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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-22-2019 Economic data for the week included stronger-than-expected retail sales, jobless claims and a tighter trade deficit, several regional manufacturing indexes showed mixed results, while housing starts again struggled. In a shortened week, U.S. equity markets were mixed, … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-08-2019 Economic data for the week featured a decline in ISM services, retail sales and durable goods orders, while the employment situation report showed decent recovery growth from poor winter results in prior months, ISM manufacturing measures rebounded … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-01-2019 Economic news for the week included a downward revision to last quarter’s economic growth in the U.S., mixed housing results, manufacturing sentiment and consumer sentiment, but a stronger trade balance. U.S. equity markets gained ground last week, … Continue reading

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Fed Update

Fed Note: The March FOMC meeting ended as many predicted—with no change to the fed funds rate, which is currently set at 2.25-2.50%. Regardless, the meeting was closely watched in terms of how the Fed planned to communicate a stance … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 3-20-2019 A busy week for economic data included stronger-than-expected results in retail sales, durable goods, construction spending, consumer sentiment and several jobs indicators, while industrial production fell short. Several inflation measures also came in a bit lower than … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 3-04-2019 Economic data for the week consisted of prior quarter GDP growth coming in late but a bit better than expected, mixed results for housing and consumer sentiment, while ISM manufacturing and jobless claims were weaker. U.S. equity … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 2-25-2019 Economic data for the week consisted of weaker results from durable goods orders and a key regional manufacturing index, as well as a lower existing home sales. An index of leading economic indicators was flattish, with incomplete … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 1-14-2019 Economic data for the week was lighter than usual, due to the Federal government shutdown, but was highlighted by a tempered but still-strong ISM services report, pullback in consumer inflation, decent labor data and release of the … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-31-2018 In a week shortened by the Holidays and a government shutdown, affecting the release of certain economic data, consumer confidence declined sharply, housing data was mixed, while jobless claims remained strong. Global equity markets ended the week … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-24-2018 In a busy week for economic data to nearly wrap up 2018, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another quarter-percent.  In other economic data, sentiment, leading economic indicators and jobless claims remained strong; durable goods orders … Continue reading

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Fed Update

Fed Note: The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee raised the fed funds target rate by 0.25% to a new level of 2.25-2.50%.  This was widely anticipated, with a high futures market probability of this outcome beforehand.  There were no committee … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-17-2018 Economic data for the week came in mixed to decent, with retail sales a bit stronger than expected, continued strength in job openings and jobless claims, as well as tempered producer and consumer inflation results. U.S. equity … Continue reading

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