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The US in May added 559K non-farm payrolls jobs less than forecasted 674k new jobs, April prev 266k was rrevised to 278k. The unemployment rate fell to 5.8% from 6.1%. US Average Hourly Earnings (M/M) were higher by 0.5% (est 0.2%; prevR 0.7%; prev 0.7%)

The favorite inflation measure of the Fed, core PCE Price Index, which excludes food and energy, increased 3.1% ahead of consensus 2.9%,the most since 2018 and up from last month's +1.8% year-over-year. The PCE Price Index jumped 0.7% m/m, over 0.6% expected, up from.4% prior.

New home sales fell 5.9% month-over-month in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 863,000 from a downwardly revised 917,000 (from 1.021 million) in March. The median sales price increased 20.0% yr/yr to $372,400 while the average sales price jumped 20.8% to $435,400.

April US existing home sales from the National Association of Realtors fell 2.7% to 5.858 million v forecasts of a 2 percent rise. Notably pressure is coming from the supply of existing homes for sale remains near all-time low levels. This is creating affordability pressures for prospective buyers.

Australia saw stronger than expected full-time employment as part time jobs fell in April. Unemployment fell again to 5.5%. Participation eased off record high participation 66.3% to 66%, Underemployment the lowest in 7 years at 7.8%.

Japan's April trade surplus was JPY 255.3 billion as exports from Japan jumped 38.0% yoy to JPY 7,181 billion and after a 16.1% rise in March. This was the steepest growth in outbound shipments since April 2010 with the recovery in global trade.

Australia Wage Price Index for Q1 2021 came in at +0.6% q/q slightly ahead of the expected 0.5%. Yesterday the RBA minutes showed the bank saying wage growth would need to be "sustainably" above 3% to meet inflation target.

US Consumer price inflation (CPI) for April came in hot at +4.2% y/y vs +3.6% expected up from +2.6% and the highest since 2008. Core, Ex food and energy +3.0% y/y vs +2.3% expected and prior ex food and energy +1.6%. Month on month CPI rose +0.8% m/m vs +0.2% expected with [rior m/m reading was +0.6%. Real wages were much lower, Real avg hourly earnings -3.7% vs +1.5% y/y prior.

The US in April added only 266K non-farm payrolls jobs less than forecasted 1.005,000 new jobs, March prev 918k was rrevised to 708k. The unemployment rate rose to 6.1%. Misses were in private payrolls +218K vs +933K expected and manufacturing payrolls -18K vs +54K expected

The favorite inflation measure of the Fed, core PCE Price Index, which excludes food and energy, increased 0.4% ahead of consensus 0.3% and up from last month's +0.1%, putting it up 1.8% year-over-year. The PCE Price Index jumped 0.5%, as expected, putting it up 2.3% year-over-year, the most since 2018

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