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UK Retail Could Slow in the Next 30 Days.

Forecasters at the Confederation of British Industry released a note on their forecast for retail sales over the next 60 days and they believe that sales volumes will slow in August – despite back to school activity.   Specifically, what analysts are watching is an index reading. What they had expected coming out of the […]

Chinese Auto Sales to Struggle? $

As you know by now, we are piecing together all of the data points that we can to give you an accurate reading on the Chinese market. Is it as strong as the Chinese Government wants us to believe? Is it weaker? Or is the truth somewhere in the middle – and we can actually […]

M&A Busiest on Record?

What happens when global companies are sitting on record cash and don’t know what to do with it?  They buy other companies. Several sources are now predicting that the third quarter of 2015 could be among the busiest on record (based on the dollar value of those deals).   Analysts believe that the number of […]

UPS Stuns Market with GDP Prediction. $

One of the things that we hold strongly is the direction that we get from bellwethers in the marketplace. When one of our larger corporate entities with exposure worldwide gives us predictions on the US or global economy, just about everybody pays attention. That’s why it took the market by storm when UPS announced that […]

Durable Goods Orders Jump by 3.4%.

The durable goods new orders report can be confusing, there are many components to it. Instead of trying to give you the dirty details, we thought it might be easier to digest in bulleted highlights.   Durable goods orders rose by 3.4%, beating expectations. Transportation equipment led the sub-categories with an increase of 8.9%. Non-defense […]

Consumer Confidence Drops Sharply. $

It came as a surprise, but consumer confidence fell by nine points in July to an index reading of 90.9, down from 99.8 in June (according to the Conference Board – not the UMichigan report).  This was in sharp contrast to what analysts had been expecting, they were looking for a rise of about three […]

A Move in Europe Could Hurt US Auto Sales. $

Auto insurance hikes in the UK are expected to rise by 5.5% in 2015 and could accelerate even faster after November of this year. Consumers who are in the 23-29 years of age group will get hit with the sharpest increases. This is all due to an increase that the British Government’s increase in Insurance […]

Grexit Risk from Greece Sweeps Media Again Today $

You may have seen already that there are now some analysts suggesting that a Greek exit from the Euro could come in 2016.  The notion is pretty simple, upon analysis of its economy, future debt obligations, and success of current austerity measures, Greece can’t workably get through this period of financial distress without an exit […]

Could Detroit Suplant Greece in the Headlines Once Again?

The world has been focused on Greece for the past six months, but a crisis is brewing far closer to home and could rear its head in the next ten days.   According to Reuters, Detroit has less than 10 days to officially declare another “financial emergency”.  Although the emergency is not as dire as […]

US Industrial Production Revised Downward.

We went through some revisions to industrial production data this week. Industrial production is currently trending at just 1.5% in annualized growth through June of 2015. It had improved slightly by .3% after slipping in the prior two months. Month over month in June, there weren’t great highlights. Materials production and mining/utilities were stronger.  But, […]

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