Monthly Archives: June 2013

Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. equity markets reacted positively to this week’s economic data.  With monetary policy hanging in the balance, financial markets are likely to be somewhat volatile this summer as they react to both good and bad economic data. Housing markets continue … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Florida Index Increases in April

Comerica Bank’s Florida Economic Activity Index grew by 3.3 percentage points in April, to a level of 114.9. The April index reading is 34 points, or 43 percent, above the index cyclical low of 80.6. The index averaged 105 in … Continue reading

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May Income and Spending, June UI Claims, Q1 GDP Revision

Income Gains Plus Home Equity Accumulation Equals Steadier Consumer Spending  U.S. Personal Income increased by 0.5 percent in May, driven by interest and dividend income. After accounting for inflation and taxes, Real Disposable Personal Income gained 0.4 percent in May. … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Arizona Index Up in April

Comerica Bank’s Arizona Economic Activity Index climbed slightly in April, rising 0.2 percentage points to a level of 95.0. The April index reading is 23.7 points, or 33 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.3. The index averaged 87.2 … Continue reading

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May New Home Sales, Durable Goods, June Consumer Confidence, April House Prices

Positive Data Soothes Equity Markets, Summer of Volatility  New Home Sales for May increased by 2.1 percent to a 476,000 unit annual rate. New Orders for Durable Goods were up 3.6 percent in May, led by commercial aircraft. The Conference … Continue reading

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FOMC Policy Announcement

No Taper in June, Language a Little More Positive  QE3 will continue as originally defined with a total of $85 billion of asset purchases per month. The FOMC is prepared to change the pace of purchases as conditions change. The … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Michigan Index Up Again in April

Comerica Bank’s Michigan Economic Activity Index increased in April, up 1.3 points to a level of 122.4. The April index reading is 50 points, or 70 percent, above the index cyclical low of 72.1. The index averaged 114 for all … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s California Index Steps Up

Comerica Bank’s California Economic Activity Index climbed in April, gaining 2.2 points to a level of 106.6.  April’s reading is 34 points, or 47 percent, above the index cyclical low of 72.6. The index averaged 101 points for all of … Continue reading

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Comerica Bank’s Texas Index Down Slightly in April

Comerica Bank’s Texas Economic Activity Index fell slightly in April, declining 0.2 percentage points to a level of 103.7. The April reading is 32 points, or 45 percent, above the index cyclical low of 71.5. The index averaged 102 points … Continue reading

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May Consumer Prices, Residential Construction

Two More Data Points for the Fed to Consider                                                              The May Consumer Price Index increased by 0.1 percent as food prices fell. The May Core CPI increased by 0.2 percent, gaining 1.7 percent over the previous 12 months. Housing Starts … Continue reading

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