February 2014 Leading Economic Index Improves

March 20th, 2014
in aa syndication, leading indicators

Written by

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for the U.S. improved again in February to 99.8 (2004 = 100, previous month reading = a downwardly revised 99.3). The index growth has been noisy but remains in a growth trend.

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Economic Indicator Review

March 19th, 2014
in employment, retail and business sales

by Lee Adler, Wall Street Examiner

Here’s a brief review of the charts from a few of last week’s economic data releases.

JOLTS

The Labor Department’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey reported 4.12 million job openings (actual- not seasonally adjusted) in January, a 7.4% increase over January 2013. The growth rate has ranged from 6% to 11% over the past 6 months which is somewhat slower than the 2011-2013 growth rates. January’s job postings rose 21.7% over December’s, which is consistent with a typical January. The January 2013 gain was the same. The 10 year average gain for January is 18.6%.

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February 2014 Sea Container Counts Now Contracting

March 18th, 2014
in aa syndication, trade data, transport

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Export and Import container counts were very weak in February 2014. Worse, the rolling averages are decelerating and the year-to-date counts are contracting over 2013 levels.

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Residential Building Sector Remains Soft in February 2014

March 18th, 2014
in aa syndication, construction spending

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Residential building permits in February shows the rate of growth is relatively soft. Yet, despite other bad data being blamed on the weather, construction completions were very strong.

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February 2014 CPI Inflation Moderates

March 18th, 2014
in aa syndication, prices - ppi, cpi, etc

by Doug Short and

The February 2014 Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) year-over-year inflation rate moderated fueled by a fall in energy commodity prices.

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