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Retail sales stronger than expected–there’s hope yet of fending off a recession

Retail sales in July climbed 0.7% from June. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had predicted a 0.3% climb. Retail sales excluding autos were up 1.0% month over month. Economists had projected a 03% gain.. Nonstore retail sales (that is the Internet) were up 2.8% after a 1.9% jump in June. Food services were among the strongest […]

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The drop in job openings worries me more than an inverted yield curve

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 800.49 points today, or 3.05%; the Standard & Poor's 500 finished 2.93% lower; and the NASDAQ Composite lost 3.02%. One reason for the plunge was an intraday inversion in the Treasury yield curve with the yield on the 10-year Treasury dropping below the yield on the 2-year Treasury.(For […]

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Trick or Trend: Despite the good news from consumers, the U.S. manufacturing sector slips into a “technical recession”

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. The overall U.S. economy grew at a better than expected 2.1% year over year rate […]

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Shockingly low February jobs report this morning–but what’s the trend.

The U.S. economy added only 20,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported this morning. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had expected 173,000 jobs for the month. In January the economy added 304,000 jobs. The huge swing left economists and Wall Street analysts trying to figure out the trend. Everybody believes that the February 20,000 is […]

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The U.S. stock market starts to play the Fed game again

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Back to normal–and the market gets earnings news to worry about

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

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The big numbers this week? U.S. employment figures on Friday

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Saturday Night Quarterback says, For the week ahead expect…

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Drop in initial claims for unemployment not as good as it seems

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