• Economic conditions have improved modestly since last report
  • 8 of 12 districts saw improvement
  • Labor market weak though signs of stabilization and scattered improvement
  • Consumer spending rising moderately
  • Commercial real estate, construction very weak

As expected, the Beige Book shows a very moderate pick up in demand but not much improvement in the labor market. Looks like very little to dissuade the Fed from keeping rates low for a long time to come.

Rates are steady with EUR/USD at 1.5044 and USD/JPY at 87.30.