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GDP Growth Wilts In The Fourth Quarter, Rising Just 2.6%
The financial markets, already reeling recently from falling oil prices, flagging economic activity in Europe, and a mixed performance on the U.S. corporate front in the fourth quarter, now have some additional disquieting news to chew on, as the nation's gross domestic product grew by a somewhat below forecast 2.6% during the fourth quarter. Read more
The Federal Reserve Stays The Course On Monetary Policy
The Federal Reserve concluded its latest FOMC meeting earlier this afternoon, and did the expected, namely opting to maintain its present monetary course and expressed a willingness to be patient on raising interest rates. Read more
Consumer Confidence And New Home Sales Both Surge, Taking Pressure Off Economy
On a day in which the investment community received some very disappointing earnings reports from Corporate America and weaker-than-expected data on durable goods orders before trading commenced on these shores, some good news came a half-hour into the trading day in the form of two strong reports on the state of the U.S. economy. Both new home sales for the month of December and the January reading on consumer confidence were very strong. Read more
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Existing Home Sales Strengthen In December
As was the case with the recent data on housing starts, sales of existing homes also picked up in December. Specifically, in spite of low inventory levels, existing home sales rebounded last month and climbed back above the five million annual pace for the sixth time in the past seven months. Read more
Housing Starts Rise In December, But Building Permits Ease Slightly
Housing starts moved higher in December, in a pleasant surprise, coming in at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 1,089,000 homes. That was ahead of the November pace of 1,043,000 homes and expectations of 1,040,000 units. Read more
Industrial Production Softens Slightly In December
The government has released yet one more lackluster economic metric, with the latest data showing a 0.1% decline in industrial production during December. Further, that slight easing followed a formidable increase of 1.3% in November, a flat showing in October, and a strong 0.9% increase in September. Read more
Retail Spending Tumbles In December
The economy, which has been proceeding quite well for months now, and appeared headed for a decent conclusion to the just-completed year, sustained a rare jolt last month on the consumer side. On point, data just released showed that retail sales had fallen rather sharply in December, dropping by a much greater-than-expected 0.9%. Read more
Another Strong Employment Report Has Been Released
Just when it looked as though the economy might be starting to struggle a little, as recent housing data have been underwhelming and issuances over the past week on manufacturing and non-manufacturing activity have been wanting, the Labor Department has come out with a report showing somewhat better-than-expected job growth and a further decline in the unemployment rate. Read more
Non-Manufacturing Activity Slows Its Advance In December
The Institute for Supply Management earlier this morning reported that non-manufacturing activity had advanced in December, gaining ground for the 59th month in a row. However, the pace of that improvement in the services sector had moderated some from the month before. Read more
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