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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Survey

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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Survey

From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Jolted Higher, Relatively Mortgage rates finally had a bad day, but everything’s relative.  This sort of bad day leaves the average lender quoting rates that would have been the best of 2017 any other time before last week.  It’s only when compared to last week that...
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AIA: Architecture Billings Index indicates “small gain” in November

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AIA: Architecture Billings Index indicates “small gain” in November

Note: This index is a leading indicator primarily for new Commercial Real Estate (CRE) investment. From the AIA: Architecture Billings Index ekes out another small gain Coming off a modest increase after two consecutive months of contraction, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded another small increase in demand for design services. As a leading...
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NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index increases in November

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NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index increases in November

From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): Small Business Optimism Soars Post Election The full November index, calculated as it is every month, improved 3.5 points to 98.4, which is just above the 42-year average and only the third time since 2007 that it has broken into above average territory. Plans to hire...
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Tuesday: Small Business Confidence, Job Openings

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Tuesday: Small Business Confidence, Job Openings

From the Boston Globe: Gasoline prices slide even lower in Mass. Gasoline prices fell for the ninth consecutive week in Massachusetts, tumbling to an average of .77 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA Northeast. …It remains unclear whether prices have hit rock-bottom, as crude oil and gasoline inventories remain high. Last year around...
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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Optimism

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Tuesday: Job Openings, Small Business Optimism

From Jon Hilsenrath at the WSJ: Fed Aims to Signal Shift on Low Rates Federal Reserve officials are seriously considering an important shift in tone at their policy meeting next week: dropping an assurance that short-term interest rates will stay near zero for a “considerable time” as they look more confidently toward rate increases...
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Wednesday: Small Business Optimism

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Wednesday: Small Business Optimism

From the LA Times: West Coast port slowdown raises fears of dockworker strike or lockout A six-year agreement covering nearly 20,000 dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports expired July 1. The sides have been negotiating since May. In 2002, amid talks for a previous contract, employers accused the union of go-slow tactics, then locked...
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Sunday Night Futures: Taper Talk and “Small Ball” Budget Agreement

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Sunday Night Futures: Taper Talk and “Small Ball” Budget Agreement

This will be a light week for economic data, but there will be plenty of discussion about when the Fed will start to taper QE3 asset purchases. From Binyamin Appelbaum at the NY Times: Fed’s Plan to Taper Stimulus Effort Not Expected Until Next Year Federal Reserve officials are in no hurry to retreat...
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Tuesday: Small Business Optimism Index (or more likely Pessimism)

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Tuesday: Small Business Optimism Index (or more likely Pessimism)

Trom the NY Times: Skeptics See Euro as Working Against European Unity he big worry lately is the specter of deflation, a doom loop of falling prices, wages and profits that, once under way, is a tailspin hard to pull out of. The fear of years of stagnation was the main impetus for the...
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Tuesday: Small Business Optimism, DELAYED: Trade Deficit, Job Openings

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Tuesday: Small Business Optimism, DELAYED: Trade Deficit, Job Openings

There are now deniers who claim there will not be serious economic damage if the country doesn’t pay the bills (aka raise the ”debt ceiling”).   That is crazy talk.  It would probably take a few weeks before the economy completely tanked – but it would tank. Interesting – it seems the “debt ceiling” deniers (like Larry...
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NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index increases slightly in January, Still very low

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NFIB: Small Business Optimism Index increases slightly in January, Still very low

From the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB): Small-Business Owner Confidence Barely Budges Small-business owner confidence continues to drag, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index. The Index gained 0.9 points, rising to 88.9, failing to regain the losses caused by last month’s “fiscal cliff” scare. Expectations for...
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