Economic Statistics for 6 Jul 16
The nation’s trade deficit widened sharply in May, to $41.1 billion from April’s $37.4 billion.
The PMI Services Index was little changed in June, up 0.1 points to 51.4, while the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index jumped from 52.9 to 56.5.
Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index was unchanged at 33 in June.
Redbook reports that last week’s retail sales growth rose to a weak 0.6% on a year-ago basis, from the previous week’s 0.5%.
The MBA reports that a sharp drop in mortgage rates drove mortgage applications up 14.2% last week, with purchases up 4.0% and refis up 21.0%.