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Economic Statistics for 26 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

Initial unemployment claims were 388,000 in the latest week. Last week’s number was revised upwards again, this time by 3,000 to 189,000. The 4-week moving average rose by 6,250 to 381,750. Analysts were expecting only 375,000 claims this week, so the number was well above expectations.

Growth eased in the Kansas City Fed district over the last month, as the Manufacturing Index fell to 3 from last month’s 9.

In a more positive sign for the economy, the pending home sales index rose 4.1% to 101.4.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to -35.8 in the last week from -31.4 the previous week.

The Chicago Fed National Activity Index shows an overall weakening in the economy, falling to -0.29. The 3-month moving average fell to 0.05.

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Economic Statistics for 24 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

Redbook is disappointing today, showing same-store, year-over-year retail sales up only 2.7%. In contrast to Redbook, ICSC-Goldman shows a 0.8% increase in sales over last week, with the year over rate rate up 3.6%.

New homes in March were sold at a 328,000 unit annual rate. This was slightly less than expected but was offset by large upward revisions to prior months.

The Case-Shiller Home Price composite 20 city index rose 0.2% last month, following a revised 0.1% dip the prior month. Home prices keep bouncing along the bottom. Meanwhile, the FHFA reports house prices in February rose 0.3%, following a 0.4% decline in January.

The Consumer Confidence Index fell one full point in April, to 69.2, mainly on falling income expectations.

The State Street Investor Confidence Index is down a sizable 3.9 points this month to 87.7, indicating falling confidence among institutional investors.

While manufacturing has been weakening according to other data, the Richmond Fed’s Manufacturing Index rose 7 points to 14.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 22 Apr 12

This week, Michael, and Dale talk about the Trayvon Martin case, Hillary Rosen, and the economy.

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Economic Statistics for 19 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

Initial jobless claims were 386,000 last week, while the previous week’s claims were revised sharply upwards to 388,000. The four-week moving average of 374,750 is the highest since January.

The index of Leading Indicators rose 0.3% in March, a growth rate that could best be described as sustainable, though not robust.

Manufacturing growth slowed slightly in the Philadelphia Fed district, as the Fed Survey slipped to 8.5 from last month’s 12.5.

Existing home sales were worse than expected for March, with sales down -2.6% to a 4.48M annual rate. Sales are hampered by tight credit and a still sluggish labor market.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to -31.4, tying the best reading since March, 2008.

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Economic Statistics for 17 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

Housing starts fell -5.8% to a lower than expected 654k annual rate. Building permits, however, rose 4.5% to 747k annual rate.

ICSC-Goldman Store Sales fell -1.0% in the latest week, and the Y/Y rate fell to 3.2%. Redbook, meanwhile, reports a similarly weak 3% Y/Y rate.

The Fed reports that industrial production was unchanged for the month, while capacity utilization dropped -0.1% to 78.6%. Manufacturing declined by -0.2% for the month.

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Economic Statistics for 16 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

March retail sales were much stronger than expected, being up 0.8% at both the headline and core levels, and up 0.7% ex-gas and autos.

The Empire State Mfg Survey points to slow but steady manufacturing growth in the New York region, with the index at 6.56 in April.

The net inflow of securities to the US slowed sharply in February, to a net $10.1 billion vice a revised $102.4 billion last month.

Inventory accumulation will probably improve this quarter’s GDP, as February inventories increased by 0.6% due to rising demand.

The Housing Market Index fell 3 points to 25, after seven months of gains. All three components declined this month.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 15 Apr 12

This week, Michael, and Dale talk about the Trayvon Martin case, Hillary Rosen, and the economy.

The direct link to the podcast can be found here.

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Economic Statistics for 13 Apr 12

The following statistics were released today on the state of the US economy:

The consumer sentiment index fell to 75.7, led by a an unusually steep drop in consumer assessment of current economic conditions.

Consumer prices increased by 0.3% last month, and 2.6% yearly. Ex-food and energy, the CPI rose 0.2% for the month and  2.3% for the year.

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