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Aug 31, 2023
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• U.S. job growth cooled in August. What does that mean for inflation and interest rates?
• China's Baidu beating revenue estimates and making progress with generative AI?
• What happened to Bitcoin and crypto-related stocks recently? 
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U.S. job growth cooled in August. Here's what that means for inflation and interest rates
The private sector added 177,000 jobs in August, compared to 371,000 in July, according to human-resources company ADP. This slower rate of job creation could indicate a return to a more sustainable dynamic for the labor market and put downward pressure on inflation, which may affect the Federal Reserve's decision on whether to hike rates again in September or pause. The Fed has raised rates 11 times since early 2022 to combat rising prices and overheating, but recent data suggests a cooling labor market and inflation. More economic data is expected before the Fed's next meeting, including the monthly jobs report on Friday. Read more

China's Baidu beats quarterly revenue estimates, cheers generative AI progress
Baidu's Q2 revenue exceeded estimates thanks to a post-pandemic recovery in advertising spending. Its CEO plans to intensify efforts on generative AI, and sees momentum continuing in areas such as advertising, healthcare, financial services, local services, and travel. The company's U.S.-listed shares rose 1.2%. Baidu reported adjusted profit of 22.55 yuan per American Depositary Share (ADS), exceeding analysts' average estimate of 16.86 yuan per ADS, according to Refinitiv. Baidu is waiting for Chinese regulatory approval for a large-scale rollout of its ChatGPT-like Ernie bot. Read more

Bitcoin Tops $28K on Grayscale Ruling, While Crypto-Related Stocks Soar More Than 10%
Bitcoin surged over 7% after a federal appeals court ruled that the SEC must review its rejection of Grayscale Investments' attempt to convert its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) into an ETF, potentially opening the door for a spot bitcoin ETF in the US. The legal victory could pave the way for an ETF conversion that would eliminate the discount between GBTC and its net asset value and allow a greater swath of the general public to invest in bitcoin. The ruling also caused publicly-traded crypto names like Coinbase and MicroStrategy to move higher, and altcoins like ether, cardano, dogecoin, and solana to post sizable gains. Read more

Last year today, on August 31, 2022:,
The hot topic in finance was the ongoing debate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy. There were discussions around the effectiveness of government stimulus packages and how businesses and individuals could recover from the financial setbacks caused by the pandemic. Additionally, there were talks on the changing landscape of remote work and its effects on various industries.
However, it's important to note that the world of finance is constantly evolving and changing, and the hot topic today may be different from what it was a year ago. It's always a good idea to stay up to date with the latest news and trends in finance to make informed decisions. 


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