Banks and the Economy

ISM: Non-Manufacturing Index Grew in September

The Non-Manufacturing ISM Report on Business Index rose to 59.1 in October, up 2.2 points from September’s reading. Readings above 50 indicate growth in the sector. Fourteen non-manufacturing industries reported growth in October, while only the mining industry reported contraction. The Business Activity Index increased 2.8 points to 63.0, marking the 75th consecutive month of growth in business activity. Respondents ...

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U.S. Foreign Trade Deficit Narrowed in September

The U.S. international trade deficit narrowed in September to $40.8 billion, down $7.2 billion from August. The decrease in the deficit reflected an increase in exports and a decrease in imports. September exports were $187.9 billion, up $3.0 billion on the month, while imports fell $4.2 billion to $228.7 billion. The goods deficit fell $7.3 billion to $60.3 billion, while ...

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ADP: 182,000 Jobs Added in October

According to the ADP National Employment Report, the non-farm private sector added 182,000 jobs in October, down from 190,000 in September. The goods-producing sector saw faster job growth for the month, while the pace of growth in the service-providing sector slowed. “Job growth as measured by the ADP Research Institute is not slowing meaningfully in contrast with the recent slowdown ...

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Manufactured Goods Orders Down 1.0 Percent in September

New orders for manufactured goods fell in September for the second consecutive month, falling 1.0 percent to $466.3 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New orders excluding transportation fell 0.6 percent to $391.0. New orders for manufactured durable goods fell 1.2 percent to $231.2 billion, after falling 2.9 percent in August. New orders for transportation equipment led the decrease, ...

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C&I Lending Standards Little Changed as Demand Flattens

Over the past three months, banks reported easing lending standards and weaker demand for a variety of home loan types. Lending standards for C&I and CRE loans were largely unchanged as demand remained flat in the third quarter, according to the October Federal Reserve Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey. Although the majority of banks did not change their lending standards, ...

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October ISM Manufacturing Index Reports Softer Growth

The ISM Manufacturing Index fell to 50.1 points in October – down 0.1 point from September’s reading. However, the manufacturing industry is still growing, as readings above 50 indicate expansion. Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 7 reported growth in September, consistent with October. Survey respondents expressed concern about currency exchanges causing an impact on their bottom line, but also expressed ...

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Construction Spending Rose 0.6 Percent in September

Construction spending grew 0.6 percent in September to $1,094.2 billion (SAAR). August’s spending estimate was revised up slightly to $1.087.5 billion (0.7 percent growth). Construction spending during the first 9 months of 2015 amounted to $786.6 billion, 10.5 percent higher than in the first 9 months of 2014. Total private construction spending rose to $794.2 billion (SAAR), 0.6 percent above ...

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Consumer Sentiment Improved in October

Consumer confidence rose to 90.0 in October, up 2.8 points from the previous month according to the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index. The headline index in October is lower than the average level for 2015 so far (93.1). “The entire October rebound from September was due to gains in confidence among lower income households, while confidence among households with ...

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Personal Income and Consumption Slow in September

Personal income increased $18.6 billion, or 0.1 percent, in September, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, down from a 0.4 percent increase in August. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $15.6 billion, or 0.1 percent, below August’s 0.4 percent increase. Disposable personal income – personal income less taxes – increased 0.1 percent after gaining 0.4 percent in August. The personal ...

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