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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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December International Trade, Q4 Productivity, January UI Claims

         Positive December Trade Data Expected to Erase Negative on Q4 GDP The U.S. International Trade gap narrowed more than expected in December to -$38.5 billion. Nonfarm Productivity declined at a 2.0 percent annual rate in Q4 due to nonrepeating … Continue reading

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