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Prospects Daily: PMI for U.S. and Europe show stronger factory- and services activity in January

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Important developments today:

1. U.S. Treasury prices slip after favorable unemployment claims data

2. U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance fall in latest week

3. ISM survey of U.S. services industries for January showed that activity expanded at the fastest pace since 2005


Developing countries pass stress-test of financial crisis with flying colors

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Developing countries are estimated to have grown by 7 percent in 2010, and growth is projected to come in at 6 and 6.1 percent in 2011 and 2012 (see Global Economic Prospects, January 2011) – more than twice as fast as high-income countries.  This return to very strong growth rates appears to confirm that the acceleration of growth that occurred during the late 1990s and into the early 2000s was indeed the result of improved fundamentals following years of structural reform, and not, as some had argued, an unsustainable reflect

Prospects Daily: Japan's credit rating downgraded by S&P to AA

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Important developments today:

1. Treasuries rebound after the latest debt auction

2. S&P knocks Japan’s credit rating down a notch to AA- on deflation and debt

3. Trade is showing evidence of a turnaround in the last months of 2010

4. Generally upbeat indicators for U.S. economy

5. consumer and business sentiment indicators hold prime space in the headlines