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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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May Consumer Prices, Residential Construction

Two More Data Points for the Fed to Consider                                                              The May Consumer Price Index increased by 0.1 percent as food prices fell. The May Core CPI increased by 0.2 percent, gaining 1.7 percent over the previous 12 months. Housing Starts … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

Mixed data this week suggests that the Fed will not begin to back off the QE accelerator at their upcoming FOMC meeting this Tuesday and Wednesday Total retail sales increased by 0.6 percent in May, suggesting that the American consumer … Continue reading

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Comerica Economic Weekly

Two themes emerged from this week’s U.S. economic events. (1) Residential real estate conditions continue to improve. (2) The Federal Reserve is getting close to the beginning of the end of QE3. Continue reading

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April New Home Sales, Existing Home Sales, May UI Claims, Fedspeak

Housing-related data continues to be positive. New home sales for April increased by 2.3 percent to hit a 454,000 unit sales rate. Also, Federal Reserve officials are increasingly anticipating the turn in monetary policy. Continue reading

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