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Economic Statistics for 25 Aug 16

Durable goods orders rose 4.4% in July, with ex-transportation orders up 1.5% and core capital goods orders up 1.6%. On a year-over-year basis, however, orders have fallen -3.3%, ex-transportation orders are down -0.6%, and core capital goods orders are down -4.9%.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 1,000 to 261,000. The 4-week average fell 1,250 to 264,000. Continuing claims fell 30,000 to 2.145 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.7 points to 45.3 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $7.4 billion last week, with total assets of $4.474 trillion. Reserve bank credit fell $-0.7 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $22.9 billion in the latest week.


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Economic Statistics for 24 Aug 16

Existing Home sales fell -3.2% in June to a 5.39 million annual rate, which is -1.6% lower than the year-ago rate. This was despite a -1.4% monthly decline in the median price, at $244,100.

The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.2% in June, and is 5.6% higher than a year ago.

The MBA reports that mortgage applications fell -2.1% last week, with purchases down -0.3% and refis down -3.0%.


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Economic Statistics for 23 Aug 16

New home sales rose 12.4% in July, to a 654,000 annual rate.

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index fell from 10 to -11 in August.

The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash fell from 52.9 to 52.1 in August.

Redbook reports that last week’s retail sales growth was unchanged from the previous week at a very weak 0.2%% on a year-ago basis.


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Economic Statistics for 18 Aug 16

The Philadelphia Fed survey went positive, rising from-2.9 to 2.0 in August.

The Conference Board’s Index of Leading Indicators for August rose 0.4%.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 4,000 to 262,000. The 4-week average rose 2,500 to 265,250. Continuing claims rose 15,000 to 2.175 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.8 points to 43.6 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet fell $-2.5 billion last week, with total assets of $4.467 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $10.4 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $5.6 billion in the latest week.


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Economic Statistics for 16 Aug 16

Consumer prices were unchanged in July, though prices less food and energy, the so-called “core rate”, rose 0.1%. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI is up 0.8% overall, and 2.2% at the core.

Housing starts rose a strong 2.1% to an annualized 1.211 million rate in July. Permits were weaker, at a 1.152 million rate.

The Fed reports that industrial production to 0.7% in July, while capacity utilization in the nation’s factories rose 0.5% to 75.9%.

E-commerce retail sales rose 4.5% in the 2nd Quarter, and are up 15.8% on a year-over-year basis.

Redbook reports that last week’s retail sales growth fell to a very weak 0.2% on a year-ago basis, from the previous week’s 0.5%.


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Economic Statistics for 15 Aug 16

The Treasury reports that foreign demand for long-term US fell from an inflow of $41.1 billion to a $-3.6 billion outflow in June. Foreigners bought US securities only lightly ($7.6B), while US investors were relatively heavy buyers ($11.2B) of foreign securities.

The Housing Market Index rose 1 point to 60 in August.

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell back into negative territory again, falling from 0.55 to -4.21 in August.


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Economic Statistics for 12 Aug 16

Producer Prices for Final Demand fell -0.4% in July Prices less food and energy fell -0.3%, while prices less food energy and trade services were unchanged. On a Year-over-year basis, PPI-FD fell -0.2% overall, but were up 0.7% less food and energy and up 0.8% less food, energy, and trade services.

Buoyed only by auto sales, Retail sales were unchanged in July, but sales less autos were down -0.3%, and sales less autos and gas fell -0.1%.

Business inventories rose 0.2% in June, while a 1.2% increase in sales pulled the stock-to-sales ratio down to a lean 1.39.

The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index rose 0.4 points to 90.4.


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Economic Statistics for 10-11 Aug 16

The US Government had a budget deficit of $-112.8 billion. For the year to date, the deficit is up 10.3% over last year.

July import prices rose 0.1%, and export prices rose 0.2%. On a year-over-year basis, prices are down -3.7%, for imports and -3.0% for exports.

The MBA reports that mortgage applications rose 7.1% last week, with purchases up 3.0% and refis up 10.0%.

Initial weekly jobless claims fell 1,000 to 266,000. The 4-week average rose 3,500 to 262,750. Continuing claims rose 14,000 to 2.155 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell -1.2 points to 41.8 in the latest week.

The Fed’s balance sheet rose $2.1 billion last week, with total assets of $4.468 trillion. Reserve bank credit rose $1.8 billion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $32.0 billion in the latest week.


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