Industrial Business Indicator (IBI)

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IBIUR – Industrial Business Indicator Utilization Rates, Non Seasonally Adjusted IBIUI – Industrial Business Indicator Utilization Index, Seasonally Adjusted IBIAI – Industrial Business Indicator Activity Index, Seasonally Adjusted What is it? The Industrial Business Indicator (IBI) is a proprietary monthly diffusion index wherein results above 50 indicate expansion. The index is derived from three components: business activity, space utilization and … Read More

Mortgage Debt Outstanding ($B)

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MDO, MDOG What is it? The consumer credit reports show outstanding credit extended for mortgages. Who is interested? Analysts, investors, bankers, financial institutions What does it tell me? This shows the total amount of credit that is extended to households for mortgage loans. When utilization increases, consumers are typically confident in current and future economic conditions. Typically, this is consistent … Read More

Motor Vehicle Car Loans Outstanding ($B)

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MVLO, MVLOG What is it? The consumer credit reports show outstanding credit extended for motor vehicle car loans. Who is interested? Analysts, investors, bankers, financial institutions What does it tell me? This shows the total amount of credit that is extended to households for motor vehicle loans. When credit utilization increases, consumers are typically confident in current and future economic … Read More

Total Consumer Credit Outstanding ($B), Revolving, Nonrevolving

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CCO, CCOG, CCOR, CCORG, CCONR, CCONRG, What is it? The consumer credit reports show outstanding credit extended for household, family and other personal expenditures. This does not include loans secured by real estate. Revolving – Credit wherein a consumer is allowed to borrow up to a prearranged limit and repay the in one or more installments. This includes credit card … Read More

Inventory Sales Ratio

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TBIS, TMIS, TMISG, TRIS, TRISG, TWIS, TWISG What is it? Total Business Inventory to Sales Ratio (TBIS) is the monthly ratio of inventory (end of month value) to monthly sales. These ratios can be looked at as indications of the number of months inventory that are on hand. i.e. An inventory/sales ratio of 2.5.` Who is interested? Analysts, High-level executives, … Read More

Chicago Fed National Activity Index

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CFNAI, CFNAIG What is it? The Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) is a monthly measure that gauges overall economic activity throughout the U.S. It uses a weighted average of 85 monthly indicators of national economic activity, including; production and income; employment, unemployment, and hours; personal consumption and housing; and sales, orders, and inventories. Who is interested? Economists, analysts, retailers, … Read More

Delinquency Rate on Credit Card Loans

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DRCC, DRCCG What is it? This is the measure of delinquent loans and leases that are past thirty days due or more. It includes those that are still accruing interest and in nonaccrual status. This is calculated on a quarterly basis. Who is interested? Economists, analysts, retailers, investors, policymakers What does it tell me? Credit card delinquency rates give insight … Read More

Household Debt Service Payments – Percent of Disposable Personal Income

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HDP, HDPG What is it? The household to debt ratio is an approximation of the ratio of debt payments to disposable personal income Who is interested? Economists, analysts, retailers, investors, policymakers What does it tell me? The movements in the household debt levels have implications for spending for consumers. Consumer activity is a major factor in economic growth. When debt … Read More

Regional Surveys of Business Activity

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PFICA, PFIFA, PFICAG, PFIFAG, ESMICC, ESMIFC, ESMICCG, ESMIFCG, DFICA, DFIFA, DFICAG, DFIFAG What is it? The Regional Surveys of Business activity are monthly surveys sent to manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and service firms. Each survey is built around the profile of businesses within their respective regions. Who is interested? Economists, employers, prospective employees, investors, policymakers What does it tell me? The … Read More

Weekly Jobless Claims

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Tickers: WJC, WJCG, IJC, IJCG, CCSA, CCSAG What is it? Claims for unemployment are used as a barometer for the pace of layoffs in the general economy. The weekly results for the applications can be volatile, so the four-week moving average is used to detect underlying trends. Some investors use Jobless Claims to build out their outlook for economic performance … Read More

Multi-Family Housing Starts (MFAM, MFAMG)

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What is it? Tickers: MFAM, MFAMG Multi-Family Housing Starts reflect the number of privately-owned residential buildings containing units built one on top of another and those built side-by-side which do not have a ground-to-roof wall and/or have common facilities construction projects that have begun during a particular month, measured in thousands. MFAM- Multi Family Housing Starts MFAMG – Multifamily Housing … Read More

Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI)

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What is it? The National Housing Survey (HSPI) is a monthly attitudinal survey, which polls the adult general population of the United States. Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors What does it tell me? The HPSI is used to measure sentiment toward owning and renting a home, purchase and rental prices, household finances, and overall confidence in the economy.

New One Family Houses Sold (SFAMS)

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What is it? The number of new single-family houses sold. A house is considered sold when either a sales contract has been signed or a deposit accepted. Included in these estimates are houses for which a sales contract is signed or deposit accepted before construction has actually started. The estimates include houses sold while under any stage of construction, even … Read More

Total Private/Public Construction Spending (PRCOSP)

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What is it? Total private construction spending (PRCOSP) is the monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. The survey covers construction work done each month on new structures or improvements to existing structures for the private sector. Data estimates include the cost of labor and materials, cost of architectural and engineering work, overhead … Read More

Total Construction Spending (COSP)

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Tickers: COSP, COSPG, PBCOSPG, What is it? Total construction spending (COSP) is the monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. The survey covers construction work done each month on new structures or improvements to existing structures for private and public sectors. Data estimates include the cost of labor and materials, cost of architectural … Read More

Goods-Adjusted GDP

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What is it? Goods-adjusted gross domestic product (GDP) looks at some of the GDP figures that are relevant to the freight economy. The GDP figures released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis face some shortcomings as it relates to addressing freight conditions; GDP is primarily made up of service sector activity and excludes imported goods from the final number. Goods-adjusted … Read More

Total Business Inventory/Sales Ratio (TBIS)

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What is it? Total Business Inventory to Sales Ratio (TBIS) is the monthly ratio of inventory (end of month value) to monthly sales. These ratios can be looked at as indications of the number of months inventory that are on hand. i.e. An inventory/sales ratio of 2.5.` Who is interested? Analysts, High level executives, owner operators What does it tell … Read More

Orders (ORDR)

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What is it? Orders is an economic indicator released monthly by the Bureau of Census that reflects new orders placed with domestic manufacturers for delivery in the near term or future. SONAR offers 5 different qualifiers. Who is interested? Analysts, CFOs, Economists, Managers What does it tell me? Orders provide insight into the supply chain as they provide data on … Read More

Unemployment Rate (UEMP/UEMP6)

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What is it? The Unemployment Rate (UEMP) is defined as the number of people unemployed who are “actively” seeking employment in the last 4 weeks over the total labor force. The U-6 rate (UEMP6) is defined as all unemployed as well as “persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent … Read More

Producer Price Index/Year-Over-Year Change (PPI/PPIG)

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What is it? The Producer Price Indexes (PPI) are weighted monthly indexes of prices at the wholesale or producer level. The PPIs The year-over-year change in PPI is the percent change in the PPI index versus the same month last year. i.e. the PPI in June last year was 125 and this year it is 132. The PPIG would be … Read More