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Analysts at Deutsche Bank note that last night’s Fed’s Beige Book revealed that the US economy remains solid but with increased concerns on trade tensions, which didn’t sound particularly ground-breaking.

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“In the details, 10 of the 12 districts reported “moderate to modest” growth with the exception in the Dallas District which reported “strong growth”, in part as it’s linked to the energy sector.”

“On trade, “manufacturers in all districts expressed concerns about tariffs and in many districts reported higher prices and supply disruptions” and a number of districts reported higher input costs due to the import tariffs raising prices. Notably, there was only a “slight to moderate” pass through of higher lumber and metal prices to end consumers for now. Elsewhere the report continued to note tight labour markets and a shortage of skilled workers, but wage increases remained “modest to moderate”, although it was noted that a couple of Districts had seen a pickup in the pace of wage growth.”