Jobless claims

U.S. stocks began to partially rebound, but weak retail sales numbers and poor outlooks from major companies hindered what could have been.
It’s been a busy morning for U.S. dollar traders, with an onslaught of data releases all hitting at 8:30 ET.

The dollar strengthened on speculation the Federal Reserve is still on course to raise interest rates this year after minutes of its

Jobless claims increased by 21,000 to 313,000 in the week ended Nov. 22, the highest since early September, from 292,000 in the prior period, the Labor Department reported today in Washington.
Companies are holding on to more workers to keep pace with demand for domestic goods and services that has held up even as growth in overseas markets cools.
Claims of 289,000 through the latest weekend were fewer than expected, consistent with a sustained pick-up in hiring as fewer employers fire workers.
Somewhat counterbalancing the weak GDP reading was the latest granular signal from the labor market, which revealed ongoing improvement along with still strong consumer spending data within the accompanying GDP report
Jobless claims declined by 26,000 to 323,000 in the week ended March 1, the least since the end of November and fewer than any economist forecast in a Bloomberg survey.
Fewer Americans than projected filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, indicating the U.S. labor market is improving.
Applications for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined to the lowest level in almost two months, showing further healing in the labor market.