Banks and the Economy

New Orders Decreased in May

New orders for manufactured goods fell 0.1 percent in May to $470.5 billion, the Commerce Department said today. The decline followed a 0.7 percent rise the month before. Shipments were down 0.1 percent, landing at $482.1 billion. Inventories were $649.7 billion, virtually unchanged.

Read More »

ISM Manufacturing Index Reports Solid Growth for June

The ISM Manufacturing Index rose to 53.5 points in June, tying the highest reading of the year. Index readings above 50 indicate expansion in the manufacturing economy. Of the 18 component industries, 11 reported growth, down from 14 in May. Some respondents noted that a downturn in oil and gas markets is impacting demand, while others noted that business is soft in Europe and declining in Asia.

Read More »

Construction Spending Increased in May

Construction spending increased 0.8 percent in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of $1,035.8 billion. April spending was revised up from $1,006.1 billion to $1,027.0 billion. Construction spending during the first five months of 2015 amounted to $382.1 billion, 5.9 percent higher than in the first 5 months of 2014.

Read More »

ADP: Private Sector Added 237,000 Jobs in June

According to the ADP National Employment report, the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, as both the goods-producing and service-providing sectors experienced increased job growth. The June report upwardly revised the May and April headline numbers by 2,000 and 14,000 respectively.

Read More »

Home Prices Increased in April

The 20-City Case-Schiller Composite gained 4.9 percent year-over-year in April, slightly lower than March’s gain of 5 percent. The 10-City Composite gained 4.6 percent in April from the previous year, down from the 4.7 percent year-over-year gain in March.

Read More »

Income and Expenditures Increases in May

Personal income increased $79 billion, or 0.5 percent, in May according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the same pace as the previous month. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $105.9 billion, or 0.9 percent, in May after increasing only 0.1 percent in April.

Read More »