Jobless claims fall again to 215,000. Strong labor market fuels U.S. economy. 

The number of Americans who applied for unemployment benefits last week fell again to 215,000, reaffirming that layoffs are low and the economy is being buoyed by a strong labor market.

Stocks Lower, Nvidia Extends Climb 

All three major indexes finished lower, with the blue-chip Dow off some 600 points.

Home builders are slashing prices to lure home buyers, but it may not be enough 

New home sales at 634,000 annual rate in April, versus 665,000 in prior month.

Boost for World Economy as U.S., Eurozone Accelerate in Tandem 

Global economic growth is becoming more broad based, with surveys indicating that business activity in both the U.S. and the eurozone gained momentum in May.

Prices at the Pump Are Dropping Just in Time for Memorial Day Weekend 

Preholiday costs are about 5% below their inflation-adjusted average since 2000.

China's New Sovereign Bond Prices Go Haywire 

The price of China's new 30-year sovereign bonds has whipsawed since their recent debut, as small investors pile into a bet seen as safer than the country's property and equities markets.

South Korea Unveils $19 Billion Package for Chip Industry 

South Korea is seeking to catch up with international rivals amid soaring demand for advanced chips to power artificial intelligence and other computing.

Washington's Pivot on Bank Rules Could Free Up Tens of Billions 

By reducing additional capital requirements, banks would be freer to reward shareholders and clients.

CFOs Lock in Savings with Interest-Rate Swaps Amid Uncertainty About Fed Cuts 

Some companies are saving millions of dollars by entering into interest-rate swaps as they confront the possibility it could be a while before the Federal Reserve cuts rates.

Bank of Korea Holds Rate Steady, Raises Growth Forecast 

South Korea's central bank held its base rate steady as widely expected and raised its 2024 economic growth forecast, signaling a delay in its pivot toward policy easing.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

05-23-24 1715ET