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U.S. Economic Indicators for Traders

There are literally thousands of different reports released in the U.S. each year. Some of these reports are relevant to traders, especially those who have open positions. Below is a list of the most watched reports which may be useful to you in managing your trading positions. For a more complete listing of economic indicators see NBER National Bureau of Economic Research

Economic Report Types

Balance of Payments

GDP and Output Report
Confidence and Sentiment Reports
Prices, Wages and Sales Figures
Monetary Policy - Money and Interest Rates

Report Relevance

   Rarely affects markets
Moderate market impact
  Tends to move markets on release

U.S. Balance of Payments

  Current Account Balance  
Trade Balance
  Net Foreign Security Purchases  
  Goods And Services Imports  
  Export Price Index

U.S. GDP and Output Report

  Gross Domestic Product - GDP  
ISM Manufacturing  
Philadelphia Fed Survey  
Empire State Manufacturing Survey  
  Durable Goods Orders  
Business Inventories  
  Wholesale Inventories  
  Factory Orders  
  Industry Productivity and Costs  
  Capacity Utilization  
  Industrial Production  
  Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey  
  Chicago PMI  
  ISM Non-Manufacturing  
  EIA Crude Oil Stocks  
  Monthly Budget Statement  

U.S. Confidence and Sentiment Reports

  Consumer Confidence  
  University of Michigan Sentiment  
  ABC Consumer Comfort Index  
  Fed Beige Book  
  Leading Indicators  
  ISM Non-Manufacturing  
  Empire State Manufacturing Survey  
  Chicago PMI - United States

  Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey  
  Philadelphia Fed Survey  

U.S. Prices, Wages and Sales Figures

  Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Deflator  
  Consumer Price Index and Core CPI  
  Producer Price Index and PPI Core  
  Employment - Non-Farm Payrolls, Unemployment, Manufacturing Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings  
  Personal Consumption Expenditure  
  Industry Productivity and Costs  
  GDP Price Index  
  ISM Manufacturing and Prices Paid  
  Personal Income  
  Import Price Index  
  Export Price Index  
  Advance Retail Sales  

U.S. Monetary Policy - Money and Interest Rates

  FOMC Rate Decision  
  Minutes of FOMC Meeting
  Fed Governor Speaks  
  Fed Chairman Speaks  
  Beige Book  

U.S. Employment

  Employment Situation - Non-Farm Payrolls, Unemployment, Manufacturing Payrolls and Average Hourly Earnings
  Unemployment Rate  
  Personal Income  

U.S. Housing

  Building Permits  
Construction Spending  
Housing Starts  
MBA Mortgage Applications  
Pending Home Sales
  New Home Sales
  Existing Home Sales
  NAHB Housing Market Index


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