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MARKET TRENDS: Summary for the Week Beginning July 27, 2015
Posted on July 27, 2015

The week ahead will start off with data on durable goods orders and core durable goods orders which indicate the level of business activities in the U.S. Aircraft orders, particularly in the commercial sector, have remained low, leading to the recent volatility in the durable goods orders. Rising demand, coupled with a supply constraint in [...]

MARKET TRENDS: New Home Sales Down, Manufacturing Picks Up
Posted on July 24, 2015

Recent gains in the U.S. housing market were slightly offset with new single family home sales posting a larger than expected decline in June. New home sales dropped for the second consecutive month to its lowest level in the past seven months, while May's sales were also revised sharply lower. Sales of new single family [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Jobless Claims at Record Low, U.S. Economic Activity High
Posted on July 23, 2015

Initial jobless claims in the U.S. fell to a record low last week, boosting optimism on the growth of the economy and supporting the Fed short term interest rate hike this year. The number of individuals filing for unemployment benefits claims in the week ending July 18 fell by 26,000 to a seasonally adjusted 255,000. This [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Existing Home Sales at 8 Year High, Home Prices Surge Higher
Posted on July 22, 2015

The U.S. existing home sales touched the highest level in nearly 8.5 years in June, indicating a strengthening housing market. The robust home sales data that came in after a solid housing start and building permit data last week, is attributed to a firm job market, improved consumer income, and lower mortgage rates. A tightening[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Gold Prices Plummet to 5-Year Lows, Dollar Surges High
Posted on July 21, 2015

The price of gold dropped to a five-year low on Monday. Investors went bearish on precious metals in anticipation of the Fed short term interest rate hike that would push the U.S. dollar higher, and China declaring lower-than-expected gold reserves. Investors are selling off gold, which is considered the safest investment in times of crisis. [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Summary for the Week Beginning July 20, 2015
Posted on July 20, 2015

The week ahead will focus on housing data releases. The reports will include existing home sales on Wednesday, which are expected to have increased; however, new home sales on Friday are expected to have slowed. The housing market has shown strength recently, with demand having stabilized and housing price gains moderated. Housing should remain an [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Manufacturing Tumbles, Labor and Housing Steady
Posted on July 17, 2015

The Philly Fed Index of manufacturing activity fell sharply in the month of July, indicating a slowdown of factory activities in the mid-Atlantic. The U.S. manufacturing sector had little contribution to the expanding economy, as the sector was hit hard by the stronger dollar and lower oil prices. The Philly Fed Diffusion Index of current [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Prices and Production Tops Estimates, Index Surges Higher
Posted on July 16, 2015

Producer prices in the U.S. grew for the second straight month in June. The rise in prices was higher than anticipated, with a rising cost of gasoline and a range of other goods. This indicates a diminishing oil-driven downtrend in prices. Signs of firming inflation support views that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Retail Sales Disappoint; Import and Export Prices Down
Posted on July 15, 2015

U.S. retail sales fell unexpectedly in June as consumers cut back their spending on automobiles, food, furniture, and clothes. This was previously an area that had bolstered growth. Retail sales declined 0.3% month-over-month (MoM) in June, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday. It seems that consumers are still cautious, despite a consistent improvement in the [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Greece's Long Fought Battle to End, Dollar Surges High
Posted on July 14, 2015

Greece’s long fought battle with its creditors will soon end with a deal being finalized with the rest of the eurozone countries, subject to an approval by the Athens parliament. The deal, after the approval from the government by Wednesday, would lead to a third bailout for the nearly bankrupt country, and prevent the Greece’s [...]