Economic Statistics for 19 Mar 15
Initial weekly jobless claims 1,000 to 291,000. The 4-week average rose 2,250 to 304,750. Continuing claims fell 11,000 to 2.417 million.
The nation’s current account gap widened sharply by $-14 billion in the 4th quarter, to $-113.5 billion. Relative to GDP, the current account deficit rose 0.4% to 2.6%.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.9 points to 44.2 in the latest week.
The general business conditions index of the Philadelphia Fed Survey was little changed in March, down -0.2 points to 5.0.
The Conference Board’s index of leading indicators in February rose 0.2%, with the yield spread as the biggest positive indicator.
The Fed’s balance sheet rose $6.6 billion last week, with total assets of $4.496 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $10.7 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 money supply fell by $-28.1 billion in the latest week.