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Economic Statistics for 26 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Durable goods orders soared 5.7% in February, mainly on new aircraft orders. Ex-transportation orders, however, fell -0.5%.

New home sales in February declined 4.6 percent to an annualized pace of 411,000.

The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index rose 1.0% in January, following 0.9% and 0.6% gains in the two prior months.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index plunged more than 8 points to a reading of 59.7 for March.

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index fell 3 points to a March reading of 3.

The State Street Investor Confidence Index fell to 88.0 on lower demand for equities and rising demand for fixed income products.

In weekly retail sales, Redbook reports same store sales slowing to a 2.6% year-over-year sales growth rate. ICSC-Goldman Store Sales plunged -1.7% from last week, up only 1.0% from last year.

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Economic Statistics for 21 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Initial jobless claims rose 2,000 to 336,000. The 4-week average fell 7,500 to 339,750, while continuing claims rose 5,000 to 3.053 million.

The Philadelphia Fed Survey jumped 14.5 points in March, to a positive reading of 2.0.

Existing home sales rose 0.8% in February, to an annualized pace of 4.98 million, thanks to a rise in the supply of available homes.

The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash fell 0.3 points in March, to a still-positive 54.9.

The FHFA House Price Index rose 0.6% in January, up 6.5% on a year-over-year basis.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell 2.3 points to -33.9 in the latest week.

The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, which indicate economic conditions six months from now, rose a better-than-expected 0.5% in February.

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Economic Statistics for 19 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Housing starts rose a bit in February, to a 0.917 million annual rate, while building permits rose sharply to a 0.954 million rate.

In weekly retail sales, ICSC Goldman reports a 1.4% weekly sales increase, and a 2.3% year-on-year increase. Meanwhile, Redbook says sales rose a moderate 2.9% on a year-ago basis.

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Economic Statistics for 15 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

The CPI jumped 0.7% in February, while the core rate, ex-food and -energy, rose 0.2%. On a year-over-year basis, the CPI is up 2.0% at both the headline and core rates.

Industrial production rose a sharp 0.7% in February, while capacity utilization in the nation’s factories rose 0.5% to 79.6%.

The Consumer Sentiment Index plunged to 71.8 for March from last month’s 77.6.

Foreign investment in US securities slowed to a net $25.7 billion in January, down from $64.2 billion in December.

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell 0.8 points to 9.24 in March. Readings above 0 are generally positive.

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Economic Statistics for 14 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

Initial jobless claims fell 10,000 to 332,000. The 4-week average fell 2,750 to 346,750, while continuing claims fell 89,000 3.024 million. The 4-week average and continuing claims are now at a recovery low.

The Producer Price Index rose 0.7% in February, while the core PPI, ex-food and –energy, rose 0.2%. On a year-over-year basis the PPI is up 1.8%, while the core rate is up 1.7%.

The nation’s current account deficit for the fourth quarter was a less-than-expected $110.4 billion.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 0.8 points to -31.6 in the latest week.

For the March 13 week, the Fed’s assets rose $56.6 billion, with the Fed’s balance sheet now totaling $3.167 trillion.

The Fed reports that M2 money supply rose by $6.6 billion in the latest week.

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Economic Statistics for 13 Mar 13

Here are today’s statistics on the state of the economy:

February retail sales surged a strong 1.1%, with sales ex-autos up 1.0, and sales ex-gas and autos up 0.4%.

Oil prices caused a 1.1% surge in February import prices, while export prices rose 0.8%. On a year-over-year basis, export prices rose 1.5% while import prices fell -0.3%.

Business inventories rose an unexpected 1.0% in January, driving the stock to sales ratio up to 2.9, the highest of the recovery.

The MBA Reports mortgage applications fell -4.7% last week, with purchases down -3.0% and re-fis down -5.0%.

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