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Consumer Price Index Mixed $

Consumer Price Index Mixed  $

The top line consumer price index for July came in higher by just .1% in July – which is what most market economists had been looking for. What we want…

Housing Starts Rebounds in July and a Surprising Impact $

Housing Starts Rebounds in July and a Surprising Impact  $

This is what we were waiting for. New home starts rebounded in July hitting an annualized rate of 1.093 million. This was the second highest rate of new home starts…

What Lazy Days of Summer? $

What Lazy Days of Summer?  $

Fall sports can be the trigger. Back to school could be the thing that moves it off dead center. But, there is a reason why we call it the “Lazy…

China Business Sentiment Indicator Mixed $

China Business Sentiment Indicator Mixed  $

The MNI business sentiment indicator for China was released for July and it showed a mix of news. There are two primary pieces of the index: the current state index…

California Getting Out There on Limb by Itself $

California Getting Out There on Limb by Itself       $

We love California – please don’t take our focus on the negative conditions in the state as any barometer of our like/dislike. The state just seems to be getting the…

TranSystems Transportation Activity Index Update for July $

TranSystems Transportation Activity Index Update for July   $

. Slippage in July.  The TranSystems Transportation Activity Index report for July was released last week, and we saw a slight drop in month-over-month and year-over-year business volumes in all…

USDA and a Huge Statement on Crops $

USDA and a Huge Statement on Crops     $

 There was a statement made in the Drought Monitor map today released late last week that caught our attention. “On August 3, USDA rated nearly three-quarters of the U.S. corn…

The Future of Crude and a Catch 22 $

The Future of Crude and a Catch 22       $

. We could be seeing the impact of the global increase in crude oil production. The price of West Texas Intermediate was trading at $97.40 in late day trading on…

Iraq has a New Leader – Maybe $

Iraq has a New Leader – Maybe     $

The US has been dealing with a dilemma since the hostilities intensified in Iraq. The obvious response would have been to join in a robust defense of the Iraqi government…

When Elephants Fight $

When Elephants Fight   $

The adage asserts that the mice suffer the most and so it may well be as far as the sanctions are concerned. There has been a lot of debate over…

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