Category Archives: Daily

May Consumer Confidence, April Home Sales, Durable Goods, March Home Prices

Better Data Bolsters Case for GDP Rebound New Home Sales for April increased by 6.8 percent to an annual rate of 517,000 units. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index climbed moderately to 95.4 in May. New Orders for Durable Goods … Continue reading

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April Leading Indicators, Existing Home Sales, May UI Claims, Fedspeak

Indicators Show Rebound After Weak Q1, Fed Rules Out June Lift-Off The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index for April increased by 0.7 percent. Existing Home Sales for April declined by 3.3 percent to a 5.04 million unit annual rate. Initial … Continue reading

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April Residential Construction, May Home Builders Survey

Housing Started but Builders Balked April Housing Starts increased by a strong 20.2 percent to a 1,135,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction climbed in April by 10.1 percent to a 1,143,000 unit pace. The National Association of … Continue reading

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April U.S. Employment

Hiring Bounces Back in April, Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.4 Percent April Payroll Employment bounced back to show a gain of 223,000, as March was revised down to +85,000. The Unemployment Rate for April fell to 5.4 percent. Average Weekly … Continue reading

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March Income and Spending, Q1 Employment Costs, April UI Claims, Fed

Unconvincing Data Keeps Fed on Hold S. Personal Income was unchanged in March. After taxes and inflation it dipped 0.2 percent. Real Consumer Spending increased by 0.3 percent in March as auto sales rebounded. The Employment Cost Index continued to … Continue reading

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2015Q1 GDP, February House Prices, April Consumer Confidence

First Quarter Real GDP Growth Meager at 0.2 Percent Real Gross Domestic Product growth for 2015Q1 registered a barely positive2 percent annual rate. The Case-Shiller U.S. House price index gained4 percent in February, up 4.2 percent for the year. The … Continue reading

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March Home Sales, April UI Claims

New Home Sales Reset in March, but Trend Looks Good New Home Sales for March decreased by 11.4 percent to an annual rate of 481,000 units. March Existing Home Sales increased by 6.1 percent, to a 5,190,000 unit annual rate. … Continue reading

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March Consumer Prices, Leading Indicators

Inflation Metrics Firming Up With $50 Oil The March Consumer Price Index increased by 0.2 percent with gains in energy prices. The March Core CPI also gained2 percent, and was up 1.8 percent over the previous 12 months. The Conference … Continue reading

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March Residential Construction, Industrial Production, April UI Claims

Housing Starts Washed Out, Builder Confidence Sunny March Housing Starts increased by 2.0 percent to a 926,000 unit annual rate. Permits for new residential construction decreased in March by 5.7 percent to a 1,039,000 unit pace. The National Association of … Continue reading

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March Retail Sales, Producer Prices, NFIB, February Inventories

Cars Drive Sales, Wholesale Prices Lift as Oil Stabilizes March Retail Sales climbed by 0.9 percent as auto sales gained 2.7 percent. Ex-auto Retail Sales increased by 0.4 percent. The Producer Price Index for final demand increased by 0.2 percent … Continue reading

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