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US Business Inventories Improve, Continue Positive US Data Today

Business Inventories:    Survey:  0.5%      Actual: 0.7%    Prior: 0.4%

Jan. 12 vs. Dec. 11
Business Inventories Breakdown:

Retail Inventories:   1.1% vs  0.5%
Ex-Autos:   0.4% vs. 0.4%
Motor Vehicles:   2.6% vs. 0.6%
Furniture:   0.4% vs. 0.3%
Building Material:   1.1% vs  -0.4%
Food & Beverage:   0.4% vs  0.4%
Clothing:   0.8% vs 0.0%
General Merchandise:   0.3% vs  1.6%
Dept. Stores:  -1.1% vs 1.6%

IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism:     Survey: 48.6      Actual:  49.4     Prior: 47.5

US Retail Sales Figures Prove Positive

Advance Retail Sales:  Survey:  1.1%   Actual: 1.1%   Prior:   0.4%    Revised:   0.6%

Retail Sales Less Autos:  Survey:  0.7%    Actual:  0.9%     Prior:  0.7%   Revised: 1.1%   

Retail Sales Ex Autos & Gas:   Survey:  0.5%    Actual:  0.6%   Prior: 0.6% Revised: 1.0%

Canada Unemployment Falls to 7.4%

Canada Unemployment  Falls to 7.4%

Change in Employment – Survey: 15.0K   Actual: -2.8K   Prior: 2.3K

  • Unemployment Rate – Survey: 7.6%   Actual: 7.4%   Prior: 7.6%

Canada Housing Starts Improve to 201.1K

Canada Housing Starts Improve

Canada Housing Starts:   Survey: 200.0K   Actual: 201.1K  Prior: 197.9K  

USD/CAD stays flat on the news.

 

ADP Employment Stays According to Forecast

ADP Employment Stays According to Forecast

Employment in the US has risen to 216K from a prior number of 170K and a survey of 215K. Revision was stronger coming in at 173K

Feb 2012 vs. Jan 2012
ADP Employment: 110,249 vs 110,033
Level Change: 216 vs 173 
Prev Change: n/a vs 170

ISM’s Nieves on the Wires

ISM’s Nieves on the Wires

Says:

  • Growth is ‘pretty strong’
  • Price increases are a concern for outlook
  • Rise in fuel prices may lead to cost cutting
  • Members not yet saying costs impeding growth
  • Jobs outlook ‘still a little bit mixed’

 

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