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Many economists expect the Fed will raise rates in September for a third time this year. The dollar firmed against a basket of currencies after the data. Prices for U.S. Treasuries rose while stocks on Wall Street were trading lower amid the escalating trade tensions. The Labor Department said the four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 3,500 to 214,500 last week, the lowest reading since mid-May.

Last week’s claims data has no bearing on July’s employment report, which is scheduled for release on Friday, as it falls outside the survey period, According to a Reuters survey of economists, nonfarm payrolls likely rose by 190,000 jobs in July after increasing by 213,000 3d darth vader lightsaber cufflinks in June, The unemployment rate is forecast falling one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.9 percent in July, Job growth averaged 215,000 per month in the first half of this year and the labor market is viewed as being near or at full employment..

“For now, the story still looks good for the labor market, for those looking for work, and the prospects for the economy to continue to grow,” said Jim Baird, chief investment officer at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In a separate report on Thursday, the Commerce Department said factory goods orders increased 0.7 percent, boosted by strong demand for transportation equipment, electrical equipment, appliances and components as well as computers and electronic products.

Factory orders increased by an unrevised 0.4 percent in May, But manufacturing, which accounts for about 12 percent of the U.S, economy, could be slowing as worker shortages and import tariffs put pressure on the supply chain, An Institute for Supply Management survey of manufacturers published on Wednesday showed a decline 3d darth vader lightsaber cufflinks in production in July, with nearly all industries saying workers were scarce and that raw material prices had gone up because of tariffs on steel, aluminum and other imported products..

The Commerce Department also said June orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft, which are seen as a measure of business spending plans, rose 0.2 percent instead of increasing 0.6 percent as reported last month. Orders for these so-called core capital goods climbed 0.7 percent in May. Shipments of core capital goods, which are used to calculate business equipment spending in the gross domestic product report, increased 0.7 percent in June instead of surging 1.0 percent as reported last month.

(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc’s (YUM.N) quarterly sales fell short of Wall Street 3d darth vader lightsaber cufflinks estimates on Thursday, as fewer customers dined at its Pizza Hut and Taco Bell chains, sending its shares down slightly in morning trading, Executives last quarter had warned that the second quarter would likely be the weakest period of the year, In February, Yum was forced to shut hundreds of British KFC outlets after a supplier change led to shortages of everything from chicken to gravy, in a snafu that led to a months-long recovery..

“I remain confident our actions to become more focused, more franchised and more efficient are establishing the foundation required for sustainable, long-term growth that will translate to strong returns for all Yum! Brands stakeholders,” Chief Executive Greg Creed said in a statement. Yum, the parent company to brands KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said it continues to expects its full-year performance to land within earlier guidelines. New unit growth for the year is now expected at the high end of the 3 percent to 4 percent range, while same store sales growth will clock in at the lower end of between 2 percent and 3 percent growth.

Yum shares 3d darth vader lightsaber cufflinks pared back earlier losses to slip 0.53 percent in morning trading, Its shares are down 3 percent since the start of the year, Sales at Yum’s worldwide restaurants open for at least a year rose 1 percent, missing analysts’ average estimate of a 1.92 percent rise, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, Same-store sales at Pizza Hut posted a surprise drop of 1 percent, missing expectations of a 1.21 percent increase, while Taco Bell’s 2 percent rise also fell short of estimates..

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