U.S. Economic Indicators

Initial jobless claims decreased 2,000 to 228,000 last week. The four-week moving average rose 7,750 to 220,250. DOL Report

The headline Producer Price Index (“PPI”) for final demand rose 0.2% in April and is up 2.2% since April of last year. The core — which removes volatile prices of food, energy, and trade services — rose 0.4% in April and is up 2.2% from a year ago. BLS Report

The U.S. trade deficit increased from $49.3 billion in February (revised) to $50.0 billion in March. The goods deficit rose by $0.5 billion while the services surplus decreased by $0.2 billion. Census Bureau Report

U.S. News

The Financial Times reports that China has vowed to retaliate with “necessary countermeasures” if the U.S. proceeds with implementing higher tariffs on Chinese goods on Friday. The U.S. intends to raise tariffs to 25% for products exported from China starting Friday, excluding goods currently in transit and buying negotiators extra time before U.S. consumers and businesses feel the full effects of the tariff hike. FT