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Economic Statistics for 24 Oct 13

The US trade deficit widened a bit from an unexpectedly low July deficit to $-38.8 billion in August.

The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash fell -1.7 points to 51.1 in October.

Initial jobless claims fell 8,000 last week, to 350,000. The 4-week moving average rose 11,750 to 348,250, Continuing claims rose 35,000 to 2.847 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -2 points to -36.1 last week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $25.4 billion last week, with total assets of $3.839 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $20.4 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply increased by $28.8 billion last week.

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