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Are Security Breaches Good or Bad for the IT Sector? $

Are Security Breaches Good or Bad for the IT Sector?   $

The latest big box retailer to report a problem with point of sale hacking was Home Depot. In all, tens of millions of consumers may have had personal financial information…

Update on a Popular Chart Comparing Labor and Output $

Update on a Popular Chart Comparing Labor and Output  $

The rate of growth of real output per hour per employee has been somewhat flat of late – and that has worried economists. But,…

US Services Index Beats Expectations $

US Services Index Beats Expectations   $

The ISM Services Index, which actually accounts for about 70% of the US business community, came in surprisingly stronger than expected at 59.6 points, up .9 points from the 58.7…

Could Gas Prices Fall Below $3.00 a Gallon? $

Could Gas Prices Fall Below $3.00 a Gallon?  $

The AAA and others are starting to discuss the possibility that gasoline prices could fall below $3.00 a gallon sometime this year.   The AAA currently is showing regular gasoline…

9/11 To Take on Different Meaning this Year? $

9/11 To Take on Different Meaning this Year?  $

All you have to do is turn on the TV and you hear about terrorism and the threat of it.   Sources are now hearing of warnings being issued by…

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…

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