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Slight Improvement in Household Finances. $

The latest survey on household finances by the Fed shows that there has been a slight improvement in how people see their situation. Some 69% assert that they are “doing…

Pending Home Sales Surge by Most in a Decade. $

Another clear indicator for the Federal Reserve (when considering a hike in interest rates) is coming out of the housing sector. The latest positive report came in the pending home…

The Hit and Miss in the Durable Goods Report. $

First, if you sell anything to the aerospace or automotive sector, take a deep breath and have a great weekend, the durable goods new orders for those segments came in…

Simple Concept – Big Change in the Future. $

Our friends at Kansas City Southern were quoted in the WSJ yesterday, discussing the new challenges facing the rail sector in meeting capacity demands for the petroleum refinery sector.  …

How Quickly Fortunes Change. $

How Quickly Fortunes Change.  $

I grew up on Sears. Some of my earliest memories with my grandparents were going downtown to a little bitty Sears store where they would shop for items in the…

Federal Reserve, a Recession, and June/July $

  This is short and sweet:  the Federal Reserve will dictate how your next 24 months will go. That’s bold. But, if the Fed moves on interest rates in June…

And Yet, Some Seeing Signs of a Looming Recession $

That is the assessment of some economists anyway. In a recent survey conducted by the WSJ the consensus view of the participating economists thought there was a 1 in 5…

Home Builders Remain Confident. $

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released the latest of their confidence surveys and the results were far better than had been expected given all the issues that…

Industrial production Signals No Recession? $

There are a number of industries that can tie their direct business growth to the Industrial Production Index. Specifically, we can carve out the IPI for Manufacturing to find some…

Import Prices Rise for Second Straight Month. $

Import Prices Rise for Second Straight Month.  $

The per barrel price of oil has risen by 70% since the start of the year and the US still imports about 30% of its needed crude. This has been…

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