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Employment, Rental markets

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for June was revised down from +248,000 to +208,000, and the change for July was revised down from +157,000 to +147,000. With these revisions, employment gains in June and July combined were 50,000 less than previously reported. Read more at Looks like the private ...Read More

Construction spending, Trade

Highlights A solid rise in residential spending offset a mixed showing for non-housing components and made for a 0.1 percent July rise in overall construction spending to barely come within Econoday’s consensus range. Residential spending rose 0.6 percent but July’s gain was entirely centered in home improvements which jumped 2.1 percent to ...Read More

Personal income, Pending home sales, Real house prices

Flattened out at modest levels of growth with no sign that the tax cuts have led to an acceleration: Pending home sales fall for seventh straight month in July Signed contracts to buy existing homes fell 0.7 percent in July compared with June, according to the National Association of Realtors’ pending home ...Read More

Trade, Redbook, Consumer Confidence, Durable goods orders, China, Architecture index, Bank loans

Larger than expected: Highlights In some of the early data coming out in this period of trade disputes, the goods deficit of the July trade report totaled a much deeper-than-expected $72.2 billion. Exports of goods fell 1.7 percent in the month to $140.0 billion showing a very steep 6.7 percent month-to-month decline ...Read More

New home sales, Existing home sales, Sea containers, Wage tracker chart

Heading lower from already depressed levels: Highlights The headline shows a decline but the message from the July new home sales report is nevertheless mostly positive. New home sales slipped 1.7 percent in the month to a 627,000 annualized rate that misses Econoday’s consensus by 22,000 and the Econoday’s low estimate by ...Read More

Retail sales, Housing starts, Philly Fed

June was revised lower, so best to hold back judgement on July until August is released. Note vehicles were revised quite a bit lower for June, with the initially reported .9 jump suspect in any case: Highlights Demand for autos has cooled but not overall retail sales which rose 0.5 percent in ...Read More

Consumer credit, Miles driven, Income revision

More Q2 weakness: Highlights Consumers credit came in below expectations, up $10.2 B in June as consumers held back from adding to their credit-card debt and even paid off some of it following a spending spree in the previous month. Revolving credit, which includes credit cards and which posted the biggest increase ...Read More

Trade, Employment, ISM, Japan swf

Larger than expected which also means q2 GDP will be revised down some: Highlights The nation’s trade deficit proved a little deeper than expected in June,, at $46.3 billion vs Econoday’s consensus for $45.6 billion. After a run of strength going back to February, exports posted a 0.7 percent decline to $213.8 ...Read More

Motor vehicle sales, Factory orders

Highlights Unit vehicle sales proved surprisingly weak in July, at a 16.8 million annualized rate vs 17.2 million in June. This is the lowest rate since August last year but it will be the comparison with June that will pull down forecasts for July’s retail sales report. Vehicles were a valuable contributor ...Read More

Vehicle sales, Mtg purchase applications, Construction spending, Payrolls, Tesla

A lot worse than expected as sales are clearly going south: U.S. Light Vehicle Sales decrease to 16.7 million annual rate in July Read more at Highlights Purchase applications for home mortgages fell a seasonally adjusted 3 percent in the July 27 week, posting the third weekly decline in a row, ...Read More