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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Durable Goods Orders Report for February 2013

The Durable Goods Orders report for February 2013 was released this morning:

Predicted: +3.5%
Actual: +5.7%

The above percentages represent the month-to-month change in orders for durable or hard goods for immediate or future delivery from U.S. manufacturers. Examples of durable goods: cars, airplanes, computers, furniture -- items that are built to last at least three years.

The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure. The Durable Goods Orders report is produced by the Commerce Department.

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New Home Sales for February 2013

The February 2013 New Home Sales report was released this morning:

Predicted: 425,000

Actual New Home Sales: 411,000

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Change from One Month Previous: -4.6%
Change from One Year Previous: +12.3%

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Median Price for a New Home during February: $246,800
Average Price for a New Home during February: $313,700

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Compiled jointly by the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the monthly New Home Sales report measures the number of newly-built homes with committed buyers for a given month.

The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

The New Home Sales report is watched by economists and investors because it offers insight into the state of the U.S. housing market, and also provides data that can be used to predict sales of large household furniture and appliances like refrigerators, air conditioners and microwave ovens.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Existing Home Sales for February 2013

The Existing Home Sales report for February 2013 was released by The National Association of Realtors® this morning:

Predicted: 5,010,000
Actual: 4,980,000

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Change from One Month Previous: +0.8%
Change from One Year Previous: +10.2%

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The "actual" figure above represents the preliminary, seasonally adjusted annual sales count of existing homes, co-ops and condominiums for last month. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.


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Median Price for A used home In February 2013: $173,600
Change from One Year Previous: +11.6%

Average Price for A used home In February 2013: $221,700
Change from One Year Previous: +10.0%

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The monthly Existing Home Sales report is released on or around the 25TH day of each month.

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New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of March 16, 2013

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on March 16, 2013:

Predicted: 340,000
Actual: 336,000

Last Week (Revised): 334,000

The above figures represent the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits for the entire United States. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Employment Situation Report for February 2013

The Employment Situation report for February 2013 was released by The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics this morning:

Unemployment Rate
Predicted: 7.8%
Actual: 7.7%

Non-farm Payrolls (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +171K
Actual: +236K


Average Hourly Earnings (month-to-month change)
Predicted: +0.2%
Actual: 0.2%

Average Workweek
Predicted: 34.4 hrs
Actual: 34.5 hrs

Economist, academics, central bankers and investors pay very close attention to the monthly Employment Situation report as it offers penetrating insight as to the current and near-future state of the overall U.S. economy. If a) Americans are earning more money, b) unemployment is low and c) the economy is creating new jobs, this typically translates to more money being pumped into the economy (and vice versa.)

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

New Unemployment Insurance Claims for The Week of March 2, 2013

Earlier today, the Labor Department released the New Unemployment Insurance Claims report for the week that ended on March 2, 2013:

Predicted: 355,000
Actual: 340,000

Last Week (Revised): 347,000

The above figures represent the number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits for the entire United States. The "predicted" figure is what economists and Wall Street forecasters were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

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