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Economic Statistics for 14 Jul 16

Producer Prices for Final Demand jumped 0.5% in June, with PPI-FD less food and energy up 0.4% and up 0.3% less trade services. On a year-over-year basis PPI-FD is up 0.3% overall, 1.3% less food and energy, and 0.9% less food, energy, and trader services.

Initial weekly jobless claims were unchanged at 254,000. The 4-week average fell 6,000 to 259,000. Continuing claims rose 32,000 to 2.149 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose a sharp 1.2 points to 44.7 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $1.6 billion last week, with total assets of $4.472 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $1.9 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $27.0 billion in the latest week.

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