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Philly and Empire State Indexes Contradict $

Philly and Empire State Indexes Contradict  $

Of course, we could have predicted it. Two different Fed districts, two different experiences across the manufacturing sector. The Philadelphia and New York Federal Reserves released their monthly business and…

Weekly Jobs Report Surprises

Weekly Jobs Report Surprises

We aren’t going to dwell on this much, but weekly jobless claims hit four month highs as the number of filers for unemployment rose to 316,000, up 19,000 over last…

Dallas Fed Index Shows Manufacturing Booming $

One would expect the downturn in the oil sector to create a lot of problems for Texas. In fact, JP Morgan called for the drop in oil prices to push…

Anecdote on Oil Jobs $

There’s a lot of banter swirling around about the health of the oil sector if prices remain in the $50 per barrel range for an extended period of time. I…

US Food Prices Could Get Hit by Russian Action $

US Food Prices Could Get Hit by Russian Action  $

Here is an angle we haven’t thought about much – but watch your bread prices and other products that contain wheat. Despite a really strong harvest season for US wheat,…

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 recession started.…

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% annual rate…

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 20% in…

Auto Sales Boom

Auto Sales Boom

This is preliminary data, but it appears as though the lower gas prices and many dealer year-end closeouts have worked to make November auto sales one of the strongest in…

JOLTS Data Unremarkable $

 The Job Openings and Labor Turnover report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released today and it showed that:     There were 4.7 million job openings in September…

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