Powell Warns Inflation Fight Will Last ‘For Some Time’
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Powell warns of ‘some pain’ ahead as the Fed fights to bring down inflation. In his annual Jackson Hole, Wyoming, policy speech, Powell added that higher interest rates likely will persist “for some time. The historical record cautions strongly against prematurely loosening policy.” Powell said the Fed will not be swayed by a month or two of data. Read more here.
Twitter ordered to provide a subset of Elon Musk’s request for data. Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick ordered Twitter to produce a narrower section of the data requested, including a historical snapshot of accounts that were reviewed by the company to determine the number of spam and fake accounts on its platform. Twitter declined to comment on the judge’s decision.
Blackstone's single-family landlord to halt home purchases in 38 cities. Home Partners of America will stop buying homes in 38 US cities, becoming the latest institutional investor to back away from an overheated housing market. The company told customers that as of Sept. 1, it is pausing applications and property submissions in Boise, Idaho; Fresno, California; Memphis, Tennessee, and 25 other areas. It will go on hiatus in 10 additional cities on Oct. 1.
U.S. trade deficit in goods sinks 9.7% in July. The trade gap in goods - services are excluded - fell to $89.1 billion from $98.6 billion in the prior month, the government said Friday. The deficit has shrunk after a record increase in the first quarter. Lower deficits add to gross domestic product. An advanced look at wholesale inventories, meanwhile, showed a 0.8% increase in July.
Personal income increased 0.2% in July; Spending increased 0.1%. Personal income increased by $47.0 billion (0.2 percent) in July, according to estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) increased $37.6 billion (0.2 percent) and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $23.7 billion (0.1 percent). Read more here.
Snowflake reported stable year-over-year revenue growth of 83%. Management had previously guided for second-quarter revenue growth of 71% to 73% year over year. It easily outpaced that expectation. With consumer spending showing signs of succumbing to the gravitational pull of inflation during the quarter, businesses are still placing cloud services as a top priority, which is benefiting Snowflake.
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