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Economic Statistics for 03 Oct 13

The Factory Orders report is delayed due to the government shutdown.

The Challenger Job-Cut Report shows 40,289 layoffs in September, the second highest number since April, But well below August’s 50,462.

Gallup reports that the U.S. Payroll to Population employment rate fell to 43.5% in September, from 43.7% in August.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell a point to -29.4.

Initial jobless claims rose 3,000 last week, to 308,000. The 4-week moving average fell 3,000 to 305,000. Continuing claims rose 104,000 to 2.925 million.

The ISM Non-Mfg Index fell 4 points to 54.4 in September.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $13.4 billion last week, with total assets of $3.747 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $2.1 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply increased by $38.1 billion last week.

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