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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Thursday: Unemployment Claims, PPI

by Calculated Risk on 5/13/2015 06:32:00 PM

File under "the beatings will continue until morale improves" ...

From Bloomberg: Greece’s Creditors Said to Seek 3 Billion-Euro Budget Cuts

Greece’s anti-austerity government needs to raise at least three billion euros ($3.4 billion) through additional fiscal measures by the end of this year to meet the minimum budget targets acceptable by creditors, an official with knowledge of the discussions said.

The reductions would bring the primary budget surplus in 2015 to just over 1 percent of gross domestic product, a target Greek Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis said today is acceptable. Without any change in fiscal policy, Greece would end 2015 with a budget deficit of about 0.5 percent of GDP, the official said.
• At 8:30 AM ET, the initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released. The consensus is for claims to increase to 276 thousand from 265 thousand.

• Also at 8:30 AM, the Producer Price Index for April from the BLS. The consensus is for a 0.2% increase in prices, and a 0.1% increase in core PPI.