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  • 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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///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///Spain inflation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Disappointment Continues: Spanish Inflation Dips in December

    Spanish inflation is expected to fall 0.3% in December, following a rise of 0.4% in the previous month.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russian Manufacturing Contracts in December

    According to Markit, Russia’s manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) declined by 1.4 points and came in at 48.7 in December, as compared to 50.1 in November 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///GDP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Spending May Drive US Economy to Grow at 2.5% in 2016

    The US economy contributes about 25.2% towards global GDP. In 3Q15, the US economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.1% due to an increase in consumer spending.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Eurogdp
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Household Consumption Expenditure to Boost the Eurozone Economy

    In 2015, the Eurozone economy advanced at a slower rate of 0.3% in 3Q15 with an increase in household consumption expenditure.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russiagdp
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Rising Inflation Is Affecting the Russian Economy

    Like Brazil (EWZ), Russia (RUSL) (ERUS) is also struggling with high inflationary pressure. For the September quarter, Russian GDP (gross domestic product) fell 0.57%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///HMI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    December’s Housing Market Saw a Drop in Buyer Traffic

    According to the National Association of Home Builders (or NAHB), the housing market index fell by a single point to reach a level of 61.0 in December.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Inflation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling Crude Oil Prices Keep UK Inflation in Check

    The Bank of England or BoE is targeting an inflation rate at 2.0% in order to attain economic growth in the United Kingdom.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///GDP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Bank of England Stays Put with Current Bank Rate

    The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (or MPC) voted by a majority of 8:1 to maintain a bank rate at 0.5% yesterday.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US trade
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    US Trade Deficit Rises as Exports Fell More than Imports

    The US trade deficit stood at $43.9 billion in October. International trade plays a crucial role in determining whether the economy is growing or not.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///India
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    India’s Manufacturing Continued to Decline in November

    India manufacturing PMI fell to 50.3 in November India accounts for about 2.5% of the world’s GDP, and manufacturing activity accounts for ~17% of India’s GDP. According to Markit, the Nikkei India manufacturing index declined by 0.4 points to 50.3 in November, compared to 50.7 in October 2015. Although manufacturing was down, India’s GDP rose to […]

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russia’s Manufacturing PMI Was Little Changed in November

    Russia accounts for about 1.8% of the world’s GDP, and manufacturing activity accounts for ~15% of Russia’s GDP. Russia’s manufacturing PMI declined slightly to 50.1 in November, compared to 50.2 in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Germany
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Germany’s Manufacturing Activity Rose at a Modest Rate in November

    Germany’s manufacturing PMI rose to 52.9 in November 2015, up 0.8 points from October’s reading of 52.1 in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Declining Export Orders, Production Levels Slowed US Manufacturing

    The US manufacturing PMI fell to 52.8 in November, a decline of 1.3 points from October’s reading of 54.1. This is one of the weakest readings since October 2013.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Global
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Global Manufacturing Activity Remained Soft in November

    According to J.P.Morgan and Markit, the global manufacturing purchasing manufacturers’ index fell slightly to 51.2 in November, compared to 51.3 in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Italy
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Italy’s Trade Surplus Widened with Declining Imports in September

    According to the National Institute of Statistics (or ISTAT), Italy’s goods and services surplus rose to 2.2 billion euros in September 2015 compared to 2.0 billion euros a year ago.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Bloomberg
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Is US Consumer Sentiment Turning Pessimistic?

    Though consumer sentiment remains low, the First Trust Consumer Discretionary AlphaDEX ETF (FXD) has gained 0.79% in the past week as of November 5, 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Chicago dia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Production and New Orders Look Positive for Manufacturing in October

    Although the global climate remains challenging, manufacturing is still poised to grow strongly with October increases in new orders and production.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///income
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Declining Wages and Salaries Kept Personal Income and Outlays Lower In September

    Despite declining wages and salaries, personal income increased by 0.1%, or $18.6 billion, in September. Decreases in industrial demand have kept wages low.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Claims
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Jobless Claims Remain Low in October

    Employment figures are crucial for any economy. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, initial jobless claims were 260,000 for the week ended October 24, an increase of 1,000 from the prior week.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///GDP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Spending Helps Economic Growth in Third Quarter

    Consumer spending saw positive contributions to economic growth in 3Q15. An increase in consumer spending led to an increase in GDP for the third quarter.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///US DIARevised
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Key for Investors: US Manufacturing Rebounds in October

    The US Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) rose to 54 in October in a preliminary reading—compared to a reading of 53.1 in September 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia Gdp
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Economic Growth in Russia Fell by 4.3% in September

    According to the Federal Service of State Statistics, the gross domestic product (or GDP) of Russia has fallen 4.3% for the third quarter.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///University of Mich
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Consumer Sentiment Beats Estimates in October

    the consumer sentiment final index rose to 92.1 in October against 87.2 in September. This was above the consensus median estimate of 89.0.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///IIP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Low Mining Activity Kept September Industrial Production Negative

    US Industrial production (or IIP) fell 0.2% in September as against the revised 0.1% fall in August 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///GenBusiXLI
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    October Data Shows Business Conditions Remain Weak

    According to the Empire State Manufacturing Survey released by the New York Federal Reserve, business activity fell to 11.36 points in October.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Inflation
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Energy Prices and Inflation Fell in September: Market Impact

    As gasoline prices fell by 9.0% in September, inflation remained negative. The index for food away from home rose by 0.5% in September.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Jobless
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Falling Initial Jobless Claims Boost Consumer Sentiment

    According to the US Department of Labor, initial jobless claims stood at 255,000 for the week ended October 10, a fall of 7,000 from the prior week’s revised level.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Fed
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why the Federal Manufacturing Index Fell in October

    With new orders and shipments indexes turning negative, the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index came in at -4.5 points in October 2015.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Russia
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Russia’s Trade Surplus Falls along with Crude Oil Prices in August

    According to the Central Bank of Russia, the goods and services surplus fell to $8.7 billion in August 2015, compared to $16.2 billion a year ago.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///World
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The China Slowdown and Global Growth Prospects for 2015

    The IMF lowered its forecast of global growth prospects for 2015 to 3.1%—0.2% below its July forcast. High inflation continues to impact emerging economies.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///EWP spain
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Services Lead the Jump in Spain’s September Unemployment Data

    Spain is one of the fastest-growing regions in the Eurozone. However, its increasing unemployment rate has become the biggest concern for the country’s policymakers.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///XME
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Weakening Industrial Commodities Pull September Payrolls Down

    US non-farm payrolls added 142,000 jobs in September compared to 173,000 in August, below the consensus estimate of 203,000. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.1%.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///UK
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Household Disposable Income Rose and Helped Economic Growth

    The Household and Non-Profit Institutions Serving Households saving ratio was estimated to be 4.70% in the second quarter—compared to 4% in the first quarter.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///Chicago
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Production and New Orders Fell and Impacted the Chicago PMI

    The Chicago PMI fell by 5.7 points to a reading of 48.7 in September 2015—below the consensus estimate of 53.6. Production growth and new orders fell.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///MBA
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Mortgage Applications Fail to Improve on the Rate Cut

    Mortgage applications reported a fall of 6.70% for the week ending September 25. The Purchase Index fell 6% and the Refinance Index fell 8% from the prior week.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads///ADP
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Rise in Manufacturing Employment Suggests a Slowdown

    In line with the consensus range, private sector employment rose by 200,000 jobs in September from a downward revised 186,000 jobs in August.

    By Lara Sheldon
  • uploads/// article
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What is Driving Decreasing Inflation?

    Commodity prices continue to subdue inflation globally. They remain a main concern for the Federal Reserve and any decision regarding future interest rate increases.

    By Lara Sheldon
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