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Economic Statistics for 28 Jan 16

December’s durable goods orders plunged -5.1%, and ex-transportation orders fell -1.2%. Capitol goods orders fell -4.3%. On a year-over year basis, durable goods orders fell -0.6%, ex-transportation fell -3.2%, and  core capitol goods fell -7.5%.

The Pending Home Sales Index rose 0.1% in December to 106.8.

The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index fell -1 point to -9 in January.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 16,000 to 278,000. The 4-week average fell 2,250 to 283,000. Continuing claims rose 49,000 to 2.268 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.6 points to 44.6 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $6.5 billion last week, with total assets of $4.482 trillion. Reserve bank credit fell $-4.9 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $8.5 billion in the latest week.

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