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Lara Sheldon

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  • uploads///Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Service Activity Saw Modest Expansion in December 2015

    Japanese services PMI slightly changed at 51.5 in December The service sector accounts for ~72.6% of Japan’s GDP. According to Markit, Japan’s services PMI (purchasing managers’ index) dipped slightly to 51.5 in December 2015, as compared to 51.6 in November 2015. As a result, the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) and the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity […]

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India’s Trade Deficit Falls as Value of Oil Imports Drops

    With a falling trade deficit, the WisdomTree India Earnings ETF and the Direxion Daily India Bull 3X Shares rose 1.1% and 4.5%, respectively, as of December 15.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    UK Industrial Production Regained Strength in August

    With a rise in mining and quarrying activities, the UK industrial production index rose by 1% in August 2015 against a fall of 0.3% in July.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///MBA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mortgage Applications Rose, Volatility Continued in January

    According to the MBA (Mortgage Bankers Association) survey, mortgage applications rose by 8.8% for the week ending January 22.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///MVA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Housing Stocks Rallied Then Came to a Halt in December

    Housing has been a bright spot in the US economy. But over the past month, housing stocks haven’t been performing well. ITB, a housing-focused fund, has fallen 4.7%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ISM
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Expanding Service Sector Gives Relief to Economy in September

    With manufacturing slowing, a reading of the Non-Manufacturing Index at an above-neutral level (56.9) may provide some relief to the US economy, which is highly dependent on the service sector for its economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Claims
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Jobless Claims Rose in January

    According to the Department of Labor, initial jobless claims stood at 285,000 for the week ended January 30. This was a rise of 8,000 from the prior week.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Government Sector Influenced Personal Income and Expenses Rose

    According to the BEA, personal income rose 0.30% to $52.5 billion in August 2015. This was below the consensus estimate of 0.40%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Jobless claims
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Initial Jobless Claims Denotes Weakness in Manufacturing

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, initial jobless claims were 259,000 for the week ended October 17, 2015. Claims increased by 3,000 from the prior week’s revised level.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///japan gdp
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Capital Spending May Help Japan’s Economy to Grow at 1.7% in 2016

    After sliding for two consecutive quarters, Japan’s economy has advanced 0.3% in 3Q15. This comes as a relief to the ailing Japanese economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Euro
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Disappoints with Negative Inflation in September

    The Eurozone’s annual inflation is expected to fall to -0.10% in September—compared to 0.10% in August. It’s mainly attributed to the fall in energy prices.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Household Spending Provided Respite for UK Economic Growth

    With household spending gathering pace, it could be an important growth driver for the United Kingdom’s economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ISMREV
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Service Sector Expanded at Faster Rate in October

    The service sector makes up more than 85% of the US economy. With manufacturing picking up in October, faster growth in the service sector may further ramp up economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Home sales
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    New Home Sales Fell Due to the Price Hike in September

    New home sales fell to 468,000 in September—compared to a downward revised 529,000 in August 2015. It’s below the consensus estimate of 549,000.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Import
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Lower Fuel Prices Led to a Decline in Import Prices in December

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US import prices fell 1.2% month-over-month in December as compared to a 0.5% decline in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    France’s Services Business Activity Stagnated in December 2015

    The service sector makes up about 78.9% of the French economy. According to Markit, France’s services business activity index declined by 1.2 points in December to 49.8.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Durable orders
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Transportation Dragging New Orders on Durable Goods Down

    Durable goods orders indicate what may occur in manufacturing activity. New orders for manufactured durable goods fell by 2.0% to $236.3 billion in August 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Manufacturing Production Remains Negative in the UK

    With the decline in manufacturing output, the iShares MSCI United Kingdom ETF (EWU) has fallen 6.6% over the past month as of January 12.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India’s Manufacturing Contracts in December 2015

    India accounts for ~2.5% of the world’s GDP, and manufacturing activity accounts for ~17% of India’s GDP. The Nikkei India manufacturing index fell by 1.2 points to 49.1 in December.

    By Lara Sheldon
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Strong Dollar Is Playing Spoilsport in International Trade

    Exports account for about 14% of the US GDP. A stronger dollar has deteriorated competitiveness of US companies in international trade.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Wholesale
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Sluggish Wholesale Trade Sales in US Keep Inventory Build-Up Low

    According to the US Census Bureau, wholesale inventories stood at $585.9 billion at the end of October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ManufacturingDIA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    DIA May Rise after Triggering Bullish Crossover

    In DIA, the 20-day moving averages for MMM, BA, and HD are crossing over the 100-day moving averages. This is considered a bullish crossover.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Article
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Oil-Focused ETF Slides with Falling Inflation

    With a 3.3% drop in energy prices, the producer price index is declining while energy-based stocks are falling. August’s PPI for final demand remains unchanged compared to 0.2% in July.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Service Sector Provides Optimism toward Growth in Germany

    Germany’s composite output index declined to 54.3 in September compared to 55.0 in August 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Russia’s Industrial Production Fell in September

    According to the Federal State Statistics Service, Russia’s industrial production index (IIP) fell to 3.7% in September, compared to a fall of 4.3% in August 2015, YoY.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Manufacturing and Service Sectors Help France to Rebound

    France’s composite output index increased to 51.4 in September compared to 50.2 in August 2015. It was another month of modest growth, with manufacturing contributing to the movement.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurozone
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Manufacturing Up in November: Will ECB Boost Stimulus?

    In line with the flash estimate, the Eurozone manufacturing PMI rose to 52.8 in November 2015, up 0.5 points from the 52.3 reading in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Brazil
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Inflationary Pressure in Brazil Increased in September

    While falling crude prices are leading to low inflation in the developed world, high oil prices are causing inflationary pressure in Brazil.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Germany
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    German Industrial Production Failed to Regain Strength in August

    The Germany industrial production index fell 1.2% in August 2015 against a revised increase of 1.2% in July.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///China
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Online Sales Boosted Chinese Retail in September

    According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, retail sales reached 2,527.1 billion yuan, up by 10.9% in September as against 10.8% in August 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Net Trade Contributed -1.0% to UK Gross Domestic Product

    The only negative contribution to UK gross domestic product came from net trade, which contributed -1.0% in 3Q15 compared to an estimated -1.5%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Greece
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Greece’s Mixed Bag: Industrial Production and Negative Inflation

    Industrial production remains an important gauge of economic activity. Greece’s IIP (industrial production index) rose 4.5% in August 2015 from August 2014.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurozone
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Retail Sales Saw a Broad Decline in November

    Retail PMI has seen a broad-based downturn with a reduction in sales in Germany (EWG), Italy (EWI), and France (EWQ).

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///PHSI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Pending Home Sales Rose Annually, but They’re Falling Monthly

    According to the National Association of Realtors, US pending home sales rose marginally at 0.1% in December versus a 1.1% fall in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///IIP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Decline in Mining Activity Keeps Industrial Production Down

    The decline in utilities by 2.0% in December was a main contributor towards the decline in industrial production.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India’s Central Bank Cut the Rate to Support the Global Recovery

    With a fall in the inflation rate to 3.66%, the RBI initiated the rate cut. The inflation was below the target of 6% set by the RBI for January 2016.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Seasonal Rise in Services Boosted French Inflation

    France’s CPI (consumer price index) rose 0.2% month-over-month in December, as compared to a 0.2% decline in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Francerevised
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    France’s Manufacturing and Service Sectors Expanded Moderately

    With manufacturing and services both recording growth in October, France’s composite output flash index rose to 52.3 in October compared to 51.9 in September.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Consumer
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    European Stocks Fall due to Declining Consumer Confidence

    The consumer confidence index provides a link between household expenditure and consumer sentiment in the economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///China
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Manufacturing Deteriorated Further in December 2015

    China accounts for ~8.4% of the global GDP, and manufacturing activity contributes about 31% to China’s GDP. The Caixin China manufacturing PMI declined 0.4 points to 48.2 in December.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Inflation Germany
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Inflation Remains Stable at 0.2% in August

    Germany’s inflation data is on the radar of financial investors. As one of the largest economies in Europe, Germany serves as a growth engine for the continent.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Manufacturing: Solid Improvement in Operating Conditions

    The manufacturing sector in Japan accounts for ~19% of the country’s GDP. According to Markit, Japan’s flash manufacturing PMI fell by 0.2 points in January.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan: Recession with Continued Decline in Gross Domestic Product

    This is the second consecutive quarter in which Japan economy has contracted. The aging population has been a major problem faced by the Japanese economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Spain
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    GDP Growth May Influence December Election Results in Spain

    On a yearly basis, GDP growth in 3Q15 for Spain stands at 3.4% compared to 3.2% in the previous quarter. GDP growth was mainly attributed to an increase in domestic demand.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Brazil
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Assessing October Inflation in Brazil: Rising Fuel and Transport Prices

    Brazil’s inflation rate stood at 9.93% in October, compared to 9.49% in September—the highest level of inflation Brazil has seen so far in 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Industrial Production Will Likely Be Gloomy in December

    With a rise in production and shipments, Japan industrial production rose by 1.4% in October—compared to a rise of 1.1% in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    France’s Manufacturing Activity Remained Unchanged in November

    According to Markit, the final manufacturing PMI for France remained unchanged at 50.6 in November for the third straight month.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan Retail
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Retail Sales Rebounded in October

    According to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, retail sales rose 1.8% YoY (year-over-year) in October, as compared to the downwardly revised 0.1% decline in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///China IIP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Industrial Production Struggles to Regain Strength

    According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, industrial production in China rose 5.6% in October compared to 5.7% in September. The reading was below market expectations of 5.8%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///EEM
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Manufacturing Saw a Slight Rise, India’s Fell Further

    China and India are the two major emerging economies. Manufacturing activity forms a major sector in both countries.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling Crude Prices Dragged Russia’s Trade Surplus in November

    With Russia’s falling trade surplus, the iShares MSCI Russia Capped ETF and the Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X ETF have fallen 16.6% and 60.9%, respectively.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Japan’s Rising Consumer Confidence Impacted Stocks

    According to the Economic and Social Research Institute, Japan’s consumer confidence index rose by 0.1 points to 42.7 in December—compared to 42.6 in November.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///France
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    France Saw Modest Growth in Industrial Production in October

    France’s industrial production rose 2.3% year-over-year (or YoY) in October 2015 as compared to 0.7% in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    A Seasonal Fall in Manufactured Goods Brings Down French Inflation

    France’s consumer price index declined by 0.4% in July 2015 after a 0.1% fall in June. Inflation has fallen for the past two consecutive months.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Germany IIP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Industrial Production Fell, Energy Production Rose

    Germany’s IIP (industrial production index) fell by 0.3% month-over-month in November—compared to a revised rise of 0.5% in October 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Unemployment Hints at Tightening Labor Market in the UK

    According to the Office for National Statistics, the unemployment rate in the UK dropped to 5.4% in the three months to August 2015 from 5.5% in the prior period.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Brazil
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazil’s Trade Surplus Jumped to a Record High in December

    Brazil recorded a trade surplus of $6.2 billion in December 2015, as compared to a trade surplus of $0.3 billion in December 2014.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Service Sector in Emerging Economies Remains Mixed in September

    Emerging economies remain mixed in September, with Russia expanding and Brazil contracting further. Although Russia has moved back to expansionary phase, its overall economic environment remains challenging with rising inflationary pressure.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Inventories
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Wholesale Trade Sales May See Slide in Future Inventory

    For October 2015, wholesale trade sales were $1,317.7 billion. They were down 0.2% in October from the previous month and fell 2.7% from a year ago.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Euro
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling Fuel Prices Turned September Euro Area Inflation Negative

    According to Eurostat, the euro area annual inflation rate fell to -0.1% in September 2015 against 0.1% in August 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Mexico
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexico’s Industrial Production Remained Negative in November

    According to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI), Mexico’s industrial production fell by 0.5% in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Spain
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Decline in Services Increases Spain’s Unemployment in October

    With an easing in the service sector, Spain’s unemployment rose by 82.3 thousand in October against a rise of 26.1 thousand in September. This is the highest since October 2013.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Brazil
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazilian Consumer Confidence Fell Further in November

    With a drop in consumer confidence, the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped ETF (EWZ) and the Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3X ETF (BRZU) were down 0.36% and 0.89%, respectively, as of December 14.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Mexico
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mexico’s Manufacturing Improved at a Slower Pace in December 2015

    Manufacturing activity accounts for ~18% of Mexico’s GDP. Mexico’s manufacturing PMI declined by 0.6 points to 52.4 in December, compared to 53.0 in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan hsg
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Japanese Housing Sector Sent a Mixed Signal in December

    According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japanese housing starts fell 1.3% in December YoY as compared to a rise of 1.7% in November.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Consumer
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Decline in Consumer Confidence Raises Concerns of Economic Growth

    The consumer confidence index fell by 8.7 points to 90.4 in November 2015 compared to the upwardly revised level of 99.1 in October 2015. It was well below the consensus estimate of 99.6.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///PPI FD
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Producer Prices Rise along with Prices for Final Demand Services

    With an increase in final demand services, the producer price index for final demand, or PPI-FD, rose by 0.3% in November.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Germany
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Manufacturing Activity Rose to 4-Month High in December

    According to Markit, Germany’s manufacturing PMI rose to 53.2 in December 2015, compared to its November level of 52.9 level.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurozone
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Annual Inflation Remained Muted in October 2015

    According to Eurostat, the Eurozone’s annual inflation stood at 0.1% in October, compared to -0.1% in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UKIIP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Increased Mining Activities Lifted Industrial Production in the UK

    The industrial production in the United Kingdom rose by 1.7% in October. During the month, three of the four main sectors increased.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    September’s Fall in Import and Export Prices: What Does It Mean?

    With the continuous decline in export prices, it is evident that the rising dollar is hampering the US competitiveness in the foreign market.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ISM
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Manufacturing Drops with Overall Slow Business Growth

    According to the Institute for Supply Management, or ISM, the manufacturing PMI came in at 48.2 in December—a decline of 0.4 points from the November reading of 48.6.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///b
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Sentiment Drags Real Estate and Auto Stocks Down

    Equity markets favor upbeat consumer sentiment reports. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment final index fell to 85.7 in September, compared to August’s reading of 91.9.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///MBA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mortgage Applications Increased Prior to Regulatory Change

    Mortgage applications increased 25.5% for the week ending October 2, 2015 against a decrease of -6.7% in the previous week.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Existing home sales
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Home Sales Moderates Price Appreciation in August

    US existing home sales dipped 4.8% to 5.31 million in August, which is below the consensus estimate of 5.50 million.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads/// article
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Confidence Increases with Declining Jobless Claims

    One of the important coincident indicators, initial jobless claims reports provide valuable insight into the current labor market conditions.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Trade
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Trade Deficit Fell due to Surge in September Exports

    According to the US Census Bureau, the goods and services deficit was $40.8 billion in September, down $7.2 billion from a revised $48.0 billion in August.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///NFIB
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Optimism in Small Business Remained Unchanged in October

    According to the NFIB, the small business optimism index remained unchanged at 96.1 in October. The reading was below the consensus estimate of 96.4.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///NAHB
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Increased Expectations Will Likely Boost Housing Demand

    According to the National Association of Home Builders (or NAHB), the housing market index (or HMI) rose to 64 in October as compared to 61 in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///cs
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Did Consumer Sentiment Fall in February?

    According to the University of Michigan, the consumer sentiment preliminary index fell to 90.7 in February—compared to 92.0 in January 2016.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ISM
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    January ISM Manufacturing Showed a Mixed Picture

    The manufacturing sector accounts for about 12% of the US economy. The manufacturing PMI was 48.2 in January—a rise of 0.2 points from December.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Indian Manufacturing Moved into an Expansionary Phase in January

    India accounts for about 2.7% of the world’s gross domestic product (or GDP), and manufacturing activity accounts for ~17% of India’s GDP.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Italy
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Italy’s Manufacturing Activity Eased in January

    The Italian economy contributes about 3.0% toward global gross domestic product, and the manufacturing sector accounts for 15% of the country’s economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Euro
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Manufacturing Eased in January

    In-line with the flash estimate, the Eurozone’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing manufacturers’ index) stood at 52.3 in January 2016.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Manufacturing Rebounded Slightly in January

    The US economy contributes about 25.4% toward global gross domestic product, and the manufacturing sector accounts for one-tenth of the country’s economy.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Global
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Remained Subdued in January 2016

    According to JPMorgan Chase and Markit, the global manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose slightly to 50.9 in January 2016.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Japan inflation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Contributed to the Rise in Japanese Inflation in December?

    The target inflation rate set by the B0J (Bank of Japan) stands at 2.0%. However, the December inflation is much lower than the target inflation rate.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///FHFA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    House Prices Continued to Rise in November

    With increasing home prices, builders might increase the home supply. Due to lower mortgage rates, more customers could be attracted to the housing sector.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurozone
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Eurozone Flash Composite PMI Fell 53.5, Business Activity Cools

    With the reading above neutral, the Eurozone continued its upturn in business activity. Though at a 12-month low, the services PMI rose to 53.6 in January

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///China
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Online Sales to Seize Bigger Chunk of China’s Retail Sales

    The increase in China’s retail sales was mainly due to an increase of 36.6% in sales of communication appliances, followed by increases in building materials, office supplies, and furniture.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///BI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Business Inventories and Sales Decline with Sluggish Demand

    The November business inventories to sales ratio stood at 1.4, compared with 1.3 in November 2014.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Consumer
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Future Expectations and Consumer Sentiment Rise

    With improved consumer sentiment, there may be greater consumer spending in the economy, which may translate into faster economic growth.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///PPI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Producer Price Index Falls with Prices for Final Demand Goods

    According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the PPI-FD (producer price index for final demand) moved down 1.0% in December, year-over-year.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Italy
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Italy’s Inflation Rate Remained Flat in December

    According to the National Institute of Statistics (Istat), Italy’s December inflation rate is expected to remain unchanged at 0.1% on a year-over-year (or YoY) basis.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///German
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany Inflation Rate Dipped in December

    According to Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany’s December inflation rate is expected to come in at 0.3% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis as compared to 0.4% in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Brazil
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Brazilian Manufacturing Remained in Contraction in December 2015

    Brazil accounts for ~2.1% of the world’s GDP, and its manufacturing activity accounts for ~11% of Brazil’s GDP. Brazil’s manufacturing PMI increased by 1.8 points to 45.6 in December.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Spain
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Spain’s Manufacturing Activity Hit 2-Month Low in December

    According to Markit, Spain’s manufacturing PMI increased to 53.0 in December, a decline of 0.1 points from November’s reading of 53.1.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///PMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Chicago Business Activity Contracted at Fastest Pace in December

    With a sharp fall in new orders, the Chicago PMI (purchasing managers’ Index) fell 5.8 points to 42.9 in December, as compared to 48.7 in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///China NBS non
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Chinese Non-Manufacturing Continued to Expand in December

    China’s non-manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose by 0.8 points to 54.4 in December as against 53.6 in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Unemployment
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Unemployment Rises in Japan

    According to Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs & Communications, the unemployment rate rose to 3.3% in November 2015, as compared to 3.1% in October 2015 and 3.5% in November 2014.

    By Lara Sheldon
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