The ISM Non-manufacturing Index decelerated for a second consecutive month, falling from 53.3 in June to 52.7 in July. The Briefing.com consensus expected the ISM Non-manufacturing Index to increase to 53.7. Production/business activity rebounded in July, as the index increased from 53.4 in June to 56.1. The growth, however, came primarily from the usage of backlogs and not from new orders. New orders growth slowed as the index dropped from 53.6 to 51.7. The… Continue
Added by ken flagg on August 3, 2011 at 11:30am —
The final reading of the June University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index settled a little below the preliminary reading, dropping from 71.8 to 71.5. The Briefing.com consensus expected the sentiment index to remain at 71.8. The expectations index was revised down from 66.8 in the preliminary reading to 64.8 in the final reading. The current conditions index was revised up from 79.6 to 82.0. This was a fairly sizable drop from the May level (74.3), but is… Continue
Added by ken flagg on July 1, 2011 at 11:13am —
Treasuries are easing off their best levels of the session following the ISM Non-Manufacturing beat. After hitting a session low of 2.95% the 10-yr yield is back up near 2.98%. Flattening of the yield curve continues with the 2-10-yr spread tightening to 252.6. Precious metals remain mixed with gold up seven dollars to 1540 and silver off 45 cents at 35.75.
Added by ken flagg on June 3, 2011 at 10:49am —
MBA Mortgage Applications (7am)- Has been up four of the past five weeks but has not helped improve the outlook on the markets yet.May Challenger Job Cuts (7:30 am)- Prior -5.0%May ADP Employment Change (8:15am)- 170K Briefing.com consensus, prior 179KMay ISM Manufacturing Index (10am)- Briefing.com consensus 57.6; April… Continue
Added by ken flagg on June 1, 2011 at 12:31pm —
COMDX Summary of Weekly Petroleum Data for the week ending Mar 4Production: U.S. crude oil refinery inputs avgd 13.9 mln barrels per day during the week ending March 4, 145 thousand barrels per day above the previous week's avg. Refineries operated at 82.0 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production decreased last week, averaging about 9.0 mln barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased… Continue
Added by ken flagg on March 9, 2011 at 1:08pm —
NASDAQ 100 (NDX, QQQQ) strength & weakness- Data storage name (STX) continues to lead the index gainers at midday; Semis (MU, AMAT, KLAC, BRCM) continue to display sector weaknessNDX 10 Best % Performers:STX, LOGI, SBUX, EXPE, VOD, XRAY, GILD, GENZNDX 10 Worst % Performers:… Continue
Added by ken flagg on March 7, 2011 at 2:48pm —
Commodities Update: Natural Gas Initially Spikes Following Inventory Data, but Quickly Reverses -Update-Strength in the dollar index, which is near session highs of 78.321, is pressure most commodities this morning, but a small handful are holding their gains. Sugar +3.5%, cotton +3.3% and cocoa +2.2% are the top three performers in the CRB Index.March natural gas was trading near the unchanged line ahead of inventory… Continue
Added by ken flagg on February 10, 2011 at 2:34pm —
U.S. Economic Data
Q4 GDP (8:30)
Q4 GDP Prouct Price Index (8:30)
Q4 Personal Consumptions (8:30)
Q4 Employment Cost Index (8:30)
U of M Consumer Confidence (9:55)
Added by ken flagg on January 28, 2011 at 8:49am —
Nov Household Spending -0.4% vs -0.4% in Nov 2009
Nov Jobless Rate 5.1% vs 5.1% in Oct
Nov CPI +0.1% vs +0.2% in Nov 2009
Nov CPI Ex Fresh Food -0.5% vs -0.6% in Nov 2009
Nov Job-To-Applicant Ratio 0.57 vs 0.56 in Oct… Continue
Added by ken flagg on December 28, 2010 at 9:06am —
Oct Large Retailers' Sales +0.4% vs -1.7% in Sep
Oct Retail Trade s.a. -1.9% vs -2.8% in Sep
Nov Small Business Confidence 45.8 vs 46.4 in Oct 02:28 EWA Australia Economic Data (23.65 )… Continue
Added by ken flagg on November 29, 2010 at 9:56am —
Stocks settled mixed with the major equity averages near the neutral line. The lack of direction came despite encouraging data and a sharp drop by the dollar, but preceded the advance GDP report for the third quarter.
The S&P 500 was up about 0.6% at its… Continue
Added by ken flagg on October 28, 2010 at 5:59pm —
wings by the dollar left stocks without much direction in the early going, but they have since staged a strong climb that has the Dow back above 11,000 for the first time since May... Ahead of the open, participants were primarily focused on the September payrolls report. The report showed that nonfarm payrolls fell by 95,000, which contrasts sharply with the consensus call for no net change. Most of that miss was owed to government layoffs, though.… Continue
Added by ken flagg on October 8, 2010 at 4:54pm —
A pullback in the US Dollar Index gave strength to precious metals in recent trade and pushed crude oil back to the unchanged line ahead of today's inventory data.
Before this move in crude. October crude just hit a fresh session low of $71.10 per barrel. Following the inventory data, which showed a build of 4.11 million, well above the consensus of a build of 300,000, crude fell to new session lows of $71.00 per barrel and is now 0.3% lower… Continue
Added by ken flagg on August 25, 2010 at 10:54pm —
Economic uncertainty has led stocks lower in four straight sessions for a cumulative loss of 3.9%. Paltry existing home sales figures for July only added ambiguity to the economic outlook... The major equity averages opened trade with losses of about 1%. The opening slide reflected the weak action of markets overseas, where Germany 's DAX dropped below its 200-day moving average for the first time in more than one month and Japan 's Nikkei entered bear… Continue
Added by ken flagg on August 24, 2010 at 6:28pm —
Production: U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.2 mln bpd during the week ending August 13, 172 thousand bpd above the previous week's avg. Refineries operated at 90.0 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production increased last week, averaging 9.4 mln bpd. Distillate fuel production decreased last week, averaging 4.2 mln bpd.
Imports: U.S. crude oil imports averaged 9.6 mln bpd last week, up by 120 thousand bpd from… Continue
Added by ken flagg on August 18, 2010 at 12:28pm —
Production: U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.1 mln bpd during the week ending August 6, 509 thousand bpd below the previous week's average. Refineries operated at 88.1 percent of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production decreased last week, averaging 9.3 mln bpd. Distillate fuel production decreased slightly last week, averaging 4.3 mln bpd.
Imports: U.S. crude oil imports averaged 9.4 mln bpd last week, down by 188… Continue
Added by ken flagg on August 11, 2010 at 12:36pm —
Added by ken flagg on May 3, 2010 at 11:29pm —
M&A news: CAL +2.9% and UAUA +2.6% (United and Continental announce merger).
Select financial related names showing strength: SNV +4.0%, IRE +3.6%, NBG +2.5%, BCS +2.3%, GS +2.3%, FITB +2.3%, C +2.1%, AIG +1.8%, UBS +1.2%, MS +1.1%, CS +1.1%, BAC +1.0%.
Select metals/mining stocks ticking higher: NG +3.3%, MT +2.3%, VALE +1.7% (has acquired from BSG Resources).
Select casino related names showing strength: MPEL +3.6%, MGM… Continue
Added by ken flagg on May 3, 2010 at 11:22pm —
Overall economic activity increased somewhat since the last report across all Federal Reserve Districts except St. Louis , which reported "softened" economic conditions. Districts generally reported increases in retail sales and vehicle sales. Tourism spending was up in a number of Districts. Reports on the services sector were generally mixed. Manufacturing activity increased in all Districts except St. Louis , and new orders were up. Many Districts… Continue
Added by ken flagg on April 14, 2010 at 11:11pm —
Reuters.com reports applications for U.S. home loans slid last week despite the lowest mortgage rates in more than three months, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Wednesday, suggesting a long haul before housing recovers. Punishing winter weather has likely chipped away at demand, but high unemployment and underemployment are stifling the housing market even with federal tax incentives still in play. The industry group's market index, which includes purchase and refinance… Continue
Added by ken flagg on March 17, 2010 at 9:10am —