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May 2019 ECRI's WLI Growth Rate Again Declines
ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward declined and barely remains in expansion this week.
Rail Week Ending Saturday, May 11: Intuitive Sectors Continue Slowing
Week 19 of 2019 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads traffic data.
May 2019 Philly Fed Manufacturing Survey Improved
The Philly Fed Business Outlook Survey improved and remained in expansion. Key elements remained in positive territory.
May 2019 Initial Unemployment Claims Moving Average Continues To Worsen
Market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims were 210 K to 221 K (consensus 219,000), and the Department of Labor reported 212,000 new claims.
March 2019 Business Inventories Remain Elevated
Headlines show final business sales data (retail plus wholesale plus manufacturing) improved. However, the rolling averages declined. Inventories remain very elevated. Inflation-adjusted growth is in contraction.
April 2019 Import Price Year-Over-Year Inflation Declines To -0.2%
Year-over-year import and export prices declined.
April 2019 CPI: Year-Over-Year Inflation Rate Rises To 2.0%
According to the BLS, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) year-over-year inflation rate was 2.0 % year-over-year (higher than the reported 1.9 % last month).
Rail Week Ending Saturday, May 4: Intuitive Sectors Slow
Week 18 of 2019 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads traffic data.
March 2018 Headline Wholesale Sales Improved With Inventories Very High
The headlines say wholesale sales improved month-over-month with inventory levels down but still very elevated.
April 2019 Producer Price Final Demand Year-Over-Year Growth Unchanged
The Producer Price Index year-over-year inflation was unchanged at 2.2 %.
March 2019 Headline Trade Data Improved?
Trade data headlines show the trade balance slightly worsened from last month - and the rolling averages were mixed.
May 2019 Initial Unemployment Claims Moving Average Again Worsens
Market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims were 213 K to 222 K (consensus 215,000), and the Department of Labor reported 228,000 new claims.
March 2019 Headline Consumer Credit Rate Year-Over-Year Of Growth Little Changed
The headlines say consumer credit rate of annual growth declined relative to last month.
Average Gasoline Prices For Week Ending May 2019 Up 2 Cents From A Year Ago
Average gasoline prices rose 1.1 cents this past week following the previous week's 4.6 cent rise.
March 2019 Headline JOLTS Job Openings Rate Predicting Lower Employment Growth
The BLS Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey can be used as a predictor of future jobs growth, and the predictive elements show that the year-over-year growth rate of unadjusted private non-farm job openings was relatively the same as last month.
March 2019 CoreLogic Home Prices Up 3.7% Year-Over-Year
CoreLogic's Home Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices in the USA are up 3.7 % year-over-year (reported up 1.0 % month-over-month).
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