U.S. Consumer Sentiment Shows Slight Deterioration In January

A report released by the University of Michigan on Friday showed a slight deterioration in U.S. consumer sentiment in the month of January. Preliminary data showed the consumer sentiment index edged down to 99.1 in January from the final December reading of 99.3. Economists had expected the index to come in unchanged. The slight decrease by the headline index came as the index of consumer expectations dipped to 88.3 in January from 88.9 in December. On the other hand, the report said the current economic conditions index crept up to 115.8 in January from 115.5 in December. Surveys of Consumers chief economist Richard Curtin noted the impeachment of President Donald Trump was mentioned but just 1 percent of consumers. “While those that mentioned impeachment were also somewhat less optimistic than other consumers, the small numbers had a negligible impact on the overall level in consumer sentiment,” Curtin said. With regard to inflation, one-year inflation expectations rose to 2.5 percent in January from 2.3 percent in December, while five-year inflation expectations climbed to 2.5 percent from 2.2 percent. The University of Michigan noted the data was initially unavailable on its website due to an accidental cut of fiber networking on…

U.S. Industrial Production Dips Amid Slump In Heating Demand

With utilities output plummeting amid a slump in demand for heating, the Federal Reserve released a report on Friday showing a modest pullback in U.S. industrial production in the month of December. The Fed said industrial production fell by 0.3 percent in December after climbing by a downwardly revised 0.8 percent in November. Economists had expected industrial production to dip by 0.2 percent compared to the 1.1 percent jump originally reported for the previous month. The pullback in production came as utilities output plunged by 5.6 percent in December after surging up by 1.0 percent in November, with unseasonably warm weather leading to a large decrease in demand for heating. Meanwhile, the report said manufacturing output crept up by 0.2 percent in December after spiking by 1.0 percent in November, while mining output jumped by 1.3 percent following a 0.2 percent decrease. The Fed also said capacity utilization for the industrial sector slid to 77.0 percent in December after climbing to an upwardly revised 77.4 percent in November. Economists had expected capacity utilization to slip to 77.1 percent from the 77.3 percent originally reported for the previous month. Capacity utilization in the utilities sector led the way lower, tumbling…

U.S. Housing Starts Skyrocket To 13-Year High In December

After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6 percent to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. The surge came as a big surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7 percent to a rate of 1.375 million from the 1.365 million originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected increase, housing starts soared to their highest level since hitting a rate of 1.649 million in December of 2006. Single-family housing starts jumped by 11.2 percent to a rate of 1.055 million, while multi-family starts spiked by 29.8 percent to a rate of 553,000. Meanwhile, the report said building permits tumbled by 3.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.416 million in December after climbing by 0.9 percent to a revised rate of 1.474 million in November. Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to slide…

Dollar Rises Vs Most Majors Ahead Of U.S. Industrial Production

Fed’s Industrial production for December will be published at 9.15 am ET Tuesday. Ahead of the data, the greenback traded mixed against its major counterparts. While the greenback held steady against the pound, it rose against the rest of major counterparts. The greenback was worth 110.20 against the yen, 1.1100 against the euro, 1.3044 against the pound and 0.9685 against the franc at 9:10 am ET. The material has been provided by InstaForex Company – www.instaforex.com…

U.S. Housing Starts Spike 16.9% In December

After reporting significant increases in new residential construction in the two previous months, the Commerce Department released a report on Friday showing U.S. housing starts saw an even more substantial spike in the month of December. The Commerce Department said housing starts skyrocketed by 16.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.608 million in December after jumping by 2.6 percent to a revised rate of 1.375 million in November. The surge came as a big surprise to economists, who had expected housing starts to rise by 0.7 percent to a rate of 1.375 million from the 1.365 million originally reported for the previous month. With the much bigger than expected increase, housing starts soared to their highest level since hitting a rate of 1.649 million in December of 2006. Meanwhile, the report said building permits tumbled by 3.9 percent to an annual rate of 1.416 million in December after climbing by 0.9 percent to a revised rate of 1.474 million in November. Building permits, an indicator of future housing demand, had been expected to slide by 0.9 percent to a rate of 1.468 million from the 1.482 million originally reported for the previous month. The material has been provided by…

Dollar Stronger On Upbeat U.S., China Economic Data

The U.S. dollar drifted higher against its most major trading partners in the European session on Friday, as solid economic data from China and the U.S. eased concerns about global growth. Official data showed that the Chinese economy expanded in line with expectations in the fourth quarter. Gross domestic product grew 6.0 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter, the same rate as seen in the third quarter and in line with expectations. Chinese industrial production and retail sales beat forecasts in December, rising 6.9 percent and 8.0 percent, respectively year-on-year. Overnight data showed that U.S. retail sales rose 0.3 percent in December, in line with forecasts. Separate reports showed that weekly jobless claims unexpectedly fell in the week ended January 11 and NAHB housing market index came in near a 20-year high in January. The data reduced the possibility of further interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. Investors await U.S. industrial production, consumer confidence index, building permits and housing starts data due in the American session for more direction. The currency traded mixed against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it rose against the yen and the franc, it held steady against the euro. Versus the pound,…