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Estimate: Economy will grow by 1.5 percent in 2014
The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that they expect the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, in part because of a poor performance during the first three months of the year.
August 27, 2014 – CBS News

ELFA Releases Its MLFI-25 for July
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $827 billion equipment finance sector, showed their overall new business volume for July was $7.8 billion, up 8 percent from new business volume in July 2013.
August 25, 2014 – Compact Equipment

Data Suggest Manufacturing Rebound Continues to Strengthen
Economic data released last week suggest that the manufacturing rebound that we have seen since the winter continues to strengthen.
August 25, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

39 states add jobs in July; housing starts and permits, MHC, ABI show big gains
Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 39 states from July 2013 to July 2014 and decreased in 11 states and the District of Columbia, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released on Monday showed. Housing starts jumped 16% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in July from June and 22% compared with July 2013 levels, the Census Bureau reported on Tuesday.
August 22, 2014 – AEM

Manufacturing Pace Rises at Fastest Rate in Two Years
Manufacturing production increased 1.0 percent in July, helping to lift the year-over-year pace of manufacturing output to 4.9 percent, its fastest annual pace since June 2012.
August 18, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

AEM CE Stock Index Up 0.8 Percent For Week Closing August 15
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week - eight out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on August 15 compared to closing prices on August 8.
August 15, 2014 – AEM

Geopolitical Challenges Could Depress Second Half 2014 Forecasts
Geopolitical challenges could put downward pressure on growth forecasts for the second half of 2014.
August 12, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

AEM CE Stock Index Up 2.0 Percent For Week Closing August 8
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week - seven out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on August 8 compared to closing prices on August 1.
August 11, 2014 – AEM

U.S. Economy Rebounds After Slow Start, but Exports Still Weak
The U.S. economy has rebounded after a slow start to the year; net exports, however, continued to be a weakness.
August 4, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

AEM CE Stock Index Down 3.5 Percent For Week Closing August 1
The AEM Construction Equipment Index fell last week - nine out of the ten companies in the index had lower stock prices on August 1 compared to closing prices on July 25.
August 1, 2014 – AEM

Most metros add construction jobs in June; second-quarter employment costs stay mild
From June 2013 to June 2014, construction employment increased in 215 out of 339 metropolitan areas for which the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports construction data, declined in 80 and was unchanged in 44, according to an analysis that AGC released on Wednesday.
July 31, 2014 – AEM

U.S. Economy Grows at 4% Pace in 2Q
U.S. economic growth accelerated more than expected in the second quarter and the decline in output in the prior period was less steep than previously reported, bolstering views for a stronger performance in the last six months of the year.
July 30, 2014 – Fox Business/Reuters

Fed Surveys Reflect Pickup in Shipments, Employment
News regarding manufacturing activity was mostly positive last week, with surveys from the Kansas City and Richmond Federal Reserve Banks both reflecting a pickup in shipments and employment in July.
July 28, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

AEM CE Stock Index Down 3 Percent For Week Closing July 25
The AEM Construction Equipment Index fell last week - two out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on July 25 compared to closing prices on July 18.
July 28, 2014 – AEM

Equipment Leasing Finance Association Releases Reports
It was a good week for the $827 billion equipment financing sector based on a pair of reports from the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
July 25, 2014 – Compact Equipment

MHC, AIA, NABE surveys imply improving construction market; retailers think small
"New construction starts in June advanced 6%" at a seasonally adjusted annual rate to the highest level so far in 2014, McGraw Hill Construction (MHC) reported on Tuesday. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported on Wednesday that its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), which "reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending," climbed to 53.5 in June, seasonally adjusted, from 52.6 in May.
July 25, 2014 – AEM

Manufacturing Continues Rebound from Winter Woes
http://www.aem.org/MarketInfo/MarketIntel/Reports/MondayEconomicReport/
July 23, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

Most states add jobs year-over-year but not since May; most PPIs remain mild in June
Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 38 states and the District of Columbia from June 2013 to June 2014 and decreased in 12 states, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today showed. The producer price index (PPI) for final demand increased 0.3%, not seasonally adjusted (0.4%, seasonally adjusted), in June and 1.9% over 12 months, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Wednesday.
July 21, 2014 – AEM

AEM CE Stock Index Up 0.1 Percent For Week Closing July 18.
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week - five out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on July 18 compared to closing prices on July 11.
July 21, 2014 – AEM

US factory output rises for 5th straight month in June, boosting economy after dismal 1Q
U.S. factory output increased for the fifth straight month in June as manufacturers cranked out more aircraft, chemicals and furniture. The modest gain underscored manufacturing's role in helping return the economy to growth after a grim first quarter.
July 16, 2014 – U.S News & World Report

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