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Economic Statistics for 24 Apr 14

Durable goods orders rose 2.6% in March, while orders ex-transportation rose a very positive 2.0%.

Weekly initial jobless claims rose 24,000 to 329,000. The 4-week average rose 4,750 to 316,750. Continuing claims fell 61,000 to 2.680 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 3.7 points to -25.4 in the latest week.

The Kansas City Fed manufacturing index fell 3 points to 7 in April.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $12.4 billion last week, with total assets of $4.296 trillion. Total reserve bank credit rose by $7.8 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose $25.2 billion in the latest week.

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