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Comerica Economic Weekly

Data released in the last week of February are consistent with a winter soft patch, induced in large part by the brutal winter weather conditions gripping much of the country. Fortunately, we are also seeing signs that there is a … Continue reading

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Most U.S. economic data this week shows the adverse impact of much-worse-than-normal winter weather. However, there is a current of momentum beneath the ice. The Conference Board’s Leading Index increased by 0.3 percent in January. Both the coincident and the … Continue reading

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Mother nature is dominating the economic headlines as yet another winter storm pounded the South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions this week. The majority of the economic data that we discuss here is seasonally adjusted. That means that normal seasonal weather … Continue reading

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Payroll employment expanded by 113,000 jobs in January, below expectations. This follows on the heels of a weak December report, when only 75,000 jobs were added. The unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in January, just above the Federal Reserve’s … Continue reading

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A full plate of economic data this week supports our cautiously optimistic outlook for 2014. As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee voted on Wednesday to taper their program of asset purchases by another $10 billion, to a monthly total … Continue reading

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It was a light week for U.S. economic data. The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index gained just 0.1 percent in December. The interest rate spread between 10-year Treasury bonds and the fed funds rate continues to keep the index in … Continue reading

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Economic data for the end of 2013 are generally consistent with the view that the economy will gradually pick up momentum in 2014. A key outlier in the data stream was the December jobs report, which showed a meager gain … Continue reading

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Like a polar vortex, the official December jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts a big chill on our previously sanguine economic outlook. Payroll jobs increased by just 74,000 in December. Countering some of the December freeze, November … Continue reading

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Economic data from the end of 2013 support a cautiously optimistic view of 2014. The U.S. economy shows evidence of a continued virtuous cycle. House prices are still going up. Home builders picked up the pace late last year. Consumer … Continue reading

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It was a big week for non-metrical economic data. A federal budget deal is in the works. The House of Representatives voted 332-94 to approve the budget deal proposed by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan and Washington Democrat Patty Murray. The … Continue reading

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