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Apr 24, 2019

United States: Business Employment Dynamics


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Apr 19, 2019

United States: Industry GDP


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Apr 17, 2019

United States: Wholesale Trade (MWTR)


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Apr 15, 2019

Canada: New Motor Vehicle Sales
New-vehicle sales are improving heading into the important spring sales season. Unit sales of new automobiles increased from 111,917 to 124,058 in February on an unadjusted basis. The monthly gain narrowed the year-over-year decline from 6.9% to 3.3%. In dollar terms, new-vehicle sales have fallen only slightly from a year earlier, down 0.2%. Positive results for the truck segment are offsetting steep losses in passenger vehicle sales.

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Apr 12, 2019

Canada: RPS House Price Index


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Apr 11, 2019

United States: CreditForecast.com Household Credit Report
For the first time in 12 months, U.S. household borrowing experienced a decrease in balances. Every lending category except first mortgage and student loans contracted in March. Bankcard and retail cards both continued their seasonal decrease this month. Total dollar delinquency rate declined by 0.18% to 2.44% while write-offs and bankruptcies maintained at 0.1%.

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Apr 11, 2019

Canada: New Housing Price Index


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Apr 11, 2019

United States: Producer Price Index


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Apr 10, 2019

United States: Treasury Budget
The federal government has incurred a cumulative budget deficit of $691.2 billion in the first half of fiscal 2019, compared with $599.7 billion over the same period last fiscal year. The federal government ran a budget deficit of $146.9 billion in March, less than the $208.7 billion shortfall in March 2018. Federal revenues increased by 8.5% on a year-ago basis to $228.8 billion thanks to gains in individual income and employment taxes. Meanwhile, spending fell by 10.4% to $375.8 billion because of notable year-over-year declines in Medicare, Veterans Affairs and income security expenditures.

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Apr 10, 2019

United States: Consumer Price Index
The March consumer price index won't cause the Federal Reserve to be less dovish, but it does suggest that the bond market's increased bets on a rate cut late this year or early next are premature and overdone. The CPI increased 0.4% in March, compared with 0.2% in February. The increase was in line with our forecast and driven by higher energy prices. The CPI for energy was up 3.5% following a 0.4% gain in February. Food prices were up 0.3%, in line with the average increase over the prior three months. The core CPI came in light, rising 0.1%. There was a sizable drop in apparel prices, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics incorporated new source data. On a year-ago basis, the headline and core CPIs were up 1.9% and 2%, respectively.

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Apr 10, 2019

United States: MBA Mortgage Applications Survey
The top-line market index fell 5.6% in the week ending April 5. This contraction relative to the previous week was entirely due to refinancing activity falling back to Earth. The four-week moving averages for purchasing and refinancing were positive and showed the strongest gains since early February despite the fall in the top-line number. Purchase applications have risen 10.6% over the past four weeks—the fourth consecutive gain in the moving average. Refinancing applications have increased 30.8% over the same period, with positive base effects helping build on the previous week's 22.6% gain in the average. In terms of one-week changes, the purchases index moved up 0.5% while the refinancing index dropped 11.4%.

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Apr 10, 2019

World: Moody's Analytics Global CPI
Higher energy prices boosted global inflation in March, but the monetary implications for central banks in developed economies are not significant. Energy prices normally have a transitory effect on inflation in developed economies, and therefore the dovish shift by many central banks is unlikely to change soon. Our global CPI rose 0.5% in March following a 0.3% increase in each of the prior two months. The CPI in developed economies was up 0.3% in March following a 0.2% gain in February. The CPI in developing economies increased 0.6% after rising 0.4% in each of the prior two months. On a year-ago basis, the global CPI was up 5.2% in March, the strongest since October.

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Apr 09, 2019

United States: Moody's Analytics Policy Uncertainty Index
The four-week moving average in our U.S. policy uncertainty index hasn't budged recently, as it came in at 128.9 in the week ended April 5. Still, policy uncertainty remains higher than normal. Fiscal policy is boosting uncertainty, but there is more uncertainty surrounding monetary policy. Financial markets have significantly repriced expectations given the past tightening in financial market conditions. Fed funds futures markets are betting on a rate cut late this year or early next.

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Apr 09, 2019

United States: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey


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Apr 09, 2019

United States: NFIB Small Business Survey
The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index inched higher in March, rising from 101.7 to 101.8, still among the lowest since November 2016. The details were a little better than in February. Hiring plans edged higher but remain below that seen toward the end of last year. Plans to raise worker compensation also increased in March, consistent with other evidence that suggests some further, but gradual, acceleration in nominal wage growth. Expectations for the economy to improve were unchanged in March. All told, small-business confidence held up better than some of the other measures of business sentiment we closely track. Business sentiment should improve, as financial market conditions have eased, and we look for growth to accelerate.

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Apr 08, 2019

Canada: Building Permits


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Apr 08, 2019

OECD: Composite Leading Indicators
Global economic growth is slowing, but we are not signaling warning bells just yet. The composite leading indicator for OECD countries continued its slide, declining from a revised 99.2 in January (previously 99.1) to 99.1 in February. The U.S. headline index likewise slipped, dropping from 99.2 to 99.1 over the month. The euro zone similarly weakened, with Germany dropping 0.2 point to 99.2. Among developing economies, Mexico and Brazil logged steady increases, while China, India and Russia were unchanged.

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Apr 05, 2019

United States: Consumer Credit (G19)


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Apr 04, 2019

Canada: Purchasing Managers' Index


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Apr 03, 2019

United States: ISM Nonmanufacturing Index


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Apr 02, 2019

United States: CoreLogic Home Price Index


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Apr 02, 2019

United States: Vehicle Sales - AutoData


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Apr 01, 2019

United States: ISM Manufacturing Index


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Mar 31, 2019

United States: Risk of Recession


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Mar 27, 2019

Canada: International Merchandise Trade
The first increase in exports since July 2018 drove a decline in Canada's merchandise trade deficit. Exports increased by 2.9% in January, and imports rose by 1.5%. As a result, the merchandise trade deficit narrowed to C$4.2 billion from C$4.8 billion December.

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Mar 19, 2019

United States: Factory Orders (M3)


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Mar 08, 2019

United States: Employment Situation


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Mar 07, 2019

United States: Financial Accounts - Households


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Mar 07, 2019

United States: Financial Accounts - Nonfinancial Corporate


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Mar 07, 2019

United States: Moody's Analytics Beige Book Index


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Mar 07, 2019

United States: Challenger Report


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Mar 06, 2019

United States: Beige Book


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Mar 06, 2019

Canada: Monetary Policy


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Mar 06, 2019

United States: International Trade (FT900)
The nominal trade deficit widened to its highest level in a decade in December as the softening global economy and ongoing trade war took a toll. Net exports fell $9.5 billion from November, placing the goods and services deficit at $59.8 billion. The goods deficit increased $9 billion, while the services surplus declined $483 million. Total nominal exports fell 1.9% from November, while total nominal imports increased 2.1%.

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Mar 06, 2019

United States: ADP National Employment Report


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Mar 04, 2019

United States: Construction Spending (C30)
U.S. construction spending declined 0.6% in December, falling well below the consensus estimate of a 0.2% increase. Residential spending drove the decrease in total construction spending, falling 1.4%. Total public construction also fell 0.6%. Of the largest components, public spending decreased the most in healthcare, highway and street, and sewage and waste disposal construction. Private construction spending also decreased by 0.6% but finished the year up 0.8%. Despite the pullback, total construction spending remains elevated and is 1.6% higher than its December 2017 level.

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Mar 04, 2019

United States: ISM - NY Report
Despite a sixth consecutive decline in the top-line current business conditions index, New York City purchasing managers provided plenty of reason for hope in February. Although the current conditions index in the ISM-New York Report on Business fell from 63.4 to 61.1, its components generally moved in a positive direction, with demand and labor indicators rising and growth in prices paid slowing. The six-month outlook surged back to its fall 2018 levels in rising more than 13 points to 71.5, but expected demand cooled a bit.

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Mar 01, 2019

United States: University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey


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Mar 01, 2019

United States: PCE Deflator
U.S. inflation continues to flirt with the Federal Reserve's 2% objective but this isn't sufficient to quiet the central bank's dovish tone. Inflation will need to accelerate and inflation expectations move higher for the Fed to considering raising interest rates and this is unlikely to occur soon. The headline PCE deflator rose 0.1% in December, a little stronger than our forecast. Excluding food and energy, the PCE deflator was up 0.2%, in line with our forecast. On a year-ago basis, the headline and core PCE deflators rose 1.7% and 1.9%, respectively. Overall, we see the risks of inflation falling below the Fed's objective in the first half of next year as high. Therefore, our subjective odds for a rate hike in the first half of this year has fallen recently.

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Mar 01, 2019

United States: Personal Income


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Mar 01, 2019

United States: Personal Spending


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Mar 01, 2019

Canada: Industry Output
Canadian GDP took another small step back in December. GDP dipped 0.1% in December, following an identical decline in the previous month. Output fell in 13 of 20 industries. Goods producers fell 0.7%, while services producers ticked 0.2% higher.

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Feb 28, 2019

United States: Agricultural Prices
The agricultural prices received index started the year off on the wrong foot, falling 4.5% in January due to a sharp decline in the crop production index. At 84.9, the prices received index is down 0.7% from a year earlier. The crop production index declined 10.8% in January and is down 1.7% from a year earlier. The livestock production index increased 6.4%, putting it 3.6% above the level in January 2018.

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Feb 28, 2019

United States: Kansas City Fed Manufacturing Survey


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Feb 28, 2019

United States: Housing Vacancies & Homeownership
The homeownership rate continues to move up, coming in at 64.8% in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with 64.4% in the third quarter. Although quarterly changes have generally not been statistically significant, the underlying trend over the last two years has been a clear recovery from the historical decline that occurred in the decade through 2016. The rental vacancy rate ticked down to 6.6% from 7.1% in the third quarter, and the homeowner vacancy rate ticked down to 1.5% from 1.6%.

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Feb 28, 2019

United States: GDP


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Feb 28, 2019

Canada: Industrial Product and Raw Materials Price Indexes
The industrial product price index fell in January for a third consecutive month. The index was 0.3% lower, mainly because of lower prices for energy and petroleum products. Of the 21 major commodity groups, 12 were lower. The raw materials price index rose 3.8%, driven largely by crude energy product prices.

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Feb 27, 2019

United States: Pending Home Sales


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Feb 27, 2019

United States: Advance Wholesale and Retail Inventories
Stockpiles expanded at the end of the fourth quarter. According to the advance estimate, wholesale stockpiles rose 1.1% in December after a revised 0.4% gain in November. Retailers advanced 0.9% following a 0.4% decline in November. Auto inventories rose 0.7%, while retailers excluding autos rose 1%.

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Feb 27, 2019

United States: International Trade in Goods - Advanced


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Feb 26, 2019

United States: Conference Board Consumer Confidence
Consumer confidence rebounded in February, rising to 131.4, a three-month high, gaining 9.7 points over the January report on top of a 1.5-point upward revision. Present conditions were viewed more favorably, gaining 3.3 points over a modest upward revision, improving to 173.5, a post-2000 record. Consumers also shook off the pessimism in expectations, with that index rising 14 points after last month's drop, rising to 103.4.

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Feb 26, 2019

United States: S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller® Home Price Indexes
Existing-home price appreciation slowed in the three months to December compared with the same period in November, reinforcing the decelerating trend that has been ongoing since spring 2018. Year-ago growth in the 20-city composite index fell to 4.2% in December, down from 4.6% in November. Year-ago growth in the 10-city composite index decreased to 3.8% in the three months ending in December, down from 4.2% in the three months to November. Growth in the national house price index dropped to 4.7% in December, below the 5.1% pace of appreciation in November.

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Feb 25, 2019

United States: Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey
Texas factory activity continued to rise in February. Although the pace of current production decelerated, respondents' outlooks for both their own companies and the economy as a whole brightened. Uncertainty over near-term prospects diminished significantly. Expectations for growth six months from now remained optimistic.

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Feb 21, 2019

United States: Durable Goods (Advance)


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Feb 15, 2019

United States: MBA Delinquency Rates


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Feb 12, 2019

United States: NAR Metro Prices


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Jan 31, 2019

United States: New-Home Sales
New single-family home sales jumped up in November, increasing 16.9% on a monthly basis. Sales came in well above Moody's Analytics and consensus forecast expectations. Even so, totals are still 7.7% below year-ago levels. Sales increased in all census regions but the West in November. Additionally, the median new-home price fell this month and remains well below year-ago levels.

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Jan 30, 2019

Canada: Earnings, Hours and Employment
The Canadian labor market improved slightly in November. Average weekly earnings of nonfarm employees rose 0.3% to C$1,012, and year-ago growth slowed to 2%. The number of nonfarm employees rose 8,600 from October. The average workweek ticked up to 32.8 hours.

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Jan 23, 2019

United States: Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey


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Jan 23, 2019

United States: FHFA Purchase-Only House Price Index


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Jan 22, 2019

United States: Existing-Home Sales


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Jan 21, 2019

United States: Bankruptcy Filings


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Jan 18, 2019

United States: Regional and State Employment


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Jan 17, 2019

United States: Median usual weekly earnings


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Jan 11, 2019

United States: California Manufacturing Survey
The California Composite Index, measuring overall manufacturing activity, decreased from 65 in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 61.2 in the first quarter of 2019. California manufacturers are still expecting economic expansion, but at a slowing rate. The production, employment, new orders and commodity price components all decreased in the first quarter.

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Jan 09, 2019

Canada: Housing Starts


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Jan 08, 2019

United States: Financial Obligations Ratio
Household financial burdens are low and inching lower. The financial obligations ratio fell 3 basis points to 15.29% in the third quarter. It was down 21 basis points over the preceding year, with the drop amplified by the jump in disposable income cause by tax cuts in the first quarter. The debt service ratio fell 2 basis points to 9.82% from its prior level to a record low. It is down 15 basis points over the last year. The drop came from the mortgage ratio. The consumer debt service ratio was unchanged.

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Dec 24, 2018

United States: Chicago Fed National Activity Index


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Dec 21, 2018

Canada: Retail Trade


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Dec 20, 2018

United States: Conference Board Leading Indicators


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Dec 20, 2018

Canada: Wholesale Trade


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Dec 20, 2018

United States: Philadelphia Fed Survey


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Dec 20, 2018

United States: State Personal Income


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Dec 19, 2018

Canada: Consumer Price Index


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Dec 19, 2018

United States: Current Account


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Dec 18, 2018

United States: State and Local Government Tax Revenue


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Dec 13, 2018

United States: Natural Gas Storage Report


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Dec 13, 2018

United States: St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index


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Dec 13, 2018

Canada: ADP Canada National Employment Report


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Dec 12, 2018

Canada: Industrial Capacity Utilization


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Dec 07, 2018

Canada: Labor Force Survey


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Dec 06, 2018

United States: Quarterly Services Survey


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Dec 06, 2018

United States: Productivity and Costs


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Nov 30, 2018

Canada: GDP


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Nov 29, 2018

United States: FOMC Minutes


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Nov 29, 2018

United States: Jobless Claims


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Nov 29, 2018

Canada: Balance of International Payments


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Nov 28, 2018

World: Moody's Analytics Global HPI


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Nov 27, 2018

United States: Moody's CMBS Delinquency Tracker
The Moody's CMBS Delinquency Tracker total delinquency rate declined 11 basis points to 4.24% in October. The decrease stemmed largely from the resolution of delinquent hotel loans. Improvement was broad-based since all five core property types and four regional delinquency rates fell. Meanwhile, resolutions outweighed newly delinquent loans, decreasing the balance of delinquent CMBS conduit loans.

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Nov 26, 2018

World: Moody's Analytics Survey of Business Confidence
Global business confidence slumped last week, probably due in part to a low response rate to the survey given the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. However, even abstracting from the response rate, sentiment, while still strong, has been steadily falling from the highs set early in the year. The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China and the selloff in global stock markets appear to be weighing on sentiment. This is most evident in the weakening in expectations regarding future business conditions and investment intentions.

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Nov 20, 2018

United States: New Residential Construction (C20)


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Nov 19, 2018

United States: NAHB Housing Market Index


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Nov 19, 2018

United States: Internet Sales (E-Commerce Sales)


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Nov 16, 2018

United States: Treasury International Capital Flows


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Nov 16, 2018

United States: Industrial Production


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Nov 16, 2018

Canada: International Transactions in Securities


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Nov 16, 2018

Canada: Survey of Manufacturing


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Nov 15, 2018

United States: Oil Inventories


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Nov 15, 2018

United States: Business Inventories (MTIS)


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Nov 15, 2018

United States: Retail Sales


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