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February 2020 Texas Manufacturing Improves Again
Of the three Federal Reserve districts which have released their February manufacturing surveys - all are in expansion.
January 2020 CFNAI Super Index Moving Average Again Improved
The economy's rate of growth improved based on the Chicago Fed National Activity Index 3 month moving average - but the economy continues below the historical trend rate of growth.
Trucking Industry Growth Likely Contracted Again In January 2020
Headline data for the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the CASS Freight Index continue to provide opposing statistics - the question remains is trucking up or down?
January 2020 Leading Economic Index Improved
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S increased 0.8 percent in January to 112.1, following a decline in December and an increase in November.
February 2020 Initial Unemployment Claims 4 Week Average Marginally Improves
Market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims were 210 K to 217 K (consensus 211,000), and the Department of Labor reported 210,000 new claims.
January 2020 Residential Building Permits Significantly Improved
The January 2020 headline residential building permits rate of growth significantly improved and completions significantly declined relative to last month - and the rolling averages showed a similar result.
January 2020 Producer Price Final Demand Year-Over-Year Growth Jumps To 2.1%
The Producer Price Index (PPI) year-over-year inflation grew from 1.3% to 2.1%.
January 2020 Import Year-Over-Year Inflation Declined To 0.3%
Year-over-year import price indices inflation slowed but export prices are now growing year-over-year.
December 2019 Business Inventories Level Remain Elevated But Improved
Headlines say final business sales data (retail plus wholesale plus manufacturing) improved month-over-month. The rolling averages improved. Inventories remain elevated.
Headline Retail Sales Improved In January 2020 But Inflation Wipes Out Any Improvement
Retail sales improved according to US Census headline data. The three-month rolling average improved.
Rail Week Ending Saturday, February 8 - Intuitive Sectors Rolling Average Improves And Is No Longer In Contraction
Total rail traffic has been in contraction for the last year. The intuitive sector's rolling average improved this week and is no longer in contraction.
January 2020 Sea Container Export And Import Counts In Contraction Year-Over-Year
The container counts for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach shows export and import container counts in contraction - but the rolling averages are showing a clear improvement.
January 2020 BLS Jobs Situation Shows Significant Improvement
The headline seasonally adjusted BLS job growth was well above expectations.
December 2019 Headline Wholesale Sales Decline
The headlines say wholesale sales were down month-over-month with inventory levels remaining very elevated.
December 2019 Trade Balance Up $5.2 Billion
Trade data headlines show the trade balance grew with imports growing faster than exports.
January 2020 ADP Job Growth Is 291,000
ADP reported non-farm private jobs growth at 291,000 which was well below expectations.
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