New durable goods order increases by 1.7% in February to slightly beat the median forecast by 0.2%, while shipments surged 1% after losing 0.3% in January.
The Commerce Department said new home sales surged 6.1% higher in February to a 592,000 annualized rate, easily beating the median economic forecast.
The Labor Department said weekly jobless claims rose more than expected for the week ending March 18, but signs indicate a strong jobs report for March.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) fell in February after starting the year at a decade-high pace, though it still remained above year ago levels.
The Chicago Fed National Activity Index rose to 0.34 from a revised minus 0.2 in January, bringing the 3-month average to a 2-year high at plus 0.25.
The Survey of Consumers, the University of Michigan’s closely-watched consumer sentiment gauge, has shown remarkable strength since the November election.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in a statement on Tuesday announced their support of the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
The Russian Ruble (RUBUSD) has had a nice run over the past few months, surging from its low of around 80 (RUB) ⇨ US Dollar ($) to a recent 58 handle.
The Commerce Department said Thursday import prices in February rose 0.2%, meeting the median economic forecast, but underlying inflation pressures remain.
Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index set a new record high last week soaring to +16, while the current conditions component set a record monthly high.