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The Markets in a Minute - February 10

For the Week Ending February 10, 2017 Gallup reports its Economic Confidence Index hit a new high in January, reaching its highest monthly average in 9 years. The labor market continues to show strength, with jobless claims hitting a 43-year low this week and a strong showing for non-farm payrolls last week.Despite the strong economy, inflation is still lagging. As long as inflation remains low, there's less pressure for rates to rise. The positive economic sentiment by Americans is trickling over to housing market attitudes. Over 29% of those surveyed said it was a good tim...

February 9th, 2017 The Markets in a Minute - February 10

The Markets in a Minute - February 3

For the Week Ending February 3, 2017 The Fed concluded the most recent FOMC meeting and announced there would be no policy rate increases. The next FOMC meeting is scheduled for March 14/15.Economic activity in manufacturing expanded in January, surpassing economists' expectations. Manufacturers grew at the fastest pace in more than 2 years.The Consumer Confidence Index dropped in January after reaching a 15-year high in December. Despite the slight drop, consumers remain confident overall. Construction spending was down slightly overall in December. However, spending on resident...

February 3rd, 2017 The Markets in a Minute - February 3