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consumer sentiment2 041621 After reporting a substantial rebound in U.S. consumer sentiment in the previous month, the University of Michigan released a report on Friday showing sentiment has continued to improve in April but by much less than anticipated.

housing starts2 041621 A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed a substantial rebound in new residential construction in the U.S. in the month of March. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 19.4 percent to an annual rate of 1.739 million in March after plunging by 11.3 percent to a revised rate of 1.457 million in February.

A report released by the Commerce Department on Friday showed a substantial rebound in new residential construction in the U.S. in the month of March.

nahb 041521 Reflecting strong buyer demand, the National Association of Home Builders released a report on Thursday showing a modest increase in U.S. homebuilder confidence in the month of April. The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index inched up to 83 in April after dipping to 82 in March, matching economist estimates.

business inventories2 041521 Business inventories in the U.S. increased in line with economist estimates in the month of February, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said business inventories climbed by 0.5 percent in February after rising by an upwardly revised 0.4 percent in January.

industrial production1 041521 After reporting a sharp pullback in U.S. industrial production in the previous month, the Federal Reserve released a report on Thursday showing production rebounded in the month of March. The Fed said industrial production jumped by 1.4 percent in March after plunging by a downwardly revised 2.6 percent in February.

empire state manufacturing 041521 New York manufacturing activity grew strongly in the month of April, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York revealed in a report on Thursday. The New York Fed said its general business conditions index climbed to 26.3 in April from 17.4 in March, with a positive reading indicating growth in regional manufacturing activity. Economists had expected the index to inch up to 19.5.

philly fed 041521 A report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed an unexpected acceleration in the pace of growth in regional manufacturing activity in the month of April. The Philly Fed said its index for current manufacturing activity rose to 50.2 in April from a downwardly revised 44.5 in March, with a positive reading indicating growth.

retail sales 041521 Retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday. The Commerce Department said retail sales skyrocketed by 9.8 percent in March after tumbling by a revised 2.7 percent in February.

jobless claims2 041421 A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits pulled back by much more than anticipated in the week ended April 10th, falling to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic.

Separate reports released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday showed faster growth in regional manufacturing activity in the month of April.

Retail sales in the U.S. spiked by much more than expected in the month of March, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday.

A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits pulled back by much more than anticipated in the week ended April 10th.

Philly Fed Index Rises To 50.2 In April

eccles building 110818 14apr21 Economic activity in the U.S. accelerated to a moderate pace from late February to early April, according to the Federal Reserve's Beige Book. The Beige Book, a compilation of anecdotal evidence on economic conditions in each of the twelve Fed districts, highlighted improvement in a variety of areas, including consumer spending, auto sales and manufacturing activity.

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