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ACC's economic outlook for the week ended 25 July 2014

10:57 AM MDT | July 28, 2014 | American Chemistry Council

MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 16 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) up 0.4%; up 4.4% Y/Y Consumer Prices up 0.3%; up 2.1% Y/Y Existing Home Sales up 2.6%; down...


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ACC's economic outlook for the week ended 20 June 2014

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ACC's economic outlook for the week ended 6 June 2014

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ACC's economic outlook for the week ended 23 May 2014

MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators was 14 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Existing Home Sales up 1.3%; down 6.8% Y/Y New Home Sales up 6.4%; down 4.2% Y/Y LEI up 0.4%; up 5.7% Y/Y BUSINESS OF CHEMISTRY...

ACC's economic outlook for the week ended 16 May 2014

MACROECONOMIC STATUS Our running tab of positive indicators slipped to 13 out of 20 this week. Thus, we continue to post a green banner. Please refer to the end of this report for an explanation of the color codes. See the Indicators in Detail section for...

Intermediate prices mostly stalled

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