Category Archives: Economic News, Trends, Analysis

CME Group Announces Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures All-Time Daily Volume Record, Surpassing 1 Million Contracts

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CHICAGO, Jan. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced it reached a daily trading volume record for Henry Hub Natural Gas futures on January 12, 2018, of 1,022,858 contracts – surpassing the 1 million milestone for the first time. The previous single-day trading volume record was 995,129…

SMB CEO Optimism Reaches Decade Peak with More than 7-in-10 Planning to Hire in 2018, finds Q4 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index

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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — CEOs voiced the most optimistic economic outlook in 14 years in the Q4 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index.  The index spiked to 110.3 from the prior quarter’s 103.   Among U.S. small- to mid-sized business leadership, planned increases in hiring and expected revenue growth were the highest in a dozen…

Endowment Index® Gains 17.61% in 2017; Best Annual Performance Since 2009

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APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) gained 17.6% (on a total return basis) for the year ended December 31, 2017.   This compares to the S&P 500, which gained 21.8% for the same period.

Lithuania: Creating the Best Conditions for Life Science Sector Growth

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VILNIUS, Lithuania, January 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The small Baltic nation of Lithuania is fast emerging as a hub for Life Sciences that is punching well above its weight. With a year on year increase of sector revenue by 25%, the country has the fastest growing Life Sciences sector in the EU. Biotech currently accounts…

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of December 24, 2017

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — comScore today announced the official worldwide weekend box office estimates for the weekend of December 24, 2017, as compiled by the company’s theatrical measurement services.

Morningstar Reports U.S. Mutual Fund and ETF Asset Flows for November 2017

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CHICAGO, Dec. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Morningstar, Inc. (NASDAQ: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today reported estimated U.S. mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) asset flows for November 2017. In November, investors placed $16.6 billion into U.S. equity passive funds compared with October’s $27.6 billion inflow. On the active front, investors pulled…

Final GOP tax reform bill punishes homeowners and weakens homeownership, C.A.R. says

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) issued the following statement in response to the final Tax Cuts and Jobs Act tax reform bill released today:

Employers Report Strong Hiring across Many Markets, Driven by Uptick in Asia Pacific, U.S. and Eastern Europe

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MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Employers globally are reporting positive hiring intentions as those in 41 of 43 countries forecast an increase in staffing levels in Q1 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Job Prospects Warm Up for Winter: U.S. Employers Report the Most Optimistic Hiring Outlook in a Decade

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MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. employers report the strongest hiring intentions in 10 years as employers across the country look to add staff in the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Burton Mills: Firms Prepare for Brexit Without Deal

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TAIPEI, Taiwan, Dec. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Burton Mills: Large firms are ramping up their preparation strategies in the event that Britain exits the European Union without an agreement as Prime Minister Theresa May battles to get discussions back on track after a serious stumbling block.