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December 2012

28   U.S. Pending Home Sales Up More in November
27   U.S. New Home Sales Rebound to 2-1/2-Year High
27   U.S. Consumer Confidence Turns Down
27   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Ease
26   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Shows Further Firming
21   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Up 0.7% in November with Mixed Industry Pattern
21   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Improves
21   U.S. Income, Spending Savings Each Improved Last Month
21   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Falls To Lowest Since July; Annual Reading Is Highest Since 2007
20   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Move Higher
20   The Leading Economic Indicator index from the Conference Board declined
20   U.S. Existing Home Sales Bounce in November to 3-Year High
20   U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Up With Final Sales & Int'l Trade
20   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Improves Sharply
19   FIBER: Commodity Prices Hold Firm
19   German IFO Expectations Turn Higher
19   U.S. Housing Starts Remain Near Highest Level Since 2008
19   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline
19   U.S. Chain Store Sales Recover Lost Ground
18   Ireland's GDP Advances in the Third Quarter
18   U.S. Home Builders Index Continues To Exhibit Strength
18   Italian Import Weakness Works Its Magic
18   U.S. Gasoline & Crude Oil Prices Both Decline
18   U.S. Current Account Deficit Improves Further
17   German Manufacturing Employment Declines
17   Empire State Factory Index Remains Negative
17   Business Economists Projections Are Little-Changed
14   U.S. Industrial Output Recovers After Sandy, But The Trend Weakens
14   U.S. Consumer Prices Move Lower With Another Drop In Energy Prices
13   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Decline After Storm's Effect
13   U.S. Business Inventories Continue To Accumulate
13   UK Industrial Sector: Sharp Improvement- So What?
13   U.S. PPI Declines Again With Lower Energy Prices
13   U.S. Retail Sales Restrained By Lower Gas Prices
12   FOMC Will Continue Accommodative Policy and Asset Purchases
12   U.S. Import Prices Ease With Lower Oil Prices
12   U.S. Gasoline Prices Are Down Again As Crude Oil Prices Fall
12   U.S. Mortgage Applications Jump; Lower Rates Spur Refinancings
11   German Financial Experts More Hopeful
11   U.S. Small Business Optimism Evaporates
11   U.S. Chain Store Sales Continue Lower
11   U.S. Trade Deficit Deteriorates With Higher Oil Prices
11   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Rate Improves While Layoffs Decline
10   U.S. Consumer Credit Usage Continues To Heat Up
10   OECD Leading Indicators: A Mixed Bag
7   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Weakens Markedly in Early December
7   U.S. Job Market Continues To Improve Despite Sandy
6   U.S. Flow-of-Funds Data Show Slower Credit Market Borrowing in Q3
6   U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fall Again As Sandy's Impact Eases
6   German Industrial Orders Rebound Very Sharply
6   Challenger Job Cuts Rise Again
6   U.S. Factory Orders Rise Moderately And Inventories Tick Higher
5   U.S. Productivity Growth Improves & Lowers Unit Labor Costs
5   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Recovers A Bit; Pricing Power Declines
5   EMU Services PMIs Move Up
5   U.S. Payrolls Rose in ADP Survey, Despite Hurricane Sandy
4   Industrial Strikes Rattle the South African Consumers
4   U.S. Gasoline Prices Renew Decline
4   U.S. Chain Store Sales Reverse Thanksgiving's Gain
3   U.S. Vehicle Sales Surge To Recovery High
3   U.S. Construction Spending Is Substantially Firmer
3   U.S. ISM Factory Index Falls to Recovery Low While Pricing Pressure Eases
3   Final Estimates for November Manufacturing PMIs Outside the U.S.
3   EU and US on Different Paths for Unemployment: Why?

November 2012

30   U.S. Income & Outlays Are Reduced by Sandy
30   ISM-Chicago Business Activity Improves
29   EU Indices Show Some Rebound: UK Shines...Mostly
29   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Decline As Sandy's Impact Eases
29   U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump
29   U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Upward Due To Higher Inventories
28   U.S. New Home Sales Are Depressed
28   Money Supplies and Money Surprise
28   U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall With Fewer Refinancings
27   FHFA Home Price Index Keeps Improving
27   Russian Corporate Profits
27   U.S. Consumer Confidence Moves Higher
27   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Are Flat
27   U.S. Gasoline Prices Stabilize But Demand Surges
27   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Y/Y Momentum Picks Up
26   Indicators of Consumer Confidence: Korea, Brazil, Italy
26   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Drops Sharply
21   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Pull Back Somewhat
21   U.S. Leading Indicators Improve Further
20   China's First Steps Toward More Consumption
20   U.S. Housing Starts Rise and Remain At Highest Level Since 2008
20   U.S. Gasoline and Crude Oil Prices Notch Lower
20   U.S. Chain Store Sales Remain Lackluster
19   Japan: Election Issues, December 16
19   U.S. Existing Home Sales Improve
19   U.S. Home Builders Index Increases To Seven Year High
16   U.S. Mortgage Delinquency Rates Continue Modest Improvement
16   U.S. Industrial Output Declines Due To Sandy
15   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Declines
15   EMU and Other GDPs Decline
15   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Jump Following Hurricane Sandy
15   U.S. Consumer Prices Increase Marginally; Energy Prices Fall
14   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Remains Steady
14   E-Zone IP drops sharply
14   U.S. Gasoline Prices Decline Again
14   U.S. PPI Backpedals With Lower Energy Prices
14   U.S. Retail Sales Decline With Fewer Vehicle Purchases
13   U.S. Budget Deficit Deepens
13   U.S. Small Business Optimism Improves M/M, But Worries Persist
13   German Zew Survey Weakens
13   U.S. Chain Store Sales Soften
13   OECD Leading Indicators
09   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Surges Again
09   BoF Survey shows weak French Economy Will anyone learn from Europe's fate and France's choice?
09   U.S. Import Prices Again Pushed Higher By Petroleum
08   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Rate Slips
08   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Depressed by Hurricane Sandy
08   U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows in September as Exports
07   U.S. Consumer Credit Up in Non-Revolving; Credit Card Debt Falls
06   Euro Area Woes Affecting German Manufacturing Outlook
05   Purchasing Managers in Asia and the British Isles
05   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Weakens Slightly
02   U.S. Job Market Continues To Improve
02   U.S. Vehicle Sales Pull Back
01   New ADP Survey Shows 158,000 October Payroll Increase
01   U.S. ISM Indicates Improvement In Factory Sector Activity
01   U.S. Consumer Confidence: Sharp Improvement but Still Lacking

October 2012

29   U.S. Prices Eat Away Income Gain
26   U.S. GDP Growth Firms But Price Inflation Accelerates
26   German Expectations Begin to Get Hit Hard
26   Consumer Sentiment Advances To Highest Level Since 2007
25   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Return To Sideways Trend
25   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Bounce Back M/M But Trend Lower
25   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Recovers
25   U.S. Pending Home Sales Stabilize
24   FOMC Indicates Securities Purchases Will Continue
24   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline Again
24   U.S. Home Price Appreciation Picks Up
24   U.S. New Home Sales Advance But Prices Retreat
23   U.S. Mass Layoffs Fall Further
23   U.S. Gasoline Prices Decline Sharply With Slackened Demand
23   U.S. Chain Store Sales Trend Lower
22   Japanese Exports Big Year to Year Decline
22   NABE Lowers Projected GDP Growth
22   State Unemployment Rates Are Improved But Vary Greatly
19   U.S. Existing Home Sales Decline
18   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Surge
18   U.S. Leading Indicators Recover
18   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Improves
17   U.S. Housing Starts Surge To Highest Level Since 2008
17   UK Unemployment Snakes Its Way Lower
17   U.S. Mortgage Applications Retreat
16   U.S. Consumer Prices Post Another Strong Increase
16   Sentiment Improves in German Financial Community
16   China's Exports Rise in September, but Exporters Wary
16   U.S. Gasoline Prices Slip
16   U.S. Industrial Production Recovers Somewhat
16   U.S. Home Builders Index Notches Higher
15   Empire State Factory Index Indicates Lower Activity
15   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Is Steady
15   U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks For FY'12
15   U.S. Retail Sales Growth Is Firm & Broad-based
12   Consumer Sentiment Jumps To Highest Level Since 2007
12   U.S. PPI Gain Reflects Energy Price Strength
11   U.S. Import Prices Remain Strong With Petroleum
11   U.S. Trade Deficit Increases; Exports Weaken & Oil Prices Rise
11   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Plummet
10   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Rate Remains High
10   EMU IP trends turn mixed, just like the rest of EMU
10   U.S. Gasoline Prices Reverse Earlier Decline
10   U.S. Mortgage Applications Remain High
09   German Output on Fading Trend Still Show Some Gain in Q3
09   A Sample of Diverse Trends in Industrial Production
09   U.S. Small Business Optimism Slips; Worry About Gov't Regulation Rises
08   OECD's Composite Leading Indicators
08   U.S. Consumer Credit Jumps
05   U.S. Payroll Gain Remains Moderate; Jobless Rate At Lowest Level Since January 2009
04   U.S. Factory Orders Plunge With Durables
04   Challenger Reports A Rise In Job Cuts
04   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Rise
03   U.S. Mortgage Applications Jump As Financing Rates Tumble
02   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Reaches Six-Month High
03   ADP Indicates Another Moderate Job Increase
02   U.S. Vehicle Sales Reach Recovery High
02   U.S. Gasoline & Crude Oil Prices Drift Lower
02   U.S. Chain Store Sales Slip
01   Manufacturing PMIs Give Little Hope
01   U.S. ISM Indicates Moderate Improvement In Factory Sector
01   U.S. Construction Spending Declines Again

September 2012

28   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Jumps Due To Heartened Expectations
28   U.S. Real Take-home Pay Declines But Consumers Keep Spending
27   U.S. GDP Growth Is Lower Due To Drought Effect
27   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Plummet With Cancelled Aircraft Bookings
27   U.S. Pending Home Sales Fall Back
27   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Fall Back
26   U.S. New Home Sales Slip As Prices Rise
26   FHFA Home Price Index Increase Lessens
26   French Household Confidence Is Dipping Again
26   U.S. Mortgage Applications Rise As Interest Rates Fall to Postwar Lows
25   U.S. Consumer Confidence Surprisingly Recovers
25   Poland Updated
25   U.S. Chain Store Sales Tick Higher
25   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Is Still Rising
25   U.S. Gasoline & Crude Oil Prices Back Off Seasonally
24   German Business Climate Weakens
24   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Falls To Its Lowest Level Since The Last Recession
21   U.S. Mass Layoffs Decline
20   The EMU FLASH PMI indicators moved in opposite directions in September
20   U.S. Leading Indicators Slip
20   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Trend Up but Slip W/W
20   Adjusted Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Nears Recovery Low
19   U.S. Housing Starts Are Firm
19   U.S. Existing Home Sales Surprisingly Reach A 2-Year High
19   U.S. Mortgage Applications Improve As Interest Rates Reach New Lows
19   Japan Indicators Show Softness
18   U.S. Home Builders Index Climbs To Highest Level Since 2006
18   U.S. Current Account Deficit Improves
18   U.S. Gasoline Prices Continue Upward
17   Singapore's Foreign Trade Declines Again
17   Empire State Factory Index Falls To Its Recovery Low
17   FIBER: Higher Lumber, Crude Oil & Metals Costs Lift Commodity Price Index
14   Goods Price Trends Turn Lower Faster Who Cares as Fed Shifts to Overdrive
14   Industrial Production Sags in August
14   Will Stubborn PPI Core Give Fed Pause?
14   Can't Tell a Retail Sales Report by Its Headline
13   OECD Sees Slowdowns
12   U.S. Import Prices Turn Higher on Petroleum
11   U.S. Trade Balance on Goods and Services, A Bit Better than Expected
11   UK Balance Shrinks as Trade Flows Slow
10   Consumer Credit Falls $3.3B in July
07   U.S. Payroll Gain Is Weak As Unemployment Rate Falls
06   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Gains Again
06   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Filings Decline
06   Challenger Indicates Fewest Job Cuts Since 2000
06   ADP Reports Improved Job Gains
05   U.S. Productivity Growth Is Revised Up
05   E-Zone Continues to Slip as MFG Slows Its Rate of Descent and Services Speeds Its Up
05   U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall Further With Interest Rates
05   U.S. Vehicle Sales Approach Recovery High
05   U.S. Gasoline Price Rise Is Unrelenting
05   U.S. Chain Store Sales Back Off
04   The Effect of China's Slowdown on World Trade
04   U.S. ISM Factory Index Falls To Near a Recovery Low
04   U.S. Construction Spending Slumps

August 2012

31   U.S. Factory Orders Surge
31   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Improves Modestly
30   EU Indices Show Spreading Weakness
30   U.S. Personal Income Growth Is Steady; Spending Improves
30   U.S. Initial Claims For Jobless Insurance Are Unchanged
29   GfK's Consumer Climate Improves But...
29   U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Up But Profits Are Weak
29   U.S. Mortgage Applications Continue To Decline
29   U.S. Pending Home Sales Reach Two-Year High
29   French Climate Downward Revision Creates Appearance of Gain in August
28   U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls Sharply
28   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Is Still Rising
28   U.S. Petroleum Prices Continue Upward
27   Improvement in Climate for German Manufacturing Industry Overshadowed
27   An Italian Success Story and Beyond
27   FHFA Home Price Index Continues To Rise
24   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Rise Again Led By Transportation
23   EMU PMIs Show Continued Stress
23   U.S. New Home Sales Recover As Prices Fall
23   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Increase
22   U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall As Interest Rates Tick Up
22   U.S. Existing Home Sales Nudge Higher But Prices Slip
22   Japan's Trade Flows Slow
21   U.S. Petroleum Prices Reach Three Month High
21   CBI Industrial Surveys Show Increased Pessimism among British Manufacturers
21   U.S. Chain Store Sales Fall Again
17   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Improves
17   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Stabilizes
17   U.S. Leading Indicators Improve
17   EMU Trade Surplus Grows
16   U.S. Housing Starts Slip While Permits Reach Cycle's High
16   EMU Inflation Stabilizes at 2.4%- but the Devil is in the Details
16   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Improves
16   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Inch Higher
15   U.S. Consumer Prices Are Unchanged Again; Core Price Gain Slows Further
15   U.S. Home Builders Index Continues To Climb
15   Different Folks, But Increasingly, The Same Strokes
15   U.S. Industrial Production Improves
15   Empire State Factory Index Weakens
14   U.S. Retail Sales Gain After Falling For Three Months
14   Flash Estimates of 2Q GDP Point to Recession in Europe. Germany's Financial Community Concurs
14   U.S. Small Business Optimism Slips
14   The Fall of the Euro
14   U.S. Gasoline Prices Rise Further Along With Crude Oil
14   U.S. PPI Gain Driven By Core Price Increase
13   FIBER: Industrial Commodity Prices Are Mixed
10   U.S. Import Prices Continue Lower
10   U.S. Budget Deficit Narrows During FY'12
10   No Wonder That Worries About German Growth Intensify
09   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Fall Unexpectedly; Grand Total At Recovery Low
09   UK Trade Deficit Widens
09   U.S. Trade Deficit Improves With Lower Oil Prices
08   U.S. Unit Labor Costs Rise Again
08   U.S. Mortgage Market Activity Eases W/W
08   German IP Continues to Sink
07   U.S. Consumer Credit Growth Eases
07   U.S. Gasoline Prices Reach Highest Level Since May
07   U.S. Chain Store Sales Recovery Stutters
07   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Rate Holds High But Hires Slip
07   Indonesia's Q2 GDP Good, But...
03   U.S. Nonfarm Payroll Growth Picks Up; Jobless Rate Is Higher
03   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Improves Slightly
02   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Rise
02   U.S. Factory Orders Decline
02   Challenger Indicates Fewer Job Cuts and Less Hiring
02   U.S. Vehicle Sales Remain Firm
01   ADP Reports Moderate Job Growth
01   FOMC May Be Hinting of Upcoming Action
01   U.S. Mortgage Market Activity Remains Strong
01   U.S. Construction Spending Ticks Higher
01   U.S. ISM Factory Index Remains Depressed

July 2012

31   U.S. Personal Income Improves Again -- And It's Saved
31   Euro Crisis Beginning to Affect German Economy
31   U.S. Consumer Confidence Makes Up Most-Recent Losses
31   U.S. Employment Cost Index Continues Upward
31   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Advances Again
30   U.S. GDP Is Depressed By Public Sector Contraction
30   Germany's IFO and EA Business Survey
27   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Moves Lower
27   U.S. GDP Growth Is Decelerating and Modest
26   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall Back
26   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Buoyed by Aircraft
26   U.S. Pending Home Sales Decline
26   German Expectations Begin To Get Hit Hard
25   U.S. New Home Sales and Prices Both Drop
25   Germany Shows Steady... Ongoing... Erosion
25   U.S. Mortgage Applications Tick Up As Rates Edge Down
24   U.S. Energy Prices Rise Further
24   Euro Area's PMIs Continue to Be Cautious
24   FHFA Home Price Index Improves Again
24   U.S. Chain Store Sales Continue Recovering
23   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Improves Moderately
23   May Growth in World Trade Improved But Growth in World Production Slowed
20   U.S. Mass Layoffs Continue Lower
19   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Rebound
19   U.S. Existing Home Sales Weaken As Prices Firm
19   Philadelphia Fed Activity Index Remains Weak
19   U.S. Leading Indicators Waffle
19   UK Retail Sales Swing Widely
18   U.S. Housing Starts Recover To Expansion High
18   Italy's Import and Export Trends Are Still Withering
18   U.S. Mortgage Applications Rise As Rates Plumb New Lows
17   U.S. CPI Is Unchanged While Core Is Stable
17   U.S. Gasoline Prices Tick Higher
17   U.S. Industrial Production Recovers
17   German Zew Index Backtracks
17   The Zew Survey Shows big German Improvement...Do We Believe It?
16   U.S. Home Builders Index Buoyed By Heavy Traffic
16   Empire State Factory Index Improves But Pricing Collapses
16   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Is Stable
13   U.S. PPI Unexpectedly Gains; Core Is Stable
13   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Is Disappointing
12   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Fall To Recovery Low
12   German Inflation Turns Sharply Lower
12   U.S. Import Price Decline Intensifies
11   U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows As Oil Imports Drop
11   FIBER: Industrial Commodity Prices Remain Weak
10   U.S. Consumer Credit Growth Ramps Up
10   Industrial Production in France, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K.
10   U.S. Small Business Optimism Declines Sharply
10   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Rebound
10   U.S. Petroleum Prices Move Higher
09   Japanese Statistics: Machinery Orders, Tankan and Current Account
06   U.S. Nonfarm Payroll Growth Continues Lethargic
06   German IP Shows Unexpected Life
05   ADP Indicates Moderate Job Market Improvement
05   U.S. Vehicle Sales Recover Modestly
05   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall
03   U.S. Factory Inventories Decumulate
03   U.S. Petroleum Prices Continue Lower
02   China's Manufacturing PMIs
02   U.S. ISM Factory Index & Prices Fall To Lowest in Roughly Three Years
02   U.S. Construction Spending Stabilizes

June 2012

29   U.S. Personal Income Increases While Spending Declines
29   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Is Disappointing
28   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Claims Decline
28   U.S. GDP Growth Is Unrevised; Profits Are Lowered
27   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Recover M/M But Momentum Fades
27   U.S. Pending Home Sales Recover
27   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline
26   Comparing Consumer Confidence in Germany and France
26   U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines As Expectations Diminish
26   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Strengthens
26   U.S. Petroleum Prices Slide Yet Again
25   Brazilian Consumers Still More Confident Than Business
25   U.S. New Home Sales Improve; Prices Decline
25   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Is Negative Again
22   FHFA Home Price Index Improves Again
22   Terrible Consumer Sentiment in Italy...The Movie : Halloween, Italian Style Without Jaime Lee Curtis
21   U.S. Leading Indicators Improve
21   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Slip W/W But Trend Higher
21   U.S. Existing Home Sales Slip But Prices Rebound Further
21   Philadelphia Fed Activity Index Slumps
21   EMU PMI Decline Slows but EMU Problems Remain Deeply Ingrained
20   FOMC Sees Moderate Economic Growth and Less Inflation
20   U.S. Mass Layoffs Trend Lower
20   U.S. Chain Store Sales Remain Low
20   Italian and French Orders Go Different Ways
19   U.S. Housing Starts Decline Unexpectedly In May But Trend Improves
19   German Financial Experts Turn Negative on German Economic Prospects
19   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Pull Back
19   U.S. Petroleum Prices Continue To Fall
18   U.S. Home Builders Index Reaches Highest Since 200
18   The Belgium Consumer
15   Empire State Factory Index Falls Sharply
15   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Retrenches
15   Foreign Investors Purchase Modest Amounts of U.S. Debt, Equity; China Liquidates, But Latin America Picks Up
15   U.S. Industrial Output Declines Broadly
15   EMU Surplus Rises as Flow Growth Slows
14   U.S. CPI Led Lower By Energy Prices; Core Is Stable
14   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Back Up
14   Japan's IP Disappoints
13   U.S. Retail Sales Again Are Weak
13   Euro-Area Sectors on Same Downtrend
13   U.S. Mortgage Applications Jump
13   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Decelerates
13   U.S. PPI Declines But Core Price Increase Remains Steady
12   U.S. Small Business Optimism Remains High; Pricing Power Eases
12   Australia Prepares for a Slowdown in Activity
12   U.S. and International Pricing Power Evaporates
12   U.S. Chain Store Sales Fall
12   U.S. Petroleum Prices Post A Further Decline
11   FIBER: Industrial Commodity Price Declines Are Broad-Based
11   China: An Interest Rate Reduction to the Rescue
08   U.S. Trade Deficit Narrows Slightly
08   French Biz Confidence Drops
08   U.S. Flow-of-Funds Give Mixed View of Credit Recovery
07   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Slip
07   U.S. Consumer Credit Growth Eases
07   UK Growth Holds up in the Services Sector
06   U.S. Labor Productivity Is Revised Downward
06   U.S. Mortgage Applications Recover
06   German IP Can You Spot the Trend?
05   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Remains Weakened
05   U.S. Factory Orders Fall Again With Oil Prices
05   U.S. Chain Store Sales Tick Higher
05   May PMIs: Services and Composites
04   U.S. Factory Orders Fall Again With Oil Prices
04   Foreign Banks' Exposure to Spanish Banks
01   U.S. Employment Report Disappoints By All Measures
01   U.S. Personal Income Growth Eases, While PCE Picks Up
01   U.S. Vehicle Sales Fall To Lowest This Year
01   U.S. ISM Factory Index Falls While Prices Collapse
01   Markit MFG PMI Index Weaken

May 2012

31   ADP Reports Another Sluggish Job Gain
31   German Retail Sales Turn Sharply Higher
31   U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Down; Profits Tick Higher
31   Challenger Indicates More Job Cuts and Less Hiring
31   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Rise
30   U.S. Petroleum Prices Continue Lower
30   U.S. Mortgage Applications Slip
30   U.S. Chain Store Sales Weaken Further
30   U.S. Pending Home Sales Reverse Earlier Gains
29   U.S. Home Prices Remain Under Pressure
29   U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls Again
29   The Euro Decline : Good News for the Periphery
29   Retail Sales Fall Hard in Spain
25   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Appear in Holding Pattern
25   German Consumers Hang in there Despite Zone Troubles
24   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Appear in Holding Pattern
24   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Basically Steady
24   EMU PMIs Continue to Sink
23   U.S. New Home Sales in Partial Rebound
23   Italian Consumer Hits the Deep Skids
22   U.S. Existing Home Sales Rise While Prices Improve
22   U.S. Petroleum Prices Fall Further
22   Another Big Trade Deficit for Japan in April According to the First 10 and 20 Days Trade Balances
21   NABE Forecast For Moderate Economic Improvement & Low Inflation Is Little-Changed
21   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Improves
21   Pay Raises for German Workers
18   Rasmussen Reports Weekly Deterioration in Consumer & Investor Indexes
18   German PPI drops off: Should We Care? If Greece Drops off Should We Care?
17   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Are Unchanged
17   Philadelphia Fed Activity Index Unexpectedly Turns Negative
17   U.S. Leading Indicators Dip
16   U.S. Housing Starts Rebound
16   U.S. Industrial Output Rebounds With Utility Gain
16   U.S. Mortgage Applications Recover With More Refinancing
16   EMU Trade Flows Wither As Surplus Rises
15   U.S. Retail Sales Strength Pulls Back
15   U.S. Home Builders' Index Again At Five-year High
15   Empire State Factory Index Improves
15   U.S. Overall CPI Is Unchanged; Core Price Increase Is Stable
15   U.S. Petroleum Prices Continue Downward
15   EMU GDP Weakens For Many But Overall Holds At Zero
14   Euro-Area IP Is Up in March And Still Off Year/Year
11   U.S. PPI Declines But Core Remains Firm
11   German Inflation Overshoot Continues But Diminishes Euro-Area Differences Continue And Barely Diminish
11   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Reaches Four Year high
10   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Remain Low
10   U.S. Import Price Decline Fueled By Oil Price Drop
10   U.S. Trade Deficit Deepens Sharply
10   LEIs: US and China Still Moving Ahead
09   FIBER: Industrial Commodity Prices Lose Upward Momentum
09   U.S. Chain Store Sales Slip Again
09   U.S. Mortgage Applications Improve As Rates Plumb A New Low
09   German Trade Balance Steadies on Solid Exports
08   U.S. Small Business Optimism Reaches Recovery High
08   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Increase To Recovery High
08   U.S. Petroleum Prices Are Under Pressure
08   German IP Decline Slaps On The Brakes...
07   U.S. Consumer Credit Growth Revives
07   German Orders Rebound and show Mixed Patterns
04   U.S. Employment Growth Disappoints Again; Jobless Rate Declines
04   EMU Retail Sales Move Higher
03   U.S. Labor Productivity Falls And Drives Up Costs
03   Challenger Reports A Slight Rise In Job Cuts
03   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Indicates Slower Expansion
03   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Fall Sharply
02   ADP Report Indicates Hiring Slowdown
02   U.S. Factory Orders Decline With Fewer Aircraft Bookings
02   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline in April
02   EMU Weaker on PMI Scale
01   U.S. ISM Factory Index Unexpectedly Improves Further
01   U.S. Vehicle Sales Are High and Stable M/M
01   U.S. Construction Spending Stabilizes
01   U.S. Gasoline Prices Fall Again
01   Manufacturing PMIs in US, Canada UK and Ireland

April 2012

30   U.S. Personal Income Gain Helps Stabilize Savings Drawdown
30   Rising Unemployment and Austerity in the Euro Area
27   U.S. GDP Growth Is Disappointing
27   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Improves Slightly
27   U.S. Employment Cost Index Increase Dips
27   Confidence Loses Its Grip
26   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Remain Near Earlier High
26   U.S. Pending Home Sales Jump
26   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Turns Negative
26   EU Commission Indices Weaken In April...For Most
25   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Dragged Lower By Aircraft
25   FOMC Sustains Level of Monetary Accommodation
25   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline
25   UK CBI Industrial Orders Slow And Show More Weakness
24   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Ticks Higher
24   U.S. Energy Prices Fall With Lower Demand
24   Financial Matters and French Household Confidence
24   U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines Slightly
24   U.S. New Home Sales And Prices Decline
23   State Unemployment Rates Show Great Variation & Improvement
23   EMU PMIs Say Brace For Worse Times Ahead! While the IFO's Reading & EC readings Say Markit's PMIs Are Too Dismal
23   Netherlands Rebels Against Austerity--The Mood of the People
20   Has Germany Dodged The Bullet?
19   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Stutter
19   U.S. Existing Home Sales Fall
19   U.S. Leading Indicator Gain Moderates
19   Philadelphia Fed Activity Index Slips M/M but Shows Continued Growth
19   German-Italian Orders...And What They Tell Us About The EMU Upside-Down Cake
18   U.S. Mortgage Applications For Refinancing Surge
18   EMU Current Account Swings to Deficit
17   U.S. Housing Starts Stay In The Cellar
17   German Financial Community Still Confident About Germany But Wary of the Euro Area
17   U.S. Chain Store Sales Fall
17   U.S. Energy Prices Decline
17   U.S. Industrial Output Remains Unchanged; Factory Output Slips
16   U.S. Retail Sales Show Broad-based Gains
16   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Is Moderate; I/S Ratio Near Record Low
16   U.S. Home Builders' Index Declines
16   Empire State Factory Index Shows Moderation In Activity
16   Japanese Retail Sales
13   U.S. Overall CPI Gain Eases; Core Rate Firms
13   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Moderates
12   U.S. PPI Is Unchanged But Core Remains Firm
12   French Consumer Prices Show Some Pressure
12   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Rise
12   U.S. Trade Deficit Slides As Imports Decline
11   U.S. Import Prices Jump With Petroleum Prices
11   U.S. Mortgage Applications Slip Despite Interest Rate Decline
11   IP Trends Ramp Lower Across Zone
10   U.S. Small Businesses Show Broad-based Concerns
10   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Hold Steady
10   U.S. Gasoline Prices Are Stable & Crude Oil Falls
10   China's Manufacturing PMIs Are Pointing In Opposite Directions
09   U.S. Consumer Credit Outstanding Growth Slows
09   Mixed Signals From Japan
06   U.S. Employment Growth Weakens
05   U.S. Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims Continue Downward
05   German Industrial Output Shrinks Year-Over-Year
05   Challenger Indicates Fewer Job Cuts and Increased Hiring
04   ADP Report Estimates Payrolls Rise 209,000
04   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Retraces Its Earlier Gain
03   U.S. Gasoline Prices Continue Higher But Crude Oil Slips
03   U.S. Vehicle Sales Dip But Remain Firm
03   The Untenable Euro-Area
03   Expected Increase in Brazilian Industrial Production May Dampen Protectionist Fever
03   U.S. Factory Orders Recover Along With Backlogs
02   U.S. ISM Factory Index Nudges Up But Prices Slip
02   Japan's Tankan: Some Promise of Future Progress
02   Japan: The Yen Since The Bank of Japan's Policy Change in Mid February
02   U.S. Construction Spending Falls Again Despite The Mild Winter

March 2012

30   U.S. Personal Income Gain Is Disappointing And Savings Decline
30   German Retail Sales Ere Even Weaker - How Is It Possible?
30   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Improves
29   U.S. Initial Claims for Jobless Insurance Continue Downward
29   EMU Indices Take Gnarled Route to Nowhere
29   U.S. 3.0% GDP Growth Estimate Unchanged; Profit Growth Declines
28   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Rebound
28   Italy Leads EMU Retail Sales Lower Despite Bump-up
28   U.S. Mortgage Applications Decline Again With Higher Interest Rates
27   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Continues Lower
27   Some Consumer Surveys Are Hinting At A Rise In Propensity To Consume
27   U.S. Consumer Confidence Strengthens Y/Y; Inflation Expectations Rise Sharply As Well
27   U.S. Gasoline Price Rise Is Relentless
26   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Deteriorates M/M But Trend Is Positive
26   U.S. Pending Home Sales Slip
26   German Business Confidence Holds Steady
23   U.S. New Home Sales Edge Lower Again But Prices Firm
23   French Biz Indicator Turns Up
22   U.S. Initial Claims for Unemployment Insurance Reach Another Low
22   EMU PMIs Drop...Europe Dead? Draghi Upbeat? Oh yeah...
22   FHFA Home Price Index Decline Lessens Y/Y
22   U.S. Leading Indicators Post Another Firm Gain
21   U.S. Existing Home Sales Slip As Prices Tick Up
21   Japan Sector Indices Paint Mixed Picture
21   U.S. Mortgage Applications Drop With Interest Rate Rise
20   U.S. Housing Starts Stutter But Permits Gain
20   The Benelux Consumers
20   U.S. Chain Store Sales Strengthen
20   U.S. Gasoline Price Increase Discourages Driving
19   U.S. Home Builders' Index Is Firm But Unchanged M/M
19   Brazil Combats the Rise in its Currency with Intervention and Capital Controls
16   U.S. Total CPI Rise Strengthens; Core Increase Eases
16   EMU Trade Surplus Shrinks But It Is Still Large
16   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Disappoints
16   U.S. Industrial Output Is Stable; Factory Output Gains
16   UK PPI Getting Back Into Trouble HICP Still in Deep Trouble
15   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Return to Four Year Low
15   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Moves Up
15   Empire State Factory Index Improves Further
15   U.S. PPI Picks Up; Core Moderates
14   U.S. Import Prices Again Firm Due To Oil
14   U.S. Current Account Deficit Deteriorates Slightly
14   US Fails to Follow EMU IP Collapse...So Far
14   U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall With Less Refinancing
14   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Continues Moderate
13   U.S. Retail Sales Driven By Autos & Gasoline
13   U.S. Gasoline Prices Move Higher While Natural Gas Plunges
13   FOMC Assessment of Economy Improves; Rates To Stay Low
13   Sentiment Among German Investor And Analyst Improves
13   U.S. Small Business Optimism Nears Recovery High
13   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Ease
12   U.S. Budget Deficit Is Reduced By Spending Restraint
12   A Record Trade Deficit For China
09   U.S. Jobs Growth & Unemployment Rate Are Stable
09   U.S. Trade Deficit Widens With Higher Oil Values
09   German Trade Trends Show Ongoing Slowing and Shrinkage
08   U.S. Consumer Credit Outstanding Continues Rising
08   U.S. Flow-of-Funds Show Some Progress toward Financial Institution Recovery
08   German MFG IP Points Mostly Lower
08   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Are Still Near Four Year Low
08   Challenger Indicates A Slight Decline in Job Cuts
07   ADP Report Shows Job Market Improvement
07   German Orders...Not Marching Orders But Crawling Orders...
07   U.S. Mortgage Applications Slip W/W But Surge Y/Y
06   Economic Recovery in Eastern Europe
06   U.S. Gasoline Prices Continue Higher
06   Slight Improvement In Manufacturing In The Euro-Area In February
06   U.S. Chain Store Sales' Forward Momentum Improves
05   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Reaches 12-Month High
05   U.S. Factory Orders Fall While Inventories Build
02   U.S. Vehicle Sales Fueled Again By Cars
02   German Retail Sales Show That Sinking Trend
01   U.S.Income & Spending Weaken
01   PMI Advance Gets Ragged Early
01   U.S. ISM Factory Index Slips As Prices Recover
01   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance At Four Year Low
01   U.S. Construction Spending Slips Following Earlier Strength

February 2012

29   U.S. GDP Growth Is Revised Up
29   EMU Inflation Turns Lower
28   U.S. Gasoline Prices Jump To Record High
28   A Slight Improvement in Sentiment in the Euro-Area
28   U.S. Consumer Confidence Rebounds
28   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Falls Again
28   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Retrace Earlier Gain
27   NABE Forecasts Moderate Economic Improvement & Low Inflation
27   Money Supplies: US Heats Up as UK Stays in Big Chill... As Growth Rates Flat-Line Elsewhere
27   A Note on the Bank of Korea's Survey of Business Conditions Index
27   U.S. Pending Home Sales Recover Earlier Decline
24   U.S. New Home Sales Edge Lower; Recent Months Revised Upward
24   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Improves
23   U.S. Initial Claims For Jobless Insurance Are Stable And Low
23   Germany Digs Its Way Out
23   FHFA Again Reports Home Price Improvement
22   U.S. Energy Prices Are Driven Higher
22   EMU Flash PMI Readings Disappoint
22   U.S. Existing Home Sales Rise To New High As Prices Fall
22   U.S. Chain Store Sales Show More Life
21   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Is Again Positive
21   Thailand: The Floods and the Fourth Quarter GDP
20   Japan's Trade Deficit -- The Bank of Japan to the Rescue
17   U.S. CPI Picks Up
17   U.S. Leading Indicators Point Toward Continued Recovery
16   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Fall To New Low
16   Italy Gets Substantial Trade Adjustment In Gear
16   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Gains
16   U.S. PPI Posts Minimal Increase; Core Firm
16   U.S. Housing Starts Rise
15   Empire State Factory Index Increases to Highest Since 2010
15   U.S. Home Builders' Index Again Is Strong
15   U.S. Industrial Output Is Unchanged But Factory Gain Is Solid
15   Europe's Growth Divide and its Civil War
14   U.S. Retail Sales Rise Despite Fewer Auto Purchases
14   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Remains Moderate
14   German Investors And Analyst Turn Positive: Greek Debt Agreement The Reason?
14   U.S. Import Prices Increase With Oil Prices
14   U.S. Small Business Optimism Is Stable At Recent High
13   Forecasts For U.S. Growth & Inflation Are Subdued
13   Japan's Q4-11 Gross Domestic Product Disappoints
10   U.S. Trade Deficit Is Widest Since June As Imports Rise
10   German Survey Hits The Heights-Stays There
10   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Slips
09   U.S. Initial Jobless Insurance Claims Continue To Trend Lower
09   U.S. Wholesale Inventories & Sales are Strong Again
09   UK IP Turns Up In December: Is It Worth A Lot Of Fuss?
08   U.S. Consumer Credit Outstanding Surges, Again
08   German Trade Surplus Shrinks as Exports and Imports Wither
08   U.S. Mortgage Applications Rise Again With Refinancing Surge
07   U.S. JOLTS: Job Openings Are Recovering
07   U.S. Gasoline Prices Firm Although Demand Falls Sharply
07   U.S. Chain Store Sales Nudge Up
07   German Upcoming Wage Negotiations
06   FIBER: Industrial Commodity Prices Show Moderate Improvement
06   Housing Prices In The UK
03   U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Jump; Jobless Rate At 3-Year Low
03   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Improves Sharply
03   EU Retail Sales Turn Lower Except for UK
02   U.S. Vehicle Sales Strength Driven By Cars
02   PPI Trends in EMU
02   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Fall
02   U.S. Labor Productivity Increases Modestly While Compensation Jumps
02   Challenger Indicates A Jump in Job Cuts
01   ADP Indicates Slower Job Growth
01   U.S. Construction Spending Firms
01   U.S. ISM Factory Index Nudges Higher as Pricing Improves
01   MFG PMIs Continue to Show Softer Blow to EMU Region...As EMU Becomes A Matter of Faith

January 2012

31   U.S. Employment Cost Index Posts Stable Increase
31   China's Trade Surplus Continues Its Slow Decline
31   U.S. Case-Shiller Home Price Index Declines Sharply
31   U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines Modestly
30   U.S. Consumers Choose To Save Income Gain
30   EMU Indices Show Some Slowing in Unravel
30   Japan's 2011 Trade Balance: First Deficit Since 1980
30   Intuit Indicates Small Business Hiring But Weak Earnings
27   U.S. GDP Growth Is Strongest Since Q2'10 But Misses Expectations
27   New Leading Credit Index Gives Mixed Signals for Total Economy
27   World Money Supplies: Vastly Different Trends
27   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Improves Further
26   U.S. Initial Claims For Jobless Insurance Move Slightly Higher
26   U.S. Leading Indicators Revamped; Index Suggests Continuing Improvement in Economy
26   German Confidence Edges Upward
26   U.S. New Home Sales & Prices Fall
26   U.S. Durable Goods Orders Rise Again Reflecting Broad-Based Increases
26   U.S. Chicago Fed Index Shows Improvement
25   U.S. Mortgage Applications For Refinancing Remain High
25   U.S. Pending Home Sales Stutter
24   U.S. Natural Gas Price Plumbs A New Low; Petroleum Prices Roughly Stable
24   January Flash PMIs Raise Hopes for a Better Economy in the Euro Area in the First Quarter of 2012
24   U.S. Richmond Fed Index Improves
24   U.S. Chain Store Sales Continue Their Post-Holiday Skid
23   French Business Climate Indicators Pointing to Recession
20   U.S. Existing Home Sales Surge Again As Prices Rise
20   UK Retail Sales Begin to Show Recovery
19   U.S. CPI Is Again Unchanged M/M But Accelerates Y/Y
19   Euro-Area Current Account Deficit cut by rising Trade Surplus
19   Philadelphia Fed Business Activity Index Increases
19   U.S. Initial Claims For Unemployment Insurance Fall To Lowest Since 2008
19   U.S. Housing Starts Slip M/M But Rise Y/Y
18   U.S. PPI Slips M/M With Lower Food & Energy Costs; Full Year Gain Accelerates
18   U.S. Gasoline Price Ticks Up But Crude Oil Slips
18   U.S. Home Builders' Index Jumps To Highest Since 2007
18   U.S. Industrial Production Rebounds M/M But Trend Gain Slows
18   Japan IP: All Signs Point Lower
17   Empire State Factory Index Shows Expansion
17   The Zew Survey Shows big German Improvement...Do We Believe It?
17   Some Upbeat Economic News From Japan
13   U.S. Trade Deficit Is Deepest in Five Months
13   U.S. Consumer Sentiment Continues To Improve
13   U.S. Import Prices Slip With Lower Oil Prices
13   Euro-Area Surplus Jumps as Exports Gain Strongly and Imports Flat-Line
13   OECD LEIs
12   U.S. Business Inventory Growth Eases
12   U.S. Initial Claims Highest Since November
12   U.S. Retail Sales Gain Minimally
11   U.S. Joblessness Remains Elevated
11   U.S. Mortgage Applications & Interest Rates Trend Sideways
10   U.S. Small Business Optimism Improves Further
10   China's December Trade Data Suggest Slower Economic Growth
10   U.S. Crude Oil & Gasoline Prices Rise Again
10   U.S. JOLTS Rate Slips From Latest High
10   U.S. Consumer Credit Outstanding Surges
09   Irish Consumers Become More Pessimistic
09   Germany Continue to Weaken As Industrial Output Slides
06   U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls Post Moderate Increase; Unemployment Rate Lower
06   German Foreign Orders Plunge...Again
05   U.S. Vehicle Sales End Year On A Firm Note
05   Challenger Reports Fewer Job Cuts
05   U.S. ISM Nonmanufacturing Index Improves Just Slightly
05   U.S. Initial Claims For Jobless Insurance Decline
05   ADP Reports Further Strengthening In Job Growth
04   Intuit Small Business Series Increases Further
04   U.S. Factory Orders Sharply Increase And Inventories Build
04   U.S. Chain Store Sales Reach Record During Holiday Season
04   EMU PMI Services Index Rebounds As Politics And Financial Decay
04   U.S. Crude Oil & Gasoline Prices Rise
03   U.S. ISM Factory Index Reaches A Six-Month High
03   The Euro Crisis And Its Effect On Manufacturing In Emerging Markets
03   U.S. Construction Spending Gain Is Better-Than-Expected