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August 16, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Pushes Industrial Production Higher Amid Other Reports

The output from the nation's factories, mines and utilities increased in July, the largest gain since November 2014, and there also are improvements in housing and e-commerce. But there is disagreement over what the latest inflation numbers mean for interest rates.

July 22, 2016

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Leading Indicators Spark Optimism

A new preliminary report shows U.S. manufacturing rising this month at its fastest pace since November 2015, following a post-Great-Recession low in May – "an encouraging sign of revival," says financial information services provider Markit.

May 17, 2016

Economic Watch: Retail Inflation, Industrial Production Rebound

Retail prices in the U.S. posted their biggest gain in three years during April, while industrial production increased the most in more than a year, as e-commerce and housing starts remain healthy.

April 19, 2016

Economic Watch: New Home Starts Drop, Builders Still Upbeat

The number of housing starts in the U.S. fell more than expected in March, but home builder confidence in the market remains strong, according to two new reports.

February 17, 2016

Economic Watch: Housing Drops as Industrial Production, Inflation Bounce Back

New home starts in the U.S. fell in January to the lowest level in three months, but industrial production, which includes manufacturing, reversed its string of recent declines. At the same time, wholesale prices increased, leading some to believe interest rates may soon move higher.

January 20, 2016

Economic Watch: Core Consumer Prices Up, Homebuilding Brisk

Inflation at the retail level is anything but a threat to the health of the U.S. economy with newly released figures showing a drop in the final month of 2015 while the housing market is expected to continue improving.

December 23, 2015

Economic Watch: Three Reports Show Underlying Strength

Two days before Christmas, the Commerce Department released three reports on the U.S. economy. When put together, they show a solid performance, though not as strong as it has been or some would like.

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 22, 2015

Economic Watch: Home Market Booming, Leading Indicators Mixed

Existing home sales rebounded strongly in September following an August decline, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's not the only good news when it comes to an improving home market, and a separate report shows the overall economy isn't as bad as you may think.

August 18, 2015

Economic Watch: Homebuilding Best in Years

The U.S. housing market continues to improve, with new home starts hitting their highest level in seven years and builder optimism the best in nearly a decade.

July 19, 2015

Housing Market Greatly Improved

Conditions for the U.S. housing market look better than they have in years, according to two reports released late last week.

May 19, 2015

Economic Watch: Home Starts Skyrocket

New homes starts in the U.S. increased dramatically in April from the month before, jumping 20.2% and hitting its highest level in more than seven years.

April 15, 2015

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Weakens, Homebuilder Optimism Up

For the first quarter of 2015 this measure of the total activity at the nation’s factories, mines and utilities declined at an annual rate of 1%, the first quarterly decrease since the second quarter of 2009.

February 17, 2015

Economic Watch: Homebuilder, Consumer Confidence Ease

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in February fell two points to a level of 55, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

January 20, 2015

Economic Watch: Homebuilder Optimism Near 9-Year High

Builder confidence in the market for newly built single-family homes declined just one point to 57, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released Tuesday.

December 15, 2014

Economic Watch: Industrial Production Surges, Homebuilder Optimism Slips

U.S. industrial production surged in November by 1.3% from the month before, the largest gain since May 2010, according to new U.S. Federal Reserve figures.

November 18, 2014

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Increase, Homebuilders Optimistic

UPDATED -- The Producer Price Index increased 0.2% from September, driven by a 0.5% jump in the cost of services.

October 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Home Construction Rises, Consumer Sentiment Hits Seven-Year High

Residential construction in the U.S. has rebounded but remains volatile, hitting an annual rate of just more than 1 million units for only the third time this year in September, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

September 18, 2014

Economic Watch: Housing Starts Dive in August Following July Surge

Housing starts in the U.S. plunged in August from the month before but the level of activity was still higher than the same time a year earlier, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

September 17, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Fall, Homebuilders Most Optimistic Since 2005

The threat of inflation to the U.S. economy appears to be muted, with a report issued Wednesday showing consumer prices in August fell for the first time in 16 months.

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