U.S. Trade Deficit Widens; Jobless Claims Rise

April 3 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. initial jobless claims increased 16,000 in the period ended March 29 to a five-week high of 326,000, the Labor Department reported today in Washington. Separately, the trade gap widened by 7.7 percent to $42.3 billion, the biggest since September, from the prior month’s $39.3 billion, Commerce Department figures showed. Michael McKee reports on Bloomberg Television's "Market Makers." (Source: Bloomberg)
U.S. Economy 'Doing Fine,' Data Improving, Harris Says
19:17 - Ethan Harris, co-head of economics research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, talks about the performance of commodity markets, the U.S. economy and the outlook for Federal Reserve policy. Harris speaks with Alix Steel and Joseph Weisenthal on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)
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