BLS Jobs Situation Improved in April 2014 and Above Expectations

May 2nd, 2014
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The April 2014 BLS jobs report headlines was much better than expected. The unadjusted data says this report is relatively strong. Still the data is not outstanding, but trending in the right direction.

Sorry for the delay in posting today - I was called for jury duty.

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How The Fed Fixed Housing

May 2nd, 2014
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March Contracts Down 7% Y/Y; Prices Up 10%; Inventory Still MIA

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

The actual, not seasonally adjusted number of contracts for the sales of existing homes rose by 33% in March versus the February level. This is a better than the prior 8 year average gain for the month of March of 27%. However, it leaves the total number of contracts still 7% below last year’s March level.

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April 2014 ISM Manufacturing Survey Improves Marginally - Within Expectations

May 1st, 2014
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The ISM Manufacturing survey for April 2014 continues to indicate manufacturing growth expansion with a marginal improvement in the index. The New Orders sub-index which historically correlates to the economy was unchanged.

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Construction Spending Growth Continues in March 2014

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This month there is good correlation between the seasonally adjusted and non-adjusted data - and both data sets agree this sector is growing and have almost the same month-over-month and year-over-year growth.  Public construction continues to contract.

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March 2014 Real Personal Income and Expenditures Again Have Good Growth and a Reduced Savings Rate

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Both Real Personal Consumption Expenditure (PCE) and Real Disposable Personal Income (DPI) grew month-over-month. This is the third month that the growth rates were strong, but expenditures are still outpacing income - and this cannot continue indefinitely.

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