The MBA reports that mortgage applications rose 2.6% last week, with purchases down -1.0% and refinancings up 5.0%.
ADP estimates private payroll growth in December will rise to 238,000, well above consensus estimates.
Consumer credit rose a less-than-expected $12.3 billion in November.
Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index rose to -19 in December from -25 in November.
In weekly retail sales, Redbook reports a 4.1% increase from the previous year. ICSC-Goldman reports a steep weekly sales drop of -5.4%, and a 1.7% increase on a year-over-year basis.
Exports rose and imports fell, lowering the trade deficit to $-34.3 billion in November.
The Gallup US Consumer Spending Measure for December says that Americans reported spending $96 per day vice $91 in November.
Factory Orders rose 1.8% in November, with ex-transportation orders up 0.6%. Orders for capital goods surged.
The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index fell -0.9 points to 53 in December.
The Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index fell a point to 19, the first reading below 20 in several months.
Initial jobless claims fell 2,000 to 339,000 last week. The 4-week moving average rose 8,500 to a 357,250. Continuing claims fell 98,000, but the 4 week averages for both weekly and continuing claims are above the month-ago levels, so the trend is negative.
The Markit PMI Manufacturing Index rose 0.3 points to 55.0 in December.
The ISM Manufacturing Index fell -0.3 points in December to a still nicely positive 57.0.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -1.3 points to -28.7 .
Construction Spending is still going strong, up 1.0% in November, continuing a string of monthly gains.
Motor vehicle sales fell in December to an annualized 15.4 million rate. GM -6.3%, Ford 1.8%, Chrysler 6.0%, Toyota -1.4%.
The Fed’s balance sheet fell $-8.9 billion last week, with total assets of $4.024 trillion. Reserve Bank credit fell $-1.4 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 Money Supply increased by $23.5 billion last week.
In weekly retail sales, Redbook reports a strong 4.5% increase from the previous year. ICSC-Goldman reports a weekly sales increase of 1.0%, and a 3.0% increase on a year-over-year basis.
The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose a solid 1.0% in October, with a year-on-year 13.6% price increase.
The Chicago Purchasing Managers Index fell from an unsustainably high 63.0 in November to 59.1 in December.
The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose a strong 6.1 points in December to 78.1.
The State Street Investor Confidence Index rose from a revised 91.2 in November to 95.9 in December.
Agricultural prices fell -2.2% in December, with prices down -9.5% on a year-over-year basis.
The Dallas Fed general business activity index rose from 1.9 to 3.1 in December. The production index, however, fell to 7.1 from 16.9.
The Pending Home Sales Index rose 0.2% to 101.7 in November.
Initial jobless claims fell 42,000 to 338,000. The 4-week average rose 4,500 to 348,000, while continuing claims rose 46,000 to 2.923 million. Holiday volatility is still skewing the claims numbers wildly.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 2 points to -27.4 in the latest week.
The Fed’s balance sheet rose $24.5 billion last week, with total assets of $4.033 trillion. Reserve Bank credit increased $27 billion.
The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $5 billion in the latest week.
The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index remained unchanged at 13 for December.
The MBA reports that mortgage applications fell -6.3% last week, with purchases down -4.0% and re-fis down -8.0%.
In weekly retail sales, ICSC Goldman reports a 1.4% weekly sales increase, and a 2.7% year-on-year increase. Meanwhile, Redbook says sales rose 3.9% on a year-ago basis. These are the strongest sales results of the holidays.
Durable goods orders rose a sharp 3.5% in November, with orders ex-transportation orders up 1.9%. On a year-over-year basis, orders are up 10.9% and ex-transportation orders are up 6.1%.
The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.5% in October, a year-over-year increase of 8.2%.
New Home Sales fell -2.1% in November, to a 464,000 annual rate. This exceeded expectations, but looks soft against a sharply upward revised October annualized rate of 474,000.
Personal income rose 0.2% in November while personal spending increased 0.5%. The PCE price index was unchanged overall, and up 0.1% at the core. On a year-over-year basis, income rose 2.3% while spending rose 3.5%. The PCE price index rose 0.9% at the headline level, and up 1.1% ex-food and energy.
The Reuter’s/University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index was unchanged at 82.5 for November.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose from -0.18 to 0.60 in November.
The Federal Open Markets Committee ended their meeting today. They announced that they would start a modest tapering on Quantitative Easing III in January starting with a $10 billion cut. They left interest rates unchanged, with the Fed Funds rate at a targeted 0% to 0.25%. Their December projections for GDP remain in modest—which is to say, below-trend territory: 2013: 2.2 to 2.3%; 2014: 2.8 to 3.2%; 2015: 3.0 to 3.4%; 2016: 2.5 to 3.2%; longer run: 2.2 to 2.4%.
Housing starts in November jumped 22.7% to a 1.091 million annual rate.
The MBA reports that mortgage applications fell -5.5% last week, with purchases down 6.0% and refinancings down 5.0%.