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Economic Statistics for 31 Oct 13

Initial jobless claims fell 10,000 last week, to 340,000. The 4-week moving average rose 8,000 to 356,250. Continuing claims rose 31,000 to 2.881 million.

The Chicago PMI accelerated sharply in October to 65.9 from the previous month’s 55.7.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -1.5 points to -37.6.

Farm prices rose 0.5% in October, but on a year-over-year basis were down -11%.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $4.4 billion last week, with total assets of $3.843 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $12.9 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply increased by $55.9 billion last week.


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