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Category: Economic Trends

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (February 21, 2020)

The reports this week were few and centered largely in housing, the reports on which were mixed. The producer price report was suggestive of some pressures. The index of leading economic indicators suggests that the expansion in economic activity...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (February 14, 2020)

The reports this week were for the most part favorable. Consumers started the year off on a strong footing with a solid gain in retail sales. With continued gains in employment and wages, consumers took on more debt at the end of 2019, especially...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (February 7, 2020)

The reports this week were mixed. The employment report showed job creation well above expectations and is signaling a healthy labor market. Light vehicle sales started the year with a gain. Construction spending, however, eased. Despite higher...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (January 31, 2020)

The reports week were few in number. The economy has settled into a 2% or so growth trajectory as the boost from tax reform and deregulation has been offset by the trade tensions and the uncertainty it has created. Consumer confidence improved and,...

Economic Trends

Weekly Chemistry and Economic Trends (January 24, 2020)

The reports week were few in number. Existing home sales featured a large gain and this is an area that may lead this year. The LEI suggests that the expansion in economic activity will continue into 2020, but at a moderate pace. Providing an early...