Manufacturing Activity Continues to Expand, Raw Material Prices Up 4.4%

According to the ISM, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January, and the overall economy grew for the 105th consecutive month. read more

Wells Fargo Survey: Small Business Optimism Hits 11-year High

According to findings from the latest Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, small business owners entered the new year feeling the most optimistic since early 2007. read more

Durable Goods Orders Rise 2.9% in December

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, new orders for manufactured durable goods in December increased $7.0 billion, or 2.9%, to $249.4 billion. read more

Economic Optimism Fuels 2018 Middle Market Deal-Making Environment

Interest among middle market companies in both buying and selling has increased significantly in the past year, according to the seventh annual Citizens Commercial Banking Middle Market M&A Outlook. read more

PayNet: U.S. Small Business Lending Builds Momentum

According to PayNet, small business lending expanded in November 2017 with 11 of 18 sectors reporting a lending increase over the past 12 months. read more

New Orders, Shipments & Inventories Continue Climb

The U.S. Census Bureau reported new orders, shipments and inventories continued to climb in November. read more

Non-Manufacturing Sector Grows at Slower Rate in December

The Institute for Supply Management reported that economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in December for the 96th consecutive month. read more

Manufacturing Activity Expands in December, New Orders Index Nears 70%

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December, and the overall economy grew for the 103rd consecutive month, the Institute for Supply Management reported. read more

Transportation Equipment Drives November New Orders Increase

The U.S. Census Bureau announced new orders for manufactured durable goods in November were up $3.1 billion driven by transportation equipment, up 4.2% to $80.9 billion. read more

Conference Board: Future Business Conditions Remain High

According to a Conference Board Survey, expectations for future business conditions remain relatively high, despite a drop in consumer confidence. read more

Real U.S. GDP Up 3.3% in Q3/17

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 3.3% in Q3/17 according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. read more

Fannie Mae Outlook Projects ‘Cheerful’ End to 2017 for Economy

According to the Fannie Mae Economic & Strategic Research Group’s December 2017 outlook, business equipment investment, in particular, grew at its fastest pace in three years during the third quarter. read more

Fed Opts to Raise Federal Funds Rate

The Federal Open Market Committee raised the target range for the federal funds rate from 1.25% to 1.5%. read more

ISM: Economic Growth to Continue in 2018

The ISM’s December 2017 Semiannual Economic Forecast Economic predicts that growth in the U.S. will continue in 2018. read more

Jobless Rate Holds at 4.1%; Payrolls Rise in November

Bloomberg reported an increase of 228,000 in payrolls in November, a reading which surpassed the predicted 195,000. In addition, the jobless rate was at its lowest level since 2000, sitting at 4.1%. read more

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