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ChicagoPMI-103114.jpg Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday. MNI Indicators said its Chicago business barometer jumped to 66.2 in October from 60.5 in September.

Shopping-103114.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. improved by more than previously estimated in the month of October, according to a report released by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan on Friday. The report said the final reading on the consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.9 compared to the mid-month reading of 86.4.

Business activity in the Chicago area unexpectedly increased at a notably faster rate in the month of October, according to a report released by MNI Indicators on Friday.

PersonalIncome-103114.jpg Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

Personal spending in the U.S. unexpectedly decreased in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Friday, with the drop in spending accompanied by weaker than expected personal income growth.

GDPChart-103014.jpg U.S. economic activity increased by more than expected in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said GDP increased by 3.5 percent in the third quarter compared to 3.0 percent growth expected by economists.

JoblessClaims-103014.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits saw a modest increase in the week ended October 25th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims edged up to 287,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level of 284,000.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits saw a modest increase in the week ended October 25th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

U.S. economic activity increased by more than expected in the third quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.

FederalReserve-102914.jpg As expected, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced its final round of quantitative easing, slashing purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-back securities to zero from $15 billion. Policy makers repeated their pledge to keep interest rates around their record lows for "a considerable time," but...

consumerconfidence-102814.jpg After reporting a sharp pullback in U.S. consumer confidence in the previous month, the Conference Board released a report on Tuesday showing a significant rebound in consumer confidence in the month of October.

After reporting a sharp pullback in U.S. consumer confidence in the previous month, the Conference Board released a report on Tuesday showing a significant rebound in consumer confidence in the month of October.

homesales-030411_28Oct14.jpg Home prices in major U.S. metropolitan areas increased at a notably slower pace in the month of August, according to a report released by Standard & Poor's on Tuesday.

Durablegoods-102814.jpg New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods unexpectedly showed a notable decrease in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday, with orders extending the steep drop seen in August.

New orders for U.S. manufactured durable goods unexpectedly showed a notable decrease in the month of September, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Tuesday, with orders extending the steep drop seen in August.