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The Fed's Beige Book Report Shows U.S. Economy Is Strengthening - April 16, 2014
At 2:00 P.M. (EDT) the
summation of economic conditions for the month of April. The report—a collection of anecdotal information on business activity from contacts nationwide—showed that most of the Federal Reserve’s 12 districts have witnessed “modest to moderate” growth in the last month.
Industrial Production Increases In March - April 16, 2014
This morning, the Federal Reserve, which is also scheduled to release its latest Beige Book summation of economic conditions later today, reported that
industrial production for
the month of March rose 0.7% after climbing 1.2% in the prior month.
Retail Sales Surge In March, Beating Estimates - April 14, 2014
, which had been expected to gain a solid 0.8% last month, instead surged by an even more formidable 1.1% in March. That increase, meanwhile, was the biggest one-month uptick since September of 2012.
Producer Prices Jump Up In March - April 11, 2014
Producer Prices Index
(PPI), the leading gauge of wholesale price inflation, rose by a strong 0.5% last month, easily eclipsing the 0.1% expectation, according to data released by the U.S. Labor Department earlier this morning. The PPI had fallen slightly in February, declining by 0.1%. That was the first drop in the PPI since a similar nominal contraction last May.
Gains In Nonfarm Payrolls Seen In March; Unemployment Rate Little Changed - April 4, 2014
received some more encouraging news on the
Department of Labor
released its report on
for the month of March at 8:30 (EDT). Specifically, the report showed that the nation’s nonfarm payrolls increased by 192,000 last month and that job growth has averaged 183,000 per month over the last year.
Non-Manufacturing Activity Strengthens In March
For the second time in three days, the
Institute for Supply Management
) has issued a report on the state of the
. And for the second time in that brief span, the results have been positive.
Manufacturing Continues To Track Higher - April 1, 2014
It was not a game-changing report issued earlier this morning; indeed, no change in direction was inferred. However, the latest
was somewhat encouraging, as it suggested that after the long and arduous winter, the
was alive and well--if hardly booming.
Final Revision To Fourth-Quarter 2013 GDP Shows 2.6% Growth - March 27, 2014
With some recent negative headlines, including a moderation in China’s and Germany’s manufacturing activity, the geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe, and a continuation in the Federal Reserve’s bond-buying tapering, investors welcomed an encouraging report this morning from the U.S. Government, which issued its final revision to its fourth-quarter 2013
estimate at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).
Durable Goods Orders Gain In A Mild February Surprise
New orders for manufactured
increased by $5.0 billion, or a solid 2.2%, to $229.4 billion in February, according to the U.S.
, in a data issuance made at 8:30 (EDT) this morning. That increase followed back-to-back declines in this volatile series in December and January.
New Home Sales Fall In February Under Pressure From The Weather - March 25, 2014
At 10:00 A.M. (EDT), we received the latest report on the
steadily improving housing market
when the U.S. Department of Commerce issued
for the month of
. The report made for disappointing reading, as
new home sales fell
both on a sequential and year-over-year basis.