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  • ISM Non-Manufacturing

    ISM Non-Manufacturing

    September 6, 2017 – The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    September 6, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing Index

    ISM Manufacturing Index

    September 1, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    August 31, 2017 –  Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity.  We see where …Read More »
  • Components of GDP % Change

    Components of GDP % Change

    August 30, 2017 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the broadest measure of economic activity within a country and measures the market value of all final goods and services produced …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    August 29, 2017 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    August 25, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least three years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    August 24, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    August 23, 2017 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »
  • Architecture Billings Index

    Architecture Billings Index

    August 23, 2017 – The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is an indicator for commercial and industrial building activity. The Work-on-the-Boards survey is given to architecture firms each month to report …Read More »
  • Chemical Activity Barometer

    Chemical Activity Barometer

    August 22, 2017 – The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) is a composite index, which is comprised of indicators drawn from a range of chemicals and sectors, including chlorine and other …Read More »
  • Industrial Production Index

    Industrial Production Index

    August 17, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial production increased 0.2% in July, below the …Read More »
  • Housing Starts

    Housing Starts

    August 16, 2017 – Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects underway over the course of a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    August 15, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    August 15, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index

    August 11, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods …Read More »
  • Producer Price Index

    Producer Price Index

    August 10, 2017 – The Producer Price Index (PPI) looks at the average change in selling prices from the viewpoint of domestic producers of both goods and services. Three areas …Read More »
  • JOLTs since 2000

    JOLTs since 2000

    August 8, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs we are able to …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    August 4, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    August 4, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing

    ISM Non-Manufacturing

    August 3, 2017 – The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing

    ISM Manufacturing

    August 1, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    August 1, 2017 – Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity.  We see where …Read More »
  • Components of GDP % Change

    Components of GDP % Change

    July 28, 2017 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the broadest measure of economic activity within a country and measures the market value of all final goods and services produced …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    July 27, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least three years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    July 26, 2017 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    July 25, 2017 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    July 24, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Housing Starts

    Housing Starts

    July 19, 2017 – Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects underway over the course of a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    July 17, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    July 14, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Industrial Production Index

    Industrial Production Index

    July 14, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial production increased 0.4% in June, above consensus …Read More »
  • Producer Price Index

    Producer Price Index

    July 13, 2017 – The Producer Price Index (PPI) looks at the average change in selling prices from the viewpoint of domestic producers of both goods and services. Three areas …Read More »
  • JOLTs since 2000

    JOLTs since 2000

    July 11, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs we are able to …Read More »
  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    July 7, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing

    ISM Non-Manufacturing

    July 6, 2017 – The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The non-manufacturing sector …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    July 6, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing Index

    ISM Manufacturing Index

    July 3, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    June 30, 2017 – Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity.  We see where …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    June 26, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least three years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    June 21, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Architecture Billings Index

    Architecture Billings Index

    June 21, 2017 – The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is an indicator for commercial and industrial building activity. The Work-on-the-Boards survey is given to architecture firms each month to report …Read More »
  • Commercial & Industrial Loans

    Commercial & Industrial Loans

    June 20, 2017 – Commercial & Industrial Loans (C&I), also known as business or commercial loans, are loans made to a business or corporation as opposed to an individual. They …Read More »
  • Chemical Activity Barometer

    Chemical Activity Barometer

    June 20, 2017 – The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) is a composite index, which is comprised of indicators drawn from a range of chemicals and sectors, including chlorine and other …Read More »
  • Housing Starts

    Housing Starts

    June 16, 2017 – Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects underway over the course of a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    June 15, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    June 14, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index

    June 14, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods …Read More »
  • JOLTs since 2000

    JOLTs since 2000

    June 6, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs, we are able to …Read More »
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing

    ISM Non-Manufacturing

    June 5, 2017 – The ISM Non-Manufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    June 2, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    May 30, 2017 – Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity.  We see where …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    May 26, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least three years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    May 24, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Chemical Activity Barometer

    Chemical Activity Barometer

    May 23, 2017 – The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) is a composite index, which is comprised of indicators drawn from a range of chemicals and sectors, including chlorine and other …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    May 23, 2017 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »
  • Industrial Production Index

    Industrial Production Index

    May 18, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial output is up 1.0%, above the consensus …Read More »
  • Housing Starts

    Housing Starts

    May 16, 2017 – Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects underway over the course of a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, …Read More »
  • Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index

    May 12, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    May 12, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    May 10, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    April 27, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least 3 years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    April 25, 2017 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    April 25, 2017 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    April 21, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    March 10, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    March 9, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    March 7, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • ISM Nonmanufacturing

    ISM Nonmanufacturing

    March 3, 2017 – The ISM Nonmanufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing Index

    ISM Manufacturing Index

    March 1, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • Gross Domestic Product

    Gross Domestic Product

    February 28, 2017 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the broadest measure of economic activity within a country and measures the market value of all final goods and services produced …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    February 28, 2017 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • Durable Goods Orders

    Durable Goods Orders

    February 27, 2017 – Durable goods orders, which are orders to buy products that are expected to last at least 3 years, indicates how busy factories will be in the …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    February 22, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    February 15, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of strength of U.S. Consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index

    February 15, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods …Read More »
  • Industrial Production Index

    Industrial Production Index

    February 15, 2017 – The Industrial Production Index (IPI) measures the manufacturing, electric, mining, and gas industries output on a monthly basis. Industrial output fell 0.3% in December, well below …Read More »
  • Producer Price Index

    Producer Price Index

    February 14, 2017 – The Producer Price Index (PPI) looks at the average change in selling prices from the viewpoint of domestic producers of both goods and services. Three areas …Read More »
  • JOLTs since 2000

    JOLTs since 2000

    February 7, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs we are able to …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    February 7, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • ISM Nonmanufacturing

    ISM Nonmanufacturing

    February 3, 2017 – The ISM Nonmanufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    Change in Nonfarm Payrolls

    February 3, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing Index

    ISM Manufacturing Index

    February 1, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    January 31, 2017 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    Consumer Spending and Personal Income

    January 30, 2017 – Consumer spending, measured by Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), makes up approximately two-thirds of the economy and is a direct measure of purchasing activity.  We are able …Read More »
  • Components of GDP % Change

    Components of GDP % Change

    January 27, 2017 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the broadest measure of economic activity within a country and measures the market value of all final goods and services produced …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    January 26, 2017 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »
  • Existing Home Sales

    Existing Home Sales

    January 24, 2017 – Existing home sales provide the number of purchases made for homes, condominiums, and co-ops that have already been built.  Existing home sales give an indication of …Read More »
  • Housing Starts

    Housing Starts

    January 19, 2017 – Housing starts track the number of new residential construction projects underway over the course of a month. This indicator has implications for demand in construction spending/jobs, …Read More »
  • Consumer Price Index

    Consumer Price Index

    January 18, 2017 – The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tells us of any inflationary pressures in the economy.  The CPI measures the average price levels of a basket of goods …Read More »
  • Retail Sales

    Retail Sales

    January 13, 2017 – Retail Sales are the total amount of merchandise and related services sold to consumers.  It is considered a sign of the strength of consumer spending, which …Read More »
  • Producer Price Index

    Producer Price Index

    January 13, 2017 – The Producer Price Index (PPI) looks at the average change in selling prices from the viewpoint of domestic producers of both goods and services. Three areas …Read More »
  • Imports and Exports

    Imports and Exports

    January 12, 2017 – Import prices tell us the cost of products that are produced abroad and purchased in the U.S., while exports are goods produced in the U.S. but …Read More »
  • JOLTs since 2000

    JOLTs since 2000

    January 10, 2017 – The JOLTs report is the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey that tracks several trends in evaluating the labor market. Through JOLTs we are able to …Read More »
  • International Trade Balance

    International Trade Balance

    January 6, 2017 – The International Trade Balance looks at the U.S. Economy’s transactions with trading partners around the world for goods, services, income, and financial claims on liabilities. It …Read More »
  • Change in Non-Farm Payrolls

    Change in Non-Farm Payrolls

    January 6, 2017 – The Employment Situation gives the most comprehensive look at the labor market in the U.S. This report tracks new jobs, additions or subtractions from the labor …Read More »
  • ISM Nonmanufacturing

    ISM Nonmanufacturing

    January 5, 2017 – The ISM Nonmanufacturing Index helps determine overall conditions in the services sector.  Components evaluated are employment, business activity, new orders, and supplier deliveries.  The nonmanufacturing sector …Read More »
  • ISM Manufacturing

    ISM Manufacturing

    January 3, 2017 – The ISM Manufacturing Index is derived from a survey of purchasing managers and their outlook on overall conditions by looking at factors such as orders for …Read More »
  • S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    S&P / Case-Shiller 20-City Index

    December 27, 2016 – The 20-city S&P/Case-Shiller index is a measure of existing home values across 20 metropolitan areas throughout the U.S.  Home values have a broad impact on the …Read More »
  • New Home Sales

    New Home Sales

    December 23, 2016 – New single-family home sales represent the number of brand new houses that were purchased or committed to being purchased over the course of a month.  This …Read More »