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Comerica Economic Weekly

Chaos in Iraq is driving oil prices up. U.S. oil production is surging, but crude oil markets are global and the U.S. is expected to remain a net energy importer for several years to come. In 2013, the U.S. satisfied … Continue reading

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June 2014, Comerica U.S. Economic Update

Q2 GDP Rebound Is in Gear, Green Light for 2014H2 The confluence of events that added up to –1.0 percent real GDP growth in 2014Q1 will not be repeated. The weather has normalized. After a sizeable inventory correction in Q1, … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

Solid U.S. economic data this week adds to our confidence that Q2 GDP growth will rebound from the weak first quarter. May payroll job growth came in slightly-better-than expected at +217,000. The May jobs numbers are a double shot-in-the-arm for … Continue reading

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May U.S. Employment

U.S. Payroll Employment Reaches New All-Time High, May U. Rate Steady at 6.3 Percent The May Payroll Employment Survey showed a gain of 217,000 jobs. April was revised down slightly. The Unemployment Rate for May was unchanged at 6.3 percent. … Continue reading

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May ADP Employment, ISM Surveys, Auto Sales, April International Trade

Mixed Bag of Data Mostly Positive, Consistent With Ongoing Moderate Expansion The ADP Employment Report for May showed a moderate increase of 179,000 private-sector jobs. The ISM Manufacturing Index for May improved to 55.4 percent, indicative of healthy conditions. The … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

This analysis covers this week’s U.S. economic data through Thursday, May 29. We are not including Friday’s release of April income and spending data. The most eye-catching data event of the week was the widely anticipated downward revision to 2014Q1 … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

Home sales and Fed chatter dominated this week’s U.S. economic scene. Housing markets look like they are going in the right direction after a winter stall. April new home sales increased by 6.4 percent to reach a 433,000 unit rate … Continue reading

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April Existing Home Sales, Leading Indicators, May UI Claims

Existing Home Sales Stabilize After a Big Slide Existing Home Sales for April ticked up by 1.3 percent, to an annual rate of 4.65 million units. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index increased by 0.4 percent in April. Initial Claims … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

U.S. economic data were mixed this week, but remain consistent with an improvement in Q2 GDP growth after an anemic Q1 reading of 0.1 percent (that looks to be revised down to a small negative). Inflation metrics warmed up in … Continue reading

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April Consumer and Producer Prices, Industrial Production, May UI Claims

Inflation Indicators Warming Up, Production Cooler in April, Claims Good  The April Consumer Price Index increased by a strong 0.3 percent, with broad-based gains. The April Core CPI increased by 0.2 percent, and was up 1.8 percent over 12 months. … Continue reading

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