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leading-indicator-index-012320.jpg Reflecting large negative contributions from rising unemployment insurance claims and a drop in housing permits, the Conference Board released a report on Thursday showing a slightly bigger than expected decrease by its index of leading U.S. economic indicators.

jobless-claims-012320.jpg First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest increase in the week ended January 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday. The report said initial jobless claims rose to 211,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's revised level of 205,000.

First-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits showed a modest increase in the week ended January 18th, according to a report released by the Labor Department on Thursday.

existing-homesales-012220.jpg After reporting a notable decrease in U.S. existing home sales in the previous month, the National Association of Realtors released a report on Wednesday showing existing home sales rebounded by much more than anticipated in the month of December. NAR said existing home sales spiked by 3.6 percent to an annual rate of 5.54 million in December.

imf-040919_20jan20.jpg The International Monetary Fund on Monday cut the global growth forecasts for this year and next, mainly due to the weaker-than-expected expansion in India. Global growth for this year is projected at 3.3 percent, which is 0.1 percentage point less than the forecast made in October, the international lender said in the latest update to its World Economic Outlook.

consumer-010319_17jan20.jpg A report released by the University of Michigan on Friday showed a slight deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of January. Preliminary data showed the consumer sentiment index edged down to 99.1 in January from the final December reading of 99.3. Economists had expected the index to come in unchanged.

industrialproduction-011720.jpg With utilities output plummeting amid a slump in demand for heating, the Federal Reserve released a report on Friday showing a modest pullback in U.S. industrial production in the month of December. The Fed said industrial production fell by 0.3 percent in December after climbing by a downwardly revised 0.8 percent in November.

homeconstruction-011720.jpg After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December.

After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December.

business-inventories-011620.jpg A report released by the Commerce Department on Thursday showed a slightly bigger than expected decrease in U.S. business inventories in the month of November. The Commerce Department said business inventories dipped by 0.2 percent in November after inching up by a revised 0.1 percent in October.

nahb-011619.jpg After reporting an unexpected spike in U.S. homebuilder confidence in the previous month, the National Association of Home Builders released a report on Thursday showing a slight pullback in homebuilder confidence in the month of January. The report said the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index edged down to 75 in January after jumping to 76 in December.

import-export-011620.jpg Import prices in the U.S. increased in line with economist estimates in the month of December, the Labor Department revealed in a report released on Thursday. The report said import prices climbed by 0.3 percent in December after inching up by a revised 0.1 percent in November.

philadelphiafed-011620.jpg Growth in Philadelphia-area manufacturing activity showed a substantial acceleration in the month of January, according to a report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia on Thursday. The Philly Fed said its diffusion index for current general activity spiked to 17.0 in January from an upwardly revised 2.4 in December.

retail-sales-011620.jpg With a sharp pullback in auto sales more than offset by strength in other areas, the Commerce Department released a report on Thursday showing U.S. retail sales rose in line with economist estimates in the month of December. The Commerce Department said retail sales climbed by 0.3 percent in December, matching the upwardly revised increase in November.

jobless-claims2-011620.jpg A report released by the Labor Department on Thursday showed first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly decreased in the week ended January 11th. The report said initial jobless claims fell to 204,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 214,000. The drop came as a surprise to economists, who had expected jobless claims to inch up to 216,000.

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