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February 18, 2015 | Weekly Commentary

Economic reports were sparse last week. The negative economic news exceeded the positive. Here is a recap:

Positives:

  1. Import prices declined 8% year over year.

Negatives:

  1. Initial jobless claims came in at 304k vs expectations of 287k.
  2. Retail sales ex-autos and gasoline gained just 0.2% vs the expected 0.4%.
  3. Mortgage applications fell for the fourth straight week.
  4. University of Michigan Consumer Confidence fell to 93.6 from 98.1.

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