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Economic Statistics for 29 May 13

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

The MBA reports mortgage applications fell by -8.8%. Purchases rose 3.0%, but re-fis fell -12.0%.

In weekly retail sales, Redbook reports a slightly better 2.7% year-over-year sales growth rate. ICSC-Goldman’s sales report is bumpy, with a weak -0.9% sales drop for the week, but a better 2.8% annual rate.

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Economic Statistics for 28 May 13

The following US economic statistics were announced today:

The Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey was mixed, with Production jumping from -0.5 to 11.2, but the overall index up only 5 to a still-negative -10.5.

The S&P/Case-Shiller home price index rose 1.1% in March, up 10.9% over last year.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence index rose sharply from 68.1 to 76.2.

The Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index rose 4 points to -2 in May.

The State Street Investor Confidence Index rose 1.2 points to 94.8 in May.

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Economic Statistics for 23 May 13

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

Initial Jobless claims fell 23,000 to 340,000 last week. The 4-week average held at 339,500. Continuing claims fell 112,000 to 2.192 million.

The PMI Manufacturing Index Flash fell a single tick to 51.9 for May.

The FHFA House Price Index for March rose 1.3%, which is 7.2% higher on a year-over-year basis.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 29.4 last week from -30.2 the prior week.

New Home Sales rose 2.3% in April to a 454,000 annual rate. Prices are skyrocketing, too, up 8.3% in April.

The Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Index rose into positive territory in May, to 2 from last month’s -5.

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Economic Statistics for 16 May 13

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

The Consumer Price Index fell -0.4% in April, but rose 0.1% ex-food and -energy. On a year-over-year basis, the headline CPI is up 1.1% and the core is up 1.7%.

April housing starts fell -16.5% to a 0.853 million annual rate. Housing permits, conversely, jumped 14.3% to a 1.017 million annual rate.

Initial jobless claims rose 32,000 to 360,000, and the 4-week average rose 1,250 to 339,250. Continuing claims fell 4,000 to 3.009 million.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index slipped half a point to -30.2 in the latest week.

The Philadelphia Fed Survey slipped into negative territory in May, falling from 1.3 to -5.2.

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Economic Statistics for 15 May 13

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

The MBA reports that mortgage applications fell a sharp -7.3%. Purchases fell -4.0% while re-fis fell -8.0%.

The Producer Price Index fell -0.7% in April, but the core rate—less food and energy—rose 0.1%. On a year-over year basis, the PPI 0.1% while the care rate rose 1.7%.

The Empire State Manufacturing Survey fell more than 4 points to -1.43 in April.

The Treasury reports that the net outflow of capital from the US was $-13.5 billion in March. Foreign accounts bought a net $15.3 billion of US securities, while US accounts bought $28.8 billion of foreign securities.

The Fed reports that Industrial Production fell -0.5% in April, as capacity utilization in the nation’s factories fell to 77.8%.

The Housing Market Index rose 2 points to 44 in May.

E-Commerce sales rose 2.7% in the 1st Quarter of 2013, down from 4.4% in the 4th Quarter of 2012.

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