Market Information Friday 17 May 2019

Eurostat reports that the export from countries in the Eurozone to the rest of the world increased by 3.1% in March 2019 compared to March 2018. Total exports in March amounted €205.6 billion. Imports of the Eurozone increased by 6% to an amount of €183.1 billion. This resulted in a trade surplus of €22.5 billion.

The US Department of Commerce published figures showing that the number of homes under construction in the United States increased by 5.7% in April compared to February. The construction amounted to more than 1.2 million houses on an annual basis. On average, economists expected an increase of 6.2%. In February, housing construction increased by 1.7%. The amount of new construction permits increased by 0.6% in April.

The United States Department of Labor announced that the amount of initial jobless claims has decreased. In the last week, 212,000 requests were filed, compared to 228,000 in the previous week. Economists expected 220,000 initial jobless requests last week.

The 6M Euribor decreased with 1 basis point to -0.24% compared to previous business day. The 10Y Swap increased with 2 basis points to 0.44% compared to previous business day.

In the attachment, today’s market data on money and capital market rates as well as other rates are presented.