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Comerica Economic Weekly

This was a light week for U.S. data, dominated by the release of the minutes of the June 17/18 Federal Open Market Committee meeting. There are several important components of the minutes that shed some light on a still-murky Federal … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

The Federal Reserve dominated this week’s U.S. economic headlines as they did the expected, more tapering and no change to interest rate policy. The Federal Open Market Committee policy announcement on Wednesday called for a reduction in asset purchases to … Continue reading

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Yellen Testimony, Q1 Productivity, April ISM-NMF, March Trade

No Surprises from Yellen Testimony, Eyes on Housing  FOMC Chairwoman Janet Yellen delivered reassuring testimony before the Joint Economic Committee. U.S. Nonfarm Productivity declined at a 1.7 percent annual rate in the first quarter of 2014. Unit Labor Costs increased … Continue reading

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April ISM Manufacturing, FOMC, March Construction, Income/Spending

Grab Bag of Data Consistent with Ongoing Expansion  The ISM Manufacturing Index for April increased to a solid 54.9 percent, boosted by employment. The Federal Reserve tapered asset purchases as expected. No change to the fed funds rate. March Construction … Continue reading

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February Leading Indicators, Existing Home Sales, March UI Claims, Fed Wrap-Up

Indicators Positive, Fed Signals Ongoing Unwind from Extraordinary Policy The Leading Economic Index for February increased by 0.5 percent, suggesting a spring thaw is coming. Existing Home Sales for February fell slightly to a 4.60 million unit annual rate. Initial … Continue reading

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December ADP Employment, November Consumer Credit, FOMC Minutes

Labor Data is Positive, FOMC Contemplates Taper Trajectory  The ADP Employment Report for December showed an increase of 238,000 private-sector jobs. Consumer Credit for November expanded by $12.3 billion, almost all the increase was in nonrevolving. The FOMC Minutes from … Continue reading

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FOMC Policy Announcement

Fed Announces QE Taper to Begin in January, Funds Rate Guidance Modified The Federal Reserve will begin to taper its asset purchase program in January. Purchases of long-term Treasury Bonds will be reduced from $45 billion per month to $40 … Continue reading

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FOMC Policy Announcement

Fed Adds Little to QE3 Debate QE3 will continue as originally defined with a total of $85 billion of asset purchases per month. The FOMC is prepared to change the pace of purchases as conditions change. The near-zero fed funds … Continue reading

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June New and Existing Home Sales, July FOMC Preview

Existing Sales Dip, But New Home Sales Surge New Home Sales for June increased by 8.3 percent to a 497,000 unit annual rate. The Months’ Supply of New Homes on the market fell to a very tight 3.9 months’ worth … Continue reading

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FOMC Policy Announcement

No Taper in June, Language a Little More Positive  QE3 will continue as originally defined with a total of $85 billion of asset purchases per month. The FOMC is prepared to change the pace of purchases as conditions change. The … Continue reading

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