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Retail Sales Surge In March, Beating Estimates - April 14, 2014

Retail sales, which had been expected to gain a solid 0.8% last month, instead surged by an even more formidable 1.1% in March. That increase, meanwhile, was the biggest one-month uptick since September of 2012. Read more

Producer Prices Jump Up In March - April 11, 2014

The Producer Prices Index (PPI), the leading gauge of wholesale price inflation, rose by a strong 0.5% last month, easily eclipsing the 0.1% expectation, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department earlier this morning. The PPI had fallen slightly in February, declining by 0.1%. That was the first drop in the PPI since a similar nominal contraction last May. Read more

Gains In Nonfarm Payrolls Seen In March; Unemployment Rate Little Changed - April 4, 2014

This morning, investors received some more encouraging news on the U.S. economy when the Department of Labor released its report on employment and unemployment for the month of March at 8:30 (EDT). Specifically, the report showed that the nation’s nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 last month and that job growth has averaged 183,000 per month over the last year. Read more

Non-Manufacturing Activity Strengthens In March

For the second time in three days, the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) has issued a report on the state of the U.S. economy. And for the second time in that brief span, the results have been positive. Read more

Manufacturing Continues To Track Higher - April 1, 2014

It was not a game-changing report issued earlier this morning; indeed, no change in direction was inferred. However, the latest manufacturing data was somewhat encouraging, as it suggested that after the long and arduous winter, the industrial sector was alive and well--if hardly booming. Read more

Final Revision To Fourth-Quarter 2013 GDP Shows 2.6% Growth - March 27, 2014

With some recent negative headlines, including a moderation in China’s  and Germany’s manufacturing activity, the geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, and a continuation in the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying tapering, investors welcomed an encouraging report this morning from the U.S. Government, which issued its final revision to its fourth-quarter 2013 GDP growth estimate at 8:30 A.M. (EDT). Read more

Durable Goods Orders Gain In A Mild February Surprise

New orders for manufactured durable goods increased by $5.0 billion, or a solid 2.2%, to $229.4 billion in February, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, in a data issuance made at 8:30 (EDT) this morning. That increase followed back-to-back declines in this volatile series in December and January. Read more

New Home Sales Fall In February Under Pressure From The Weather - March 25, 2014

At 10:00 A.M. (EDT), we received the latest report on the steadily improving housing market when the U.S. Department of Commerce issued new residential data for the month of February. The report made for disappointing reading, as new home sales fell both on a sequential and year-over-year basis. Read more

Existing Home Sales Edge Lower In February - March 20, 2014

Sales of existing homes ticked a bit lower in February, edging down by less than half a percentage point from the month before, in a basically on-target economic release. Read more

Housing Starts Edge Lower In February, But Permits Rise - March 18, 2014

In just a slight surprise, but not much in the way of bad news, the Commerce Department earlier this morning issued data showing that U.S. housing starts had edged nominally lower last month, while building permits, a more forward-looking metric, had moved up strongly. A gain had been forecast in the former housing category; a flattish reading had been seen for permits. Read more
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