Economy

Bloomberg: Oil Investor Optimism Soars After OPEC Deal

Bloomberg reported that OPEC’s decision to cut crude production caused oil investor optimism to rise to the highest level seen since the beginning of the slump. read more

Federal Reserve Raises Benchmark Rate

The Federal Open Market Committee voted to raise the target range for federal funds rate a quarter of a percentage point with three more increases inked in for 2017. read more

Balboa Survey: 58% of Small Business Owners Expect Q4/16 Revenue Increase

Strong revenue, confidence in the economy and plans to invest and expand business operations highlight results of Balboa Capital’s Q3/16 small business owner survey. read more

ISM: Economic Growth to Continue in 2017

Economic growth in the U.S. will continue in 2017 according to a forecast released by the Business Survey Committee of the Institute for Supply Management. read more

Beige Book: Economy Continues to Expand As Demand for Credit Varies

According to the most recent Beige Book from the Federal Reserve, the economy continued to expand across most reporting regions from early October through mid-November. read more

Reuters: October Small Business Delinquencies Highest in Four Years

Reuters reported that October small business lending dropped to lowest point recorded since January while delinquencies rose to the highest level in four years. read more

New Orders, Production Increases Power November Manufacturing Expansion

According to the ISM, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in November, as new orders improved by 0.9% and production increased by 1.4%. read more

Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.6% in November

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6% in November, and total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. read more

Non-Manufacturing Activity Continues to Grow in November

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in November for the 82nd consecutive month, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. read more

Durable Goods Orders Increase in October for Fourth Straight Month

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October increased $11.0 billion or 4.8% to $239.4 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. read more

ISM Reports Manufacturing Sector Growth in October

According to the latest ISM Report on Business, economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October, and the overall economy grew for the 89th consecutive month. read more

ISM Reports Non-Manufacturing Sector Growth in October

According to the ISM, despite a 2.3% drop in the NMI and declines in new orders, employment and business activity, the non-manufacturing sector grew in October for the 81st consecutive month. read more

Reuters: Small Businesses Borrow Less in September, Delinquencies Grow

According to Reuters, the Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index dropped to 128.9 in September, marking a steep decline from the 132.8 measured in August. read more

Durable Goods Orders Down $300MM in September, Shipments Increase 0.8%

New orders for manufactured durable goods in September decreased $0.3 billion to $227.93 billion, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau, while shipments increased by 0.8%. read more

Real GDP Increases 2.9% in Q3/16

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.9% in Q3/16, according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. read more

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