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Archive: August, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 10:54 AM
A ship is loaded with cargo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP File Photo/J Pat Carter)

INDICATOR: Revised Second Quarter GDP/Weekly Jobless Claims

KEY DATA: GDP: 2.5% (up from 1.7%)/Claims: 331,000 (down 6,000)

IN A NUTSHELL: "Improving exports shows how being a seller to the world rather than just a buyer can really help the economy."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:59 AM
A Surfside, Fla., home. Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have spurred Americans to buy. (Wilfredo Lee / AP)

INDICATOR: August Conference Board Consumer Confidence/June S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices

KEY DATA: Confidence: 81.5 (up 0.5 point) /Case-Shiller: up 0.9%; Year-over-Year: +12.1%

IN A NUTSHELL: "Confidence is not rising very rapidly even with home prices still rising sharply."

POSTED: Monday, August 26, 2013, 10:08 AM
Orders for new computers fell nearly 20 percent in July. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

INDICATOR: July Durable Goods Orders

KEY DATA: Orders: -7.3%; Excluding Aircraft: -1.5%; Computers: -19.9%; Capital Expenditures: -3.3%; Backlogs: +0.4%

IN A NUTSHELL: "With the demand for big-ticket items faltering big-time, the prospects for solid growth this quarter grow dimmer."

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 2:48 PM
The little economic engine that could. (AP Photo)

INDICATOR: July Leading Indicators/Weekly Jobless Claims

KEY DATA: Leading Indicators: +0.6%/Jobless Claims: 336,000 (up 13,000)

IN A NUTSHELL: "The economy seems to be picking up some steam as the labor market continues to improve."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 11:30 AM

INDICATOR: July Existing Home Sales

KEY DATA: Sales: (Monthly) up 6.5%; Year-over-Year: up 17.2%; Median Prices (Year-over-Year): up 13.7%

IN A NUTSHELL: "Housing activity remains solid but whether that is due to underlying strength or fears of higher mortgage rates is still quite unclear."

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 9:01 AM
(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

INDICATOR: July Consumer Price Index/Weekly Jobless Claims

KEY DATA: CPI: +0.2%; Excluding Food and Energy: +0.2%/Claims: 320,000

IN A NUTSHELL: "Inflation remains tame but it really looks like the labor market is starting to heat up."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:47 AM
(AP Photo/Jaime Henry-White)

INDICATOR: July Retail Sales/Import Prices

KEY DATA: Retail Sales: +0.2%; Excluding Vehicles: +0.5%/Imports: +0.2%; Non-Fuel: -0.4%

IN A NUTSHELL: "Consumers are still spending but not with a whole lot of conviction."

POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 4:07 PM
Foreign goods land at the Port of Los Angeles. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

INDICATOR: June Trade Deficit/CoreLogic Home Prices

KEY DATA: Deficit: $34.2 billion ($9.9 billion narrower)/CoreLogic Prices: +1.9%

IN A NUTSHELL: "The sharply narrower trade deficit likely means spring growth was stronger than initially estimated."

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