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Economic Statistics for 18 Jun 15

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.4% in May, while the CPI less food & energy rose 0.1%. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI is unchanged at the headline level, while the core CPI is up 1.7%.

The nation’s current account deficit for the 1st Quarter came in at the low end of expectations, at $-113.3 billion.

The Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook Survey jumped above expectations, rising 7.5 points to 15.2 in May.

The Conference Board reports that the index of leading economic indicators rose 0.7% in May.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 12,000 to 267,000. The 4-week average fell 2,000 to 276,750. Continuing claims fell 50,000 to 2.222 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.8 points to 40.9 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $19.8 billion last week, with total assets of $4.487 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $23.1 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply fell by $9.3 billion in the latest week.


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Economic Statistics for 16 Jun 15

Redbook reports that last week’s retail sales were still soft, rising to 1.2% on a year-ago basis, from the previous week’s 1.1%.

Housing starts fell -11.1% in May, from April’s record high pace, to a still-strong 1.036 million annual rate. Building permits—an indicator of future construction activity—rose 11.8%, as well, to a 1.275 million annual rate. April’s initial result was revised even higher, up 22.1% from march to a 1.165 million rate.


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Economic Statistics for 15 Jun 15

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey turned slightly less negative in June, rising from -3.09 to -1.98.

The Fed reports industrial production fell -0.2% in May, while capacity utilization in the nation’s factories fell -0.1% to 78.1%.

The Housing Market Index rose from 54 to 59 in June.

Foreign Demand for Long-Term U.S. Securities jumped to $53.9 billion in April on heavy buying of government agency bonds.


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Economic Statistics for 12 Jun 15

Producer Prices for Final Demand rose 0.5% in May. Prices less food and energy rose 0.1%. Prices less food, energy & trade services fell -0.1%. On a year-over-year basis, PPI-FD is down -1.1%, less food & energy up 0.6%, and less food, energy, and trade services up 0.6%. Other numbers from the release:

PPI-FD Goods – M/M change: 1.3 %
PPI-FD Goods – Y/Y change: -4.3%
PPI-FD Services – M/M change: 0.0%
PPI-FD Services – Y/Y change: 0.6%

The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment index rose 3.9 points to 94.6.


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Economic Statistics for 10 Jun 15

The MBA reports that mortgage applications rose 8.4% last week, with purchases up 10.0% and refis up 7.0%.

Information revenue rose 0.4% in the 1st Quarter. Year-on-year, information revenue rose 3.0%.

The Treasury reports an $-82.4 billion deficit for may, with tax receipts up 12.4% and spending up 4.0%. The deficit is running 16.3% below last fiscal year, at $365.2 billion vice $436.4 billion this time last year.


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Economic Statistics for 9 Jun 15

Redbook reports that last week’s retail sales continued to disappoint, down to 1.2% on a year-ago basis, from the previous week’s 1.7%.

The NFIB’s small business optimism index came in well above expectations, at 98.3 for a very solid 1.4 point gain in May.

Wholesale inventories rose 0.4% in April but far below a giant 1.6% surge in sales. The stock-to-sales ratio edged down to 1.29 from 1.30.

The Labor Department’s JOLTS Report shows April job openings at 5.376 million, the highest reading in the history of the series since 2000.


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