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A Rising Interest Rate Scenario That Might Be Good for Banks

A rising interest rate environment is supposed to bad for banks. It turns out that not all rising rate environments are created equal, and rising rates of the past may ...
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Third-Quarter GDP Growth Decelerating

The U.S. Commerce Department has released its first read on real gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter of 2014, showing that GDP rose at an annual rate of ...
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Federal Reserve Showing Better Economic Picture at National Level

The Chicago Federal Reserve's National Activity Index (CFNAI) rose to +0.47 in September from –0.25 in August. Three of the four economic categories made positive contributions to the index in ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Post Larger-Than-Expected Rise

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its latest installment of weekly jobless claims. The report came in at 283,000. Bloomberg was calling for 285,000. The prior week's reading was ...
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September CPI Avoids Deflation Fears

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Wednesday morning before the market opened. The CPI increased 0.1% in September, above the 0.0% expected by Bloomberg. ...
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Philly Fed Positive on Manufacturing

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has released its Business Outlook Survey for the month of October. The report suggested continued expansion of the region’s manufacturing sector. Firms reported continued ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Buck Weak Economic Trends

The U.S. Labor Department has reported its weekly jobless claims for the last week, and it was a surprisingly good economic report. Despite weaker data elsewhere in rival economic reports, ...
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Will Weekly Jobless Claims Disappoint or Please the Market?

The U.S. Labor Department is set to report weekly jobless claims on Thursday morning. What is interesting about the trends of late is that weaker economic readings are prevailing, but ...
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Empire State Manufacturing Survey Hits the Skids

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for the month of October on Wednesday morning. Overall the reading for the survey signals that business ...
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September PPI — From Inflation to Deflation

The U.S. Department of Labor has release the wholesale inflation reading via the Producer Price Index (PPI) for the month of September. The headline reading was -0.1%, versus a Bloomberg ...
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Family Dollar Earnings Verdict – A Coin Toss!

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE: FDO) reported its earnings after the market closed Thursday as $0.73 in earnings per share and $2.61 billion in revenues. Thomson Reuters had estimates of ...
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Is Mario Draghi Out Of Bullets?

The European Central Bank recently left interest rates unchanged at its most recent rate policy communication. This was on the heels of the prior cut in rates where Europe is ...
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30-Year Treasury Auction Sees Shockingly Low Auction Yield

Investors have decided that the U.S. government should only have to pay 3.074% to borrow money for its 30-year bonds in the latest long bond auction. There was also a ...
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Counter Take: Are Investors Getting Too Confident?

If you are a contrarian, you want to be cautious when everyone else is euphoric. Warren Buffett has said to be fearful when others are greedy, but be greedy when ...
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Wholesale Trade Posts Larger Than Expected Gain

Wholesale trade figures for the month of August were released by the U.S. Department of Commerce Thursday morning. The reading came out at 0.7%, beating the Bloomberg estimate of 0.3%. ...
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