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ECONOMIC DATA

High frequency US economic data reports from the Commerce Department, Labor Department, Treasury Department, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Federal Reserve District Banks, and a variety of closely watched private sources.

First Cut: Dallas Fed service sector index off series lows in May

The Dallas Fed’s service sector general business conditions index rose to -41.7 in May off the series lows of -81.7…

First Cut: Richmond Fed service sector revenues improve in May although still in recession

The Richmond Fed’s current revenues index in the Survey of Service Sector Activity rose to -48 in May from -87…

First Cut: Richmond Composite Manufacturing Index off record low in May, but deep contraction continued

The Richmond Fed Composite Manufacturing Index was off its record low of -53 in April and rose to -27 in…

First Cut: Dallas Fed manufacturing index off record lows in May

The general business activity index in the Dallas Fed’s Texas Manufacturing Index managed to lift off the record lows of…

First Cut: Consumer Confidence Index showed worries about business and labor markets continued in May

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose slightly to 86.6 in May after a revised 85.7 in April (previously 86.9).…

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CENTRAL BANK CENTRAL

Information and analysis about Federal Reserve monetary policy and policymakers.

Comment: Federal Reserve securities held outright near $5.5 trillion

The Federal Reserve's holdings of US Treasurys, Agencys, and Agency MBS rose to an average of $5.452 trillion in the…

Comment: At April 28-29 meeting, FOMC focus probably still on keeping financial markets running

When the FOMC meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 28-29, conditions for the US economy won’t be entirely clear, but…

Comment: Fed’s holdings of securities top $5 trillion in April 15 week

The Fed's average holdings of US Treasurys, Agencys, and Agency MBS reached nearly $5.2 trillion in the week ended Wednesday,…

Comment: Fed’s Beige Book paints picture of the US economy slowing abruptly and severely as COVID-19 spread

The Fed’s Beige Book covered the period from late February through early April. Compared to the prior report which had…

Comment: The Fed continues to adjust supervision and regulation to ensure financial sector can weather COVID-19

To recap, in addition to its massive efforts to keep financial markets running and the economy from sinking too much…

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ON THE RADAR

Recaps, reminders, and random analysis of data and events that pertain to the US economy and monetary policy.

On the radar: St. Louis Fed’s Financial Stress Index points to steadily improving conditions

The St. Louis Fed Financial Stress Index was down for a second week and declined 0.252 points to 0.612 as…

On the radar: Freddie Mac puts fixed rates for mortgages little changed from prior week, still near historic lows

Freddie Mac rates were about the same as of May 14 as they were on May 7. Rates continue to…

On the radar: Atlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations remain low in May

The Atlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations measure for May was "essentially unchanged" at 1.5% after 1.4% in April. Inflation expectations…

On the radar: Boeing reported no new orders in April, net new orders for 2020 to-date -255

Boeing reported no new orders in April, a decrease of 31 from March. For 2020 to-date, the number of orders…

On the radar: NFIB small business jobs report show hiring grinding toward a halt in April

The NFIB Small Business Jobs Report showed the average change in employment per firm down for a third month in…

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