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

Goods Exports & Imports (GOEX, GOIM, GOEXG, GOIMG)

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What is it? Goods Exports and Imports (GOEX and GOIM) are the total amounts valued in millions of dollars of monthly exported goods and imported goods in the U.S. The related year-over-year changes (GOEXG and GOIMG) are the percent changes from the same month in the previous year. i.e. The goods export value for May 2018 (in $M) is $145,282 … Read More

Housing Starts (HOUS, HOUSG, HOUSNSAG)

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What is it? Tickers: HOUS, HOUSG, HOUSNSAG, HOUSNSA The number of new houses (in thousands) begun for construction in a month. The number is seasonally adjusted and organized into regions of the U.S. HOUSG – Total Housing Starts YoY Change HOUSNSAG – Total Housing Starts Not Seasonally Adjusted YoY Change HOUSNSA – Total Housing Starts in 1000’s – Not Seasonally … 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

Real Government Expenditures ($B) (RGXP)

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What is it? Real Government Expenditures measures the growth of all government consumption, investment and transfer payments. Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors What does it tell me? Real Government Expenditures tells you the actual growth of government spending. Not a SONAR customer but want to learn more about SONAR? Visit the SONAR website to learn more. Or click the button … Read More

Effective Federal Funds Rate (FEDFUND)

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What is it? The effective funds rate is the monthly average of the daily federal funds rate set by the Federal Reserve. It is expressed as a percentage and represents the interest rate that commercial banks lend reserves to other commercial banks overnight. Who is interested? Economists, consumers, business leaders considering borrowing to invest What does it tell me? The … Read More

Estimated For Hire Trucking Employment (DRVRE)

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What is it? DRVRE is a daily estimate produced by SONAR data scientists of the monthly employment figures for the truck transportation industry released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While DRVR measures employment in the truck driving occupation, DRVRE measures employment in the for-hire truck driving industry. The numbers here are in thousands and are non-seasonally adjusted Who is … Read More

Estimated Truck Drivers (DRVR)

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What is it? DRVR is the daily estimated number of truck drivers on payroll employment in the U.S. economy. Using data on hours of service and fuel consumption, SONAR’s data scientists have calculated a daily measure of truck drivers. This daily measure ties to the annual measures for truck driver employment produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) across … Read More

Hires and Hiring Rate (HIRL, HIRR)

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What is it? The number of hires and the hiring rate come from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics each month. The number of hires (HIRL) is seasonally adjusted, expressed in thousands, and represents the total number of hires that occurred during the month. The hiring rate (HIRR) is a percentage … Read More

Industrial Production (IPRO, IPROG)

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What is it? Industrial production index (IPRO) is a monthly measure of output of the industrial sector (manufacturing, mining, and utilities) of the economy as reported by the Federal Reserve. It is also a measure of capacity and capacity utilization. Currently the base year is 2012 with a value of 100. Industrial production year-over-year change (IPROG) is a percent change … Read More

Institute of Supply Management Metrics (ISM)

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What is it? The ISM is an organization of supply chain professionals and conducts a monthly survey of purchasing managers in the manufacturing and service sectors. The ISM indexes are seasonally adjusted and reported such that the index value represents the percentage of respondents that say that activity is expanding for their business. Any value above 50 is a sign … Read More

Job Openings and Job Openings Rate (JOPL, JOPR)

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What is it? The number of job openings and the job openings rate come from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics each month. The number of job openings (JOPL) is seasonally adjusted, expressed in thousands, and represents the total number of unfilled job openings that exist during the month. The job … Read More

Single Family Housing Starts (SFAM, SFAMG)

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What is it? Tickers: SFAM, SFAMG Single Family Housing Starts reflects the number of privately-owned single-family unit construction projects that have begun during a particular month, measured in thousands. SFAM: Single Family Housing Start SFAMG: Single Family Housing Starts YoY Change Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors What does it tell me? Single Family Housing Starts tell you how many … Read More

Shipments ($M) (SHIP)

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Tickers: SHIP, SHIPG What is it? Shipments measure the dollar value of products sold by manufacturing establishments and are based on net selling values after discounts. Allowances, freight charges and excise taxes are excluded. the value is based on delivered price. Multi-industry companies report value information for each industry category as if it were a separate economic unit. Thus, products … Read More

Payroll Employment (EMPS, EMPN)

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What is it? The payroll employment statistics come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is reported monthly by industry. The data is in thousands of employees, and is collected in SONAR as both seasonally adjusted (EMPS) and nonseasonally adjusted (EMPN). The following industry granularities are available in SONARAIR – air transportationBLDG – building materials, garden equipment retailersCCAS – clothing … Read More

Real Private Fixed Investment ($B) (RPFI)

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What is it? Real Private Fixed Investment is the measure of growth in domestic investments. It captures additions and replacement to the stock of private fixed assets without deducing depreciation. It consists of nonresidential fixed investment and residential fixed investment measured in billions of dollars. Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors What does it tell me? Real Private Fixed Investment … Read More

Real Personal Disposable Income ($B) (RPDI)

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What is it? Real Disposable Income is the measure of growth (inflation) of the total amount of money that is available to U.S. consumers or households to use and spend after taxes measured in billions of dollars. Year-over-year change (RPDIMG.USA) is a percent change in RPDI from the same month in the previous year. RPDIM.USA gives a monthly breakout for … Read More

Real Personal Consumption Expenditures ($B) (RPCE, PCEY)

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What is it? Real Personal Consumption Expenditures measures the change in goods and services purchased by consumers within the United States, measured in billions of dollars. Who is interested? Economist, Analyst, Investors What does it tell me? Real Personal Consumption Expenditures tell you the growth of the prices that people in living in the United States, or those purchasing on … Read More

Real Gross Private Domestic Investment ($B) (PVDI)

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What is it? The growth amount of investment used when compiling Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is a part of the four categories of GDP which include; investment, consumption, net exports and government spending on goods and services. Real Gross Private Domestic Investments are compiled of three types of investments; non-residential investments, residential investments, and change in inventories/stocks. (Measured in … Read More

Real Exports (REXP)

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What is it? Real Exports measures the growth of goods and services sent to another country. This is measured in billions of chained 2012 dollars. (Adjusted real dollar amounts for inflation over time with 2012 as the base year) Who is interested? Economist, Analysts, Investors What does it tell me? Real Exports tell you the growth amount of exported goods … Read More