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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. data from the middle of January reminds us that there is still uncertainty associated with economic metrics, even within the context of a generally favorable U.S. outlook. The Swiss National Bank added to global uncertainty as they released their … Continue reading

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January 2015, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

U.S. Economy Set for Growth in 2015, Shifting Regional Patterns U.S. economic data at year-end 2014 was strong and we expect that momentum to carry over into 2015. In December, 252,000 payroll jobs were added, and the already strong October … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data from year-end 2014 continues to impress, setting the stage for solid momentum in 2015. U.S. job creation remains strong in December as 252,000 payroll jobs were added on a net basis. Moreover, the already strong October and … Continue reading

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January Rig Count, December ADP Employment, ISM Non-MF Index, Auto Sales, November Trade

U.S. Economy Finishes 2014 Strong, Oil Prices and Rig Count Still Sliding The December ADP Employment Report showed a strong gain of 241,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for December eased to a still-positive 56.2. Light Vehicle Sales for … Continue reading

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November Home Sales, Income and Spending, Durable Goods Orders, Q3 GDP

Naughty and Nice, Home Sales Stutter but GDP Roars Ahead New Home Sales for November declined by 1.6 percent to an annual rate of just 438,000 units. November Existing Home Sales fell by 6.1 percent, to a 4,930,000 unit annual … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

We approach the end of the year with the price of oil, the health of the Russian economy and the Federal Reserve as hot topics this week. WTI crude oil traded in a range of about $54 to $58 per … Continue reading

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November Leading Indicators, CPI, December UI Claims, Fedspeak

Solid Economic Data Supports Another Step in the Fed’s Pivot The Leading Economic Index for November gained 0.6 percent. The Consumer Price Index for November fell by 0.3 percent with lower gasoline prices. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance fell by … Continue reading

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Lower Oil Prices to Boost Southern California

Lower oil prices will support the Southern California economy. West Texas Intermediate spot prices have taken a sharp slide from $102 per barrel in June down to near $55 per barrel in mid-December. Lower oil prices are expected to persist … Continue reading

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Northern California Economy Driven By Strong Labor Market Gains

Northern California has created around 400,000 jobs in the past four years, bringing area payroll employment back to 2001 levels at over 3.1 million nonfarm workers. Job gains have been widespread over the past 12 months, with a quarter of … Continue reading

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Central West Michigan Boosted by Grand Rapids

The Central West Michigan economy is supported by the surprising strength of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids was recently ranked as the fifth fastest growing city in terms of per capita growth from 2010 to 2013, according to the Bureau of … Continue reading

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