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      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (June 18, 2021)

      he economic reports were positive this week. Housing activity improved and there was a strong gain in the industrial sector. The regional manufacturing surveys indicate that momentum continued into June. There was a setback in the labor market, but...

      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (June 11, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports were few. Labor markets continue to repair at a slow pace. Wholesale trade continues to expand as are global semiconductor sales. The latter industry tends to lead the economic cycle. Inflation fears, however, have...

      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (June 4, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports, the ISM surveys for manufacturing and services indicate an economy on the move during May. Factory orders were good as companies are gearing up for resilience in supply chains and new capacity. Although light vehicle...

      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (May 28, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports were few and mixed in their outlook. Consumer confidence eased and new home sales fell back, the victim of pricing many would-be homebuyers out of the market. The regional manufacturing surveys, however, were positive....

      Economic Trends

      Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (May 21, 2021)

      This week’s economic reports were few. Although housing starts disappointed, the more forward-looking building permits expanded. Existing home sales disappointed, falling for a third straight month in April amid continued tight inventories. The...