Category Archives: Daily

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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March U.S. Employment

Meek March Brings Jobs Data Back to Earth The March Payroll Employment Survey showed a weaker-than-expected gain of 126,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for March was steady at 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees dipped to 34.5 … Continue reading

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February International Trade, March Auto Sales and UI Claims

Trade Gap Narrows, Autos Sales Jump, Claims Fall, Life is Good The U.S. International Trade Gap narrowed to -$35.4 billion in February. Light Vehicle Sales accelerated to a 17.2 million unit annual rate in March. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance … Continue reading

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March ADP Jobs, ISM MF Index, February Construction Spending, January Case-Shiller HPI

Grab Bag of Economic Data Consistent with Moderate Growth Economy The March ADP Employment Report showed a moderate increase of 189,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Manufacturing Index for March eased to a still-positive 51.5 percent. Construction Spending for February was … Continue reading

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February Income and Spending, Pending Home Sales

Consumers Spend Less, Save More…Preparing to Buy Houses? U.S. Personal Income increased by 0.4 percent in February, boosted by dividends. After accounting for inflation and taxes, Real Disposable Personal Income gained 0.2 percent. Real Personal Consumption Expenditures decreased by 0.1 … Continue reading

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February Home Sales and Consumer Prices

Breakout Month for New Home Sales Despite Bad Weather New Home Sales for February increased by 7.8 percent to an annual rate of 539,000 units. February Existing Home Sales gained2 percent, to a 4,880,000 unit annual rate. The Consumer Price … Continue reading

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