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Economic Statistics for 24 Sep 15

Durable Goods orders fell 0-.2% in August, while ex-transportation orders were unchanged. Core capital goods orders also fell -0.2%. On a year-over-year basis, Durable goods orders are down -2.3%, ex-trasportation orders are down -3.9%, and core capital goods are up 0.8%.

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index joins other Fed indexes in moving to negative territory, falling from 0.34 to -0.41 in August.

The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index rose just 1 point to -8 in September.

New home sales hit a surprising annual rate of 552,000, the highest since February, 2008. Supply to sales dropped to 4.7 months.

Initial weekly jobless claims rose 3,000 to 267,000. The 4-week average fell 750 to 271,750. Continuing claims fell 25,000 to 2.242 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.7 points to 41.9 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $9.7 billion last week, with total assets of $4.498 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $10.9 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $36.7 billion in the latest week.


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