The Employment Report

The monthly Employment Report is the most timely and broad indicator of economic activity and overall economic health. It provides a wealth of data on almost all sectors of the economy. The report is made up of two separate reports which are the results of two separate surveys.

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Productivity and Costs

Importance: Low.Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the Department of LaborRelease: 8:30 ET around the 7th of the second month of the quarter. Data is for prior quarter.Web: This release seldom has a dramatic impact on the market due to the fact that GDP provides a reliable reflection of productivity growth.

Producer Price Index (PPI)

Importance: Moderate Volatility: Moderate Source: Bureau of Labor statistics, U.S. Department of Labor Release Time: 8:30 ET around the 11th of each month Coverage: Prior Month. Web: The Producer Price Index is the first inflation indicator each month. Market Reaction: Event Fixed Income Equities Dollar PPI Up Bond Market Down Stock Market Down Unclear …

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Personal Income and Consumption

Importance: High.Source: The Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce.Release Time: 8:30 ET the fourth week of each month (data for the month prior). Volatility: Medium. The Commerce Department releases the Personal Income and Consumption figures the fourth week of each month, the day after GDP figures are published, using data from the …

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New York Empire State Index

Importance: Medium.Published by: Federal Reserve Bank of New YorkFrequency: Monthly.Release Time: Around the 15th of the month being reported at 8:30 ETWeb: Usually not significant. The Empire State Manufacturing Survey aims to gauge the current condition of New York’s manufacturing industries as well as determining how company executives believe they will do in the …

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Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index – MCSI

The MCSI,conducted by the University of Michigan, is a valuable guide to changes in consumer attitudes that may influence spending behavior. The preliminary data is released on the tenth (except on weekends) of each month. A final report for the prior month is released on the first of the month.

International Trade Report

Importance: ModerateVolatility: ModerateSource: The Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce.Release Time: 8:30 ET around the 20th of the month.Coverage: Two months priorWeb: This report reflects trends in the overall trade balance. Export data reflect a strengthening competitive position at home and may also indicate that growing economies …

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