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Why many experts missed this: Cheap oil can hurt US economy

WASHINGTON- If there was one thing most economists agreed on at the start of the year, it was this: Plunging oil prices would boost the U.S. economy. At $2.74 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. Consider what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said in December: Lower gas prices, Yellen declared, are "certainly good for...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer
UPDATE 1-U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...
Source: Reuters | By: P.J. Huffstutter and Bill Berkrot
US government to review mystery of slow 1st quarter growth

WASHINGTON- There's something strange about the U.S. economy in the first three months of every year: It frequently grows at a much slower pace than in the other nine months. And on Friday, the government agency charged with calculating the economy's growth rate said it would adjust its methods in an effort to resolve the problem. Alec Phillips, an economist at...
Source: The Associated Press | By: By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer
Stocks fail to hold gains; dollar recovery, data eyed

U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday as investors eyed inflation data and Fed Chair Yellen's speech ahead of the long weekend.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Evelyn Cheng
UPDATE 1-U.S. oil drillers add rigs in Niobrara and Eagle Ford -Baker Hughes

Overall, U.S. drillers reduced the number of active rigs by just one this week, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said. In the latest week, drillers added three oil rigs in the Niobrara basin in Wyoming and Colorado and two in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, according to the closely followed report. The Permian basin in western Texas and eastern New Mexico, the...
Source: Reuters | By: Scott DiSavino
No sunny side: Bird flu squeezing egg prices

Normally a low-cost egg producer, the U.S. might be looking to import more costly eggs from abroad as the bird flu outbreak spreads.
Source: Reuters
Bogner attracts bid interest from Fosun - sources

FRANKFURT, May 22- A consortium of Asian investor Fosun and former Coty head Bernd Beetz is the only remaining bidder for German fashion group Bogner after Permira dropped out of the race, two sources familiar with the matter said. Bogner, founded in 1932 by ski jumper Willy Bogner, posted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation of about 30...
Source: Reuters
Goldman: Hedge funds hate these stocks. Buy them

Goldman Sachs told hedge fund clients this week to buy stocks that are unloved by their peers if they want any chance of beating them.
Source: CNBC.com | By: John Melloy
HFT is not the problem: Jack Bouroudjian

Janet Yellen just added fuel to the fire that HFT is to blame for all the ill in the market. Trader Jack Boroudjian says that's just wrong.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Jack Bouroudjian, CEO of Index Futures Group
Banks probed over automated forex deals

Trading platforms at Barclays and Deutsche Bank are being scrutinized by the DFS, Financial Times reports.
Source: Financial Times | By: Gina Chon in Washington and Ben McLannahan in New York