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A Note on the Industrial Production Numbers  $

A Note on the Industrial Production Numbers $

In general there was a lot to like in the recent industrial production report – a gain of 1.1% and an improvement to levels not seen since the…

Yet, Industrial Production Was Strong in November  $

Yet, Industrial Production Was Strong in November $

Industrial production (a figure watched closely by economists to determine the health of the economy) came in 1.3% stronger in November and currently is running at a 5.2%…

Total Construction Spending Rises in October $

Total Construction Spending Rises in October $

Total construction spending rose by 1.1% in October from September’s levels. Public construction spending rose more than expected, jumping 2.3% in the month. Federal construction activity rose nearly…

Top Stories

Does “Considerable” Make its Last Appearance? $

Does “Considerable” Make its Last Appearance?  $

Tomorrow may see the last of “considerable”; and here’s why. This word has been code…

Housing Starts Struggle in November $

Housing Starts Struggle in November  $

The housing sector delivered us some disappointing news for November. Here are the top details…

So Much to Watch

So Much to Watch

We seem to have fallen back into a period in which the events worldwide are…

Does the US Suffer from Corruption? $

Does the US Suffer from Corruption?   $

There are few subjects that evoke more passionate responses than that of corruption. It would…

The World Can’t Handle Another Two Years of “Ho Hum” $

The World Can’t Handle Another Two Years of “Ho Hum”   $

It seems like most of us have been waiting for something.   “Just wait till…

Geopolitics

Swedish Right Threatens Government

Swedish Right Threatens Government

The Social Democrats formed a very weak government a few weeks ago and the analysts stated that it would likely fall apart sooner than later as it lacked…

Israeli Government Collapses

Israeli Government Collapses

This was planned and designed to allow Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu to form a new coalition with even fewer moderates than before. He was especially interested in getting…

Our Take on Russian Bombers Probing US Shores $

Our Take on Russian Bombers Probing US Shores  $

It has been widely reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said in an interview on Wednesday that Russia would have to step up patrols in the Western…

Why We Should Watch China $

Why We Should Watch China  $

We wrote at length prior to the Sochi Olympics why the period after the games would be so volatile for the region around the Baltics and former Soviet…

The Waiting Game $

The Waiting Game         $

With three major events scheduled over the next 7 days, the marketplace seems to be light on real news and long on speculation and fear mongering.It may not…

Raw Materials

Crude Oil Break-Even, the Critical Moving Target $

Crude Oil Break-Even, the Critical Moving Target  $

There was an interesting interview on CNBC today that some of you may have caught. In it, an analyst known for…

AAR Report Shows Little Slowdown in US Petroleum Production $

AAR Report Shows Little Slowdown in US Petroleum Production  $

If you want to see whether real time crude oil production is being cut, why not go to the sector that…

Crude Oil Takes a Plunge – Could Get Serious $

Crude Oil Takes a Plunge – Could Get Serious  $

West Texas Intermediate broke through a number of technical levels today. We pulled the following chart from investing.com to show you…