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March 2019 Residential Building Disappoints
The headline residential building permits slowed and construction completions improved relative to last month. This data was worse than expected.
Rail Week Ending Saturday, April 13: Little Changed - In Contraction
Week 15 of 2019 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data.
February 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.
Headline Retail Sales Improved In March 2019
Retail sales improved according to US Census headline data. Although the three-month rolling average improved, it was slight and the overall long term downward trend remains in play.
April 2019 Beige Book: Reading Between The Lines - Rate Of Economic Expansion Little Changed
The consolidated economic report from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts (Beige Book) stated: "Economic activity expanded at a slight-to-moderate pace in March and early April".
March 2019 Headline Industrial Production Long Term Downtrend Continues
The headlines say seasonally adjusted Industrial Production (IP) declined month-over-month. Our analysis shows the three-month rolling average declined.
April 2019 Empire State Manufacturing Index Improved
The Empire State Manufacturing Survey index improved and remains in expansion. Overall this survey remains in the lower range of values seen in the last two years.
March 2019 Sea Container Counts Continue To Indicate A Weak Economy
The March year-over-year import/export container count growth rate improved from last month, but the year-to-date growth remains in contraction.
April 2019 ECRI's WLI Growth Rate Index Now In Expansion
ECRI's WLI Growth Index which forecasts economic growth six months forward improved and returned to expansion this week.
Preliminary April 2019 Michigan Consumer Sentiment Declines
The preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for April came in at 96.9 - down from the March final of 98.4 - and up from the February final of 93.8.
March 2019 Import Price Year-Over-Year Inflation Now 0.0%
Year-over-year import prices and export prices grew insignificantly.
Rail Week Ending Saturday, April 6: Less Deep In Contraction
Week 14 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 2019 Producer Price Final Demand Goods Biggest Increase Since May 2015
The Producer Price Index year-over-year inflation increased from 1.9 % to 2.2 %.
April 2019 Initial Unemployment Claims Moving Average At Lowest Level Since October 1969
Market expectations for weekly initial unemployment claims were 210 K to 215 K (consensus 211,000), and the Department of Labor reported 196,000 new claims.
February 2019 Coincident Indices Generally Show Weaker Growth
The year-over-year rate of growth of various coincident indices relative to the previous month was generally slowing or unchanged.
March 2019 CPI: Year-Over-Year Inflation Rate Rises To 1.9%
According to the BLS, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) year-over-year inflation rate was 1.9 % year-over-year (higher than the reported 1.5 % last month).
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