Charts of the Week

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05/23/17: New Home Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on May 23 that sales of newly-constructed homes — new home sales — declined by 11.4% during April, as compared to...

05/12/17: Retail Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on May 12 that the rate of increase sales at U.S. retail stores slowed during April, on both a year-over-year and...

05/04/17: Business Productivity

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Labor reported on May 4 that the productivity of U.S. businesses — the output per hour of products produced by employees of U.S....

04/21/17: ECRI U.S. Leading Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Economic Research Institute (“ECRI”) announced on April 21 that its U.S. Leading Index declined modestly during March after increasing during each of...

04/11/17: Small Business Optimism Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The National Federation of Independent Business (“NFIB”) announced on April 11 that its Small Business Optimism Index, which measures the economic...

04/03/17: ISM Manufacturing Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Institute of Supply Management (“ISM”) reported on April 3 that its purchasing managers’ index for the U.S. manufacturing sector – the...

03/28/17: Consumer Confidence Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Conference Board announced on March 28 that its Consumer Confidence Index, which measures the economic sentiment and expectations of U.S. households regarding the...

03/15/17: NAHB Housing Market Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The National Association of Homebuilders (“NAHB”) reported on March 15 that its housing market index rose during mid-March to 71, from 65 during the prior...

10/31/16: Personal Income

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on October 31 that, on a seasonally-adjusted year-over-year basis, the rate of increase in the after-tax incomes of Americans...

10/28/16: Consumer Expectations Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The University of Michigan reported on October 28 that its Consumer Expectations Index, which is based on surveys of Americans regarding their expectations for the...

10/19/16: New Housing Starts

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data released on October 19 by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that, on a seasonally-adjusted year-over-year basis, initial construction for new...

10/14/16: U.S. Retail Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data released on October 14 15 by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, sales at U.S. retail stores rose very modestly during...

10/03/16: Construction Spending

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data released on October 3 by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that construction spending in the United States on commercial, industrial and residential...

09/29/16: Pending Home Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data released on September 29 by the National Association of Realtors indicate that the number of contracts signed by prospective homebuyers to purchase a...

09/15/16: U.S. Retail Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data released on September 15 by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, sales at U.S. retail stores declined by 0.4% during...

09/06/16: ISM Non-Manufacturing Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Institute of Supply Management reported on September 6 that its latest survey of executives at U.S. non-manufacturing companies indicates that economic activity...

09/01/16: ISM Manufacturing Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Institute of Supply Management reported on September 1 that its index of U.S. manufacturing activity, the ISM’s Purchasing Managers’ Index...

08/24/16: Existing Home Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The National Association of Realtors reported on August 24 that sales of previously-owned homes in the United States — existing home sales — declined by...

07/11/16: Online Job Advertisements

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Conference Board, a global economic research firm, reported on July 6 that postings of job advertisements on Internet web sites declined during June for the...

12/30/15: Pending Home Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below ***   Data: The National Association of Realtors reported on December 22 that the number of contracts signed by prospective home-buyers to purchase a home within the next two...

12/22/15: Existing Home Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The National Association of Realtors reported on December 22 that sales of previously-owned homes — existing home sales — declined by 3.8% during...

12/16/15: Industrial Production

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on December 16 that industrial production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities declined for the third consecutive month...

12/11/15: Real Retail and Food Service Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: Data issued on December 11 by the U.S. Department of Commerce indicate that sales at U.S. retail stores and food service outlets rose by only 0.9% during November, as...

12/01/15: ISM Manufacturing Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reported on December 1 that its index of economic activity for the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy fell into...

11/24/15: Corporate Profits

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on November 24 that the profits of U.S. corporations declined for the second consecutive quarter for the three months ended...

11/17/15: Industrial Production

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Federal Reserve reported on November 17 that industrial production at U.S. factories, mines and utilities declined for the second consecutive month during...

11/13/15: Retail Sales

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on November 13 that sales at U.S. retail stores declined during October, as compared to the prior month, and slowed to a ...

10/29/15: U.S. Third Quarter 2015 Gross Domestic Product

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The U.S. Department of Commerce reported on October 29 that the U.S. economy expanded at an annualized seasonally-adjusted rate of only 1.5% during the third quarter...

05/15/17: Empire State Manufacturing Index

*** Scroll down for our analysis of the chart below *** Data: The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced on May 15 its Empire State Manufacturing Index, which is based on monthly surveys of purchasing managers at...

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