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  • Indicator Review: 8/4/14 - 8/10/14; Factory Orders, NMI, Consumer Credit, Wholesale Trade,  0 comments
    Aug 29, 2014 4:34 PM

    The Indicator Review aggregates the primary economic reports released each month/quarter in one place and arranges them in five categories: overall economy, real estate, business operations, business sales, and consumers. The review is updated weekly (usually by Sunday) and is primarily for students and investors who need to catch up on what happened in the market. Any reported errors can be messaged to me or left in the comments. Starting this week, all business related production will be listed under the Business Operations category. A tutorial on reading indicators can be found on my SA instablog post. You can also download the report as a double-sided PDF.

    New Reports: Factory Orders, NMI, Consumer Credit, Wholesale Trade



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    GDP up to $15.99T, Personal Consumption up to $10.91T, Private Investment up to $2.69T, Government Spending up to $2.88T, Trade Deficit up to $0.44T.

    Q2 non-residential investment up 5.5% vs. Q1 up 1.6%. Q2 residential investment up 7.5% vs. Q1 down 5.3%.

    Q2 real exports up 9.5% and imports up 11.7% vs. Q1 down 9.2% and up 2.2%, respectively.

    Employment Situation

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    Long Term Unemployment up slightly to 32.9% of unemployed.

    Employment up in Professional and business services, Manufacturing, Retail trade, Construction, Social assistance, and Mining, ordered by magnitude. Little change in other industries including Leisure and hospitality, Wholesale trade, Transportation and warehousing, Information, Financial activities, and Government.

    Consumer Price Index

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    Energy index up 1.6% and Food index up 0.1%. For energy: Electricity (0.2%), Natural gas (-2.6%), Fuel (-1.7%), Gasoline (3.3%).

    CPI Core components: Commodities less food and energy commodities (0.1%), Services less energy services (0.1%) with sub-indices: Shelter (0.2%), Transportation (0.1%), Medical care (0.0%).

    Producer Price Index

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    Final demand goods up 0.5% and Final demand services up 0.3% attributed mostly to the index for final demand services less trade, transportation, and warehousing (0.3%).

    Intermediate demand: Processed goods (0.4%), Unprocessed goods (-0.9%), Services (0.6%).


    Housing Starts

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    HS MoM regional units and % change: Northeast (105K, 14.1%), Midwest (219K, 28.1%), South (375K, -29.6%), West (194K, 2.6%).

    BP MoM regional: Northeast (98K, -15.5%), Midwest (178K, 6.6%), South (463K, -6.3%), West (224K, -1.8%).

    Existing Home Sales

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    First time existing home sales reached 5 million since October 2013.

    NAR Chief Economist: Inventories at highest level in over a year, price gains have slowed. New home construction needs to rise by at least 50% to return to a balanced market because of supply shortages. Median time on market was 44 days in June, down from 47 last month and 37 since June 2013.


    Employment Cost Index

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    Wages and salaries up 0.6% and benefits up 1.0% in Q2 for all workers.

    Total compensation by occupational groups: Management (1.0%), Sales and office (0.8%), Natural Resources, Construction and Maintenance (0.9%), Production, transportation and material moving (0.5%), Service (0.4%).

    Purchasing Managers Index

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    PMI: New Orders (63.4), Production (61.2), Employment (58.2), Supplier Deliveries (54.1), Inventories (48.5). 17/18 industries grew, 1 contracted.

    NMI: New Orders (64.9), Business Activity (62.4), Employment (56.0), Supplier Deliveries (51.5). 16/18 industries grew, 1 contracted.

    Factory Orders Report

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    New Orders excluding transportation up 1.1%. Shipments up 0.5%: Durables up 0.4% led by Transportation equipment and non-durables up 0.6% led by Petroleum and coal products. Unfulfilled orders up 1.0%. Inventories up 0.3%.Unfulfilled orders-to-shipments ratio same at 6.52. Inventories-to-shipments same at 1.31.

    Wholesale Trade Sales Report

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    Wholesales of durables up 1.4% helped by Misc. durables (3.2%), but dragged by Hardware (-1.9%). Non-durables down 0.7% helped by Paper (2.4%), but dragged by Farm products (-8.1%).

    Inventory-to-sales ratio same as previously revised 1.17.

    Retail Sales Report

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    Industries with highest YoY: Nonstore retailers/ecommerce (8.1%), Health and personal care stores (7.9%), Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.4%).

    Lowest YoY: Sporting goods, hobby, book & music stores (-2.0%), Gasoline stations (0.6%), Electronics & appliance stores (1.3%).


    July Consumer Confidence up to 90.9% from rev. 86.4%

    Consumer Credit Report

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    Total credit up $17.3B to $3.21T, non-revolving credit up $16.3B to $2.34T, revolving credit up $.94B to $873.1B. Q2 student loans up $4.3B, auto loans up $25.4B vs. Q1 up $38.7B and $14.1B respectively.

    Q2 credit card rate same at 11.83%, and Q2 four-year new car loan rate up to 4.50% from Q1 rev. 4.43%.

    Personal Income and Outlays

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    Compensation up 0.4% vs. May up rev. 0.4%. Personal current transfer receipts up 0.2% vs. May up 0.6%

    Personal Consumption for: Goods up 0.8% vs. May up rev. 0.5%. Consumption of durables up 0.5%, non-durables up 1.0%. Consumption of services up 0.2% vs. May up rev. 0.2%.

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