Consumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 31, 2012

Doug Short had a blog post of May 29 (“May Consumer Confidence:  The Third Month of Shrinkage“) in which he presents the Conference Board Consumer Confidence and Thomson/Reuters University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index charts.  They are presented below: (click on charts to enlarge images) – – There are a few aspects of the above charts that … Read moreConsumer Confidence Surveys – As Of May 31, 2012

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 25, 2012 Update

As I stated in my July 12, 2010 post (“ECRI WLI Growth History“): For a variety of reasons, I am not as enamored with ECRI’s WLI and WLI Growth measures as many are. However, I do think the measures are important and deserve close monitoring and scrutiny. The movement of the ECRI WLI and WLI, … Read moreLong-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 25, 2012 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 24, 2012 Update

On March 28, 2011 I wrote a post (“The STLFSI“) about the  STLFSI (St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index) which is supposed to measure stress in the financial system.  For reference purposes, the most recent chart is seen below.  This chart was last updated on May 24, incorporating data from 12-31-93 to 5-18-12 on a … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 24, 2012 Update

Durable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2012

Many people place emphasis on Durable Goods New Orders as a prominent economic indicator and/or leading economic indicator. For reference, here are a few charts depicting this measure. First, from the St. Louis Fed site (FRED), a chart through April, last updated on May 24.  This value is 215,527 ($ Millions) : (click on charts … Read moreDurable Goods New Orders – Long-Term Charts Through April 2012

The Importance Of Revenue Growth To Hiring

Last Thursday, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve released the May 2012 Business Outlook Survey. One aspect I found particularly notable was a chart indicating responses to “Factors Restraining Hiring.”  As indicated, the foremost response was “Expected growth of sales is low.” In various blog posts – including the April 24 post titled “The Unemployment Situation Facing … Read moreThe Importance Of Revenue Growth To Hiring

Updates On Economic Indicators May 2012

Here is an update on various indicators that are supposed to predict and/or depict economic activity.  These indicators have been discussed in previous blog posts: The May Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI)(pdf) updated as of May 21, 2012: – The USA TODAY/IHS Global Insight Economic Outlook Index: An excerpt from the April 26 update titled “Index … Read moreUpdates On Economic Indicators May 2012

Walmart’s Q1 2013 Results – Comments

I found various notable items in Walmart’s Q1 2013 earnings call transcript (pdf) dated May 17, 2012.  I view Walmart’s results and comments as particularly noteworthy given their retail prominence and focus on low prices.  I have previously commented on their quarterly conference call comments; these previous posts are found under the “paycheck to paycheck” tag. Here are various excerpts … Read moreWalmart’s Q1 2013 Results – Comments

Long-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 18, 2012 Update

As I stated in my July 12, 2010 post (“ECRI WLI Growth History“): For a variety of reasons, I am not as enamored with ECRI’s WLI and WLI Growth measures as many are. However, I do think the measures are important and deserve close monitoring and scrutiny. The movement of the ECRI WLI and WLI, … Read moreLong-Term Charts Of The ECRI WLI & ECRI WLI, Gr. – May 18, 2012 Update

St. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 17, 2012 Update

On March 28, 2011 I wrote a post (“The STLFSI“) about the  STLFSI (St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index) which is supposed to measure stress in the financial system.  For reference purposes, the most recent chart is seen below.  This chart was last updated on May 11, incorporating data from 12-31-93 to 5-11-12 on a … Read moreSt. Louis Financial Stress Index – May 17, 2012 Update