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New Home Sales Stumble Badly In March - April 23, 2014

Just when it appeared as though the recently struggling housing market was starting to overcome the moderate uptick in mortgage rates and the long and trying winter to get itself back on track, comes word out of Washington that the expected comeback from modestly weaker levels may be another month or two in the making. Read more

Existing Home Sales Hold Steady In March - April 22, 2014

The housing market has yet to turn in notably better results. To wit, after coming in at a modest, but respectable, annualized rate of 4.60 million homes in February, this housing category had been expected to ease somewhat in March. Read more

The Fed's Beige Book Report Shows U.S. Economy Is Strengthening - April 16, 2014

At 2:00 P.M. (EDT) the Federal Reserve released its Beige Book summation of economic conditions for the month of April. The report—a collection of anecdotal information on business activity from contacts nationwide—showed that most of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts have witnessed “modest to moderate” growth in the last month. Read more

Industrial Production Increases In March - April 16, 2014

This morning, the Federal Reserve, which is also scheduled to release its latest Beige Book summation of economic conditions later today, reported that industrial production for the month of March rose 0.7% after climbing 1.2% in the prior month. Read more

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
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