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Economic Statistics for 16 Jan 14

Weekly jobless claims fell 2,000 to 326,000. The 4-week average fell 14,000 to 335,000. Continuing claims rose 174,000 to 3.030 million.

Consumer prices rose 0.3% in December, with the core CPI up 0.1%. On a year-over year basis, the CPI is up 1.5%, and the core rate is up 1.7%.

Foreign holdings in long-term US securities fell by $-29.3 billion in November.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -2.7 points to -31.0.

The general business conditions index of the Philadelphia Fed’s Business Outlook Survey for December rose 2.4 points to 9.4.

The Housing Market Index for January fell 2 points to 56.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $43.3 billion last week, with total assets of $4.072 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $24.7 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply increased by $24.8 billion last week.

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