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February International Trade, March Auto Sales and UI Claims

Trade Gap Narrows, Autos Sales Jump, Claims Fall, Life is Good The U.S. International Trade Gap narrowed to -$35.4 billion in February. Light Vehicle Sales accelerated to a 17.2 million unit annual rate in March. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance … Continue reading

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February U.S. Employment, January International Trade

Despite Bad Weather, Another Strong Month for Job Growth The February Payroll Employment Survey showed a stronger-than-expected gain of 295,000 payroll jobs. The Unemployment Rate for February fell to 5.5 percent. Average Weekly Hours for all employees were steady at … 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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September International Trade, Oil Prices, October Auto Sales

Trade Gap Widens, Implies Negative Revision to Q3 GDP The U.S. International Trade Gap widened to -$43.0 billion in September. Oil Prices are down as Saudi Arabia cut prices. WTI is trading at $77 per barrel. Light Vehicle Sales ticked … Continue reading

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September U.S. Employment, ISM Non-MF, August International Trade

Solid Economic Data Supports Stabilizing Stock Market, Decoupling, Fedspeak The September Payroll Employment Survey showed a gain of 248,000 jobs. July and August revised up. The Unemployment Rate for September dropped to 5.9 percent. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index for September … Continue reading

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August ADP Employment, Auto Sales, ISM Non-MF, UI Claims, July Trade, ECB

Late Summer U.S. Data Sizzles, Draghi Doubles Down The August ADP Employment Report showed an increase of 204,000 private-sector jobs. Auto Sales for August geared up to a 17.5 million unit annual rate. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index increased to 59.6 … Continue reading

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June International Trade, July ISM Non-MF, Mortgage Apps

U.S. Economic Data Continues a Strong Run The U.S. International Trade Gap narrowed to -$41.5 billion in June, adding to Q2 GDP. The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index advanced to 58.7 in June, its best reading ever, since 2008. The Composite Index … Continue reading

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July Intl. Trade and Construction Spending, August ISM Manufacturing

Trade Gap Widens at the Start of Q3  The U.S. International Trade Gap widened in July to -$39.1 billion after narrowing significantly in June. Construction Spending increased by 0.6 percent in July, with gains in private nonresidential. The August ISM … Continue reading

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June International Trade, JOLTS, July ISM Non-manufacturing

Trade Gap Stunner Says Q2 GDP to be Revised Up The U.S. International Trade Gap narrowed significantly in June to -$34.2 billion. Better-than-expected trade data for the end of Q2 implies a sizeable upward revision to Q2 GDP. The Jobs … Continue reading

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April U.S. Employment and ISM Non‐Manufacturing, March Intl. Trade

Bullet Dodged as Payrolls Gain, Upward Revisions Help The April Payroll Employment Survey showed a moderate gain of 165,000 jobs, with positive revisions. The Unemployment Rate for February decreased to 7.5 percent, as the household survey gained 293K. Average Weekly … Continue reading

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