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Mar 17
Mar 17

Charts of the Week

Listen to our latest podcast here: Last week’s failure of a US bank and growing fears about the underlying health of the world’s broader banking sector have dominated the financial headlines in recent days. A trend toward risk aversion has clearly been in the ascendancy. And central banks are now...

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Mar 16
Mar 15

U.S. Retail Sales Are Mixed in February

Summary Fewer motor vehicle sales & lower gasoline prices weigh on spending. Online sales surge again. Sales elsewhere are uneven. Consumers pulled back spending modestly in February, as overall retail sales fell 0.4% (+5.4% y/y). The decline followed a 3.2% January surge, revised from 3.0% reported last month. The decline...

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Mar 14

NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Edged Up in February

Summary NFIB Optimism Index edged up 0.6 point to 90.6, its second consecutive monthly increase. But remained well below its 49-year average of 98. Five of the index’s 10 index rose, four fell and one was unchanged. Expectations that economy will improve in next six months fell. Inflation still single...

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Mar 13

FIBER: Industrial Commodity Prices Weaken

Lumber prices decline. Metals prices fall. Crude oil prices move up. The Industrial Materials Price Index from the Foundation for International Business and Economic Research (FIBER) fell 1.8% (-20.3% y/y) during the four weeks ended March 10, continuing the malaise of the last few weeks. The index had been trending...

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