Business Inventories / Sales Ratio

May 17, 2022 Firms are always trying to keep their inventories in line with sales.  When the economy falls into recession, typically businesses do not cut back production as quickly as sales decline, so the inventory/sales ratio rises sharply  — which is exactly...

Trade Deficit

May 4, 2022 The trade deficit widened by $20.0 billion in March to $109.8 billion after having widened by $0.6 billion in February. While volatile on a monthly basis the deficit has widened  dramatically since April of last year because imports have risen more sharply...

Small Business Optimism

April 12, 2022 . Small business optimism was unchanged in April at 93.2 after having declined 2.4 points in March,1.4 points in February, and 1.8 points in January as inflation concerns dampened the enthusiasm of small business owners. NFIB Chief Economist William...

Corporate Profits

March 30, 2022 Corporate profits from current production (corporate profits before tax with inventory valuation and capital consumption adjustments) fell by $5.5 billion in the fourth quarter which works out to an annualized rate of decline of 0.2% after having risen...

Trade-Weighted Dollar

April 13, 2021 The trade-weighted value of the dollar, which represents the value of the dollar against the currencies of a broad group of U.S. trading partners has fallen 7.8% from where it was at this time last year and it is expected to continue to decline...

S&P 500 Stock Prices

April 13, 2021 The corona virus wreaked havoc on stock prices in February and March.  After hitting a high of 3,380 in mid-February the market plunged by,1000 points or 32% in five weeks to a low of 2,304 in mid-March. But then the government passed a $3.0 trillion of...