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Margin Debt: Down 3.3% in April

FINRA has released new data for margin debt, now available through April. The latest debt level is down 3.3% month-over-month.

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New Residential Housing Starts Down 0.2% in April

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have now published their findings for April new residential housing starts. The latest reading of 1.724M was below the Investing.com forecast of 1.765M and a 0.2% decrease from the previous month's 1.728M. Annual revisions were made.

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New Residential Building Permits: Down 3.2% in April

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have now published their findings for April new residential building permits. The latest reading of 1.819M was down 3.2% from the March reading and is above the Investing.com forecast of 1.812M. Annual revisions were made.

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Weekly Gasoline Prices: WTIC Up 9%

As of May 16, the price of Regular and Premium were up sixteen and seventeen cents each, respectively, from the previous week. According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price for Regular at $6.00 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $3.97. The WTIC end-of-day spot price closed at 112.40 (on 5/17) and is up 9% from last week.

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The Big Four: April Real Retail Sales Up 0.6%

Month-over-month nominal sales in April were up 0.90% and up 8.19% YoY. Real Retail Sales, calculated with the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index, increased by 0.57% and were down 0.04% YoY.

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The Big Four: Industrial Production Up 1.1% in April

This morning's report on Industrial Production for April shows a 1.08% increase month-over-month, which was better than the Investing.com consensus of 0.5%. The year-over-year change is at 6.5%, up from last month's YoY increase. Annual revisions were made.

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Retail Sales Up 0.9% in April

The Census Bureau's Advance Retail Sales Report for April was released this morning. Headline sales came in at 0.9% month-over-month to two decimals and was at the Investing.com forecast. Core sales (ex Autos) came in at 0.6% MoM. Annual revisions were made.

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World Markets Update: May 16, 2022

Seven of eight indexes on our world watch list posted losses through May 16, 2022. The top performer is London's FTSE 100 with a YTD gain of 1.09%. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 is in second with a loss of 7.80% and India's BSE SENSEX is in third with a loss of 9.06%. Coming in last is our own S&P 500  with a loss of 15.91% YTD.

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Middle-Class Hourly Wages as of April 2022

We've updated this series to include the April release of the Consumer Price Index as the deflator and the monthly employment update. The latest hypothetical real (inflation-adjusted) annual earnings are at $46,240, down 8.0% from 45-plus years ago. Hourly earnings are below their all-time high after adjusting for inflation.

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The S&P 500, Dow and Nasdaq Since Their 2000 Highs

Take a look at real (inflation-adjusted) charts of the S&P 500, Dow 30, and Nasdaq Composite since 2000. We've updated this through the April 29, 2022 close.

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Empire State Mfg Survey: Activity Declines in May

This morning we got the latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey. The diffusion index for General Business Conditions at -11.6 was a decrease of 36.2 from the previous month's 24.6. The Investing.com forecast was for a reading of 17.0.

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Long-Term Trends in Employment by Age Group

The Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) is a simple computation: You take the Civilian Labor Force (people age 16 and over employed or seeking employment) and divide it by the Civilian Noninstitutional Population (those 16 and over not in the military and or committed to an institution).

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Baby Boomer Employment - April 2022

The 20th century Baby Boom was one of the most powerful demographic events in the history of the United States. We've created a series of charts to show seven age cohorts of the employed population from 1948 to the present.

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Demographic Trends for the 50-and-Older Work Force

Note: This commentary has been updated with the latest numbers from the latest Employment Report for April. Consider: Today nearly one in three of the 65-69 cohort and one in five of the 70-74 cohort are in the labor force.

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S&P 500 Snapshot: Down 15% YTD

The S&P 500 spent another with more losses than gains, but at least ended the week up 2.39% from Thursday. The index is down 15.57% YTD and is 16% below its record close.