Economic Statistics for 14 Nov 13
The trade deficit grew in September to $41.8 billion from $38.7 billion in August.
Initial jobless claims rose 3,000 last week, to 339,000. The 4-week moving average fell 4,250 to 344,000. Continuing claims were unchanged at 2.874 million.
Nonfarm business productivity for the 3rd quarter rose 1.9 percent. Labor costs declined by -0.6%.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 4 points to- 33.9. in the latest week.
The Fed’s balance sheet rose $55.8 billion last week, with total assets of $3.907 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $19.2 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply decreased by $-32.4 billion last week.