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November 19, 2015

Economic Watch: Latest Numbers May Nudge Fed Closer To Interest Rate Hike

While many of latest numbers on the U.S. economy show it’s performing below where many would like it to be, there is increasing evidence the U.S. Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising short-term interest rates for the first time in years.

October 29, 2015

Economic Watch: GDP Eases Back as Fed Looks to Rate Hike

Economic growth in the U.S. lost a good portion of its momentum in the third quarter of the year, but the performance still may still be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to push interest rates higher before the year is out.

October 15, 2015

What Happens to Trucking When Interest Rates (Finally) Rise?

One day the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates – perhaps as early as this fall. But what will this mean for trucking?

October 15, 2015

Economic Watch: Overall Inflation Absent, Core Prices Jump

Overall inflation is posing no threat to the U.S. economy, with a new report showing retail prices fell in September, the biggest drop in eight months. However, a key measure inside this moved higher, leading to more guessing about whether the Fed will raise interest rates.

October 14, 2015

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Barely Increase, Wholesale Prices Drop

Retail sales in the U.S. barely moved higher last month -- about half what many analysts were expecting. With wholesale prices falling the most in eight months. there's more speculation on what will happen with interest rates.

September 25, 2015

Economic Watch: GDP Revised Upward, Consumer Sentiment Declines

The U.S. economy performed better in the second quarter of the year than earlier thought, according to a new Commerce Department report Friday, leaving some wondering if this puts the Federal Reserve closer to raising interest rates.

September 17, 2015

Economic Watch: Interest Rates Unchanged, Housing Starts Fall

Following a highly anticipated two-day meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee announced it is keeping interest rates unchanged, despite earlier indications it was moving toward a hike.

September 16, 2015

Economic Watch: Inflation Well Below Fed’s Goal for Interest Rate Hike

As the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee begins a two-day policy meeting to decide whether to raise interest rates, it’s missing one key element.

September 15, 2015

Economic Watch: Latest Indicators May Keep Lid on Interest Rate Hike

Retail sales in the U.S. posted another gain in August, leaving some wondering if it will be enough to push the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates from near zero for the first time in several years.

July 22, 2015

Existing Home Sales Leap; Industrial Production Revised Downward

Economic Watch: Existing-home sales increased in June to their highest pace in over eight years, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association of Realtors, while a separate report shows post-recession industrial production levels are not as strong as earlier thought.

March 19, 2015

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Rise, Interest Rates Staying Put

A look at where the U.S. economy is headed in the next three to six months showed another rise, according to a new report from the private research group The Conference Board.

December 17, 2014

Federal Reserve: Economy Expanding at ‘Moderate Pace’

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday indicated it believes the American economy continues to expand at a moderate pace and would be able to handle a small hike in short-term interest rates.

October 16, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Jumps, Jobless Claims Plummet

Industrial production in the U.S. increased 1% in September, the biggest gain in nearly two years, and advanced at an annual rate of 3.2% in the third quarter of 2014. Manufacturing production was up for the quarter, led by mining, while last week's unemployment claims dropped.

July 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Fall, Federal Reserve Says Economy Expanding

Housing starts in the U.S. fell 9.3% in June, the second consecutive monthly decline, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, pushing the annual rate down to 893,000, the weakest showing since last September.

June 19, 2014

Economic Watch: Leading Indicators Rise, Fed Dampens 2014 Expectations

A measure of the health of the nation’s economy shows it has increased again, while concerns linger by the Federal Reserve about economic growth for the remainder of the year.

April 10, 2014

Economic Watch: First Time Jobless Benefit Claims Plummet

The number of Americans filing first-time jobless claims in the U.S. for the week ending April 5 posted its largest weekly decline since December 2012 with the lowest level of claims hit since March 2007.

March 19, 2014

Economic Watch: Fed Further Reduces Stimulus Program

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced it would further reduce a stimulus program for the nation’s economy and is leaving interest rates unchanged.

March 5, 2014

Economic Watch: Job Creation, Non-Manufacturing Employment Lose Steam

UPDATED -- Private sector employment increased by 139,000 jobs from January to February, according to the National Employment Report released Wednesday by the payroll management services provider ADP.

February 4, 2014

Economic Watch: Factory Orders and Shipments, Falling Deficit, New Fed Chair

Shipments and new orders for factor good both declined in December, according to new figures released by the U.S. Commerce Department.

January 29, 2014

Economic Watch: Federal Reserve Stays the Course in Final Bernanke Meeting

In one of his final moves as Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke on Wednesday announced the central bank would continue trimming its monthly purchases of mortgage and Treasury securities that it recently started.



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