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Empire State index slows to 1.3 in April
The Empire State manufacturing index, the first of the many regional manufacturing gauges to be released, slipped to 1.3 in April from 5.6 in March, the New York Fed said Tuesday.
April 15, 2014 – MarketWatch

Fed Still Sees Real GDP Growth of 2.8 to 3.0 Percent
The Federal Reserve still anticipates real GDP growth of between 2.8 and 3.0 percent in 2014.
April 14, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

AEM CE Stock Index Down 1.0 Percent For Week Closing April 11
The AEM Construction Equipment Index fell last week – nine out of the ten companies in the index had lower stock prices on April 11 compared to closing prices on April 4. The AEM Construction Equipment Stock Index fell 1.0 percent for the week ending April 11. The S&P 500 Average Index fell by 2.6 percent.
April 11, 2014 – AEM

PPIs remain mild; most metros add jobs; ABI ably predicts building activity, AIA finds
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand increased 0.7%, not seasonally adjusted (0.5%, seasonally adjusted), in March and 1.4% over 12 months. From February 2013 to February 2014 construction employment increased in 175 out of 339 metropolitan areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS reports construction data, declined in 106 and was flat in 58.
April 11, 2014 – AEM

Equipment and Software Investment Forecast to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014
Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2014, according to the Q2 update to the 2014 Equipment Leasing and Finance U.S. Economic Outlook by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.
April 8, 2014 – Compact Equipment

Manufacturing Recovering from Softness Due to Storms
Manufacturers appear to be recovering from softness in the first two months of the year, mainly due to the number of severe winter storms.
April 7, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

Current Used Equipment Values Up 50% From Low Point in 2009
Used equipment prices increased 1.6% from January values to 44.8, which is 2.8% higher than the prior peak of 43.3 in April 2007, according to the March Rouse Rental Report.
April 5, 2014 – forconstructionpros.com

AEM CE Stock Index Up 2.7 Percent For Week Closing April 4
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week – five out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on April 4 compared to closing prices on March 28. The AEM Construction Equipment Stock Index rose 2.7 percent for the week ending April 4. The S&P 500 Average Index rose by 0.4 percent.
April 4, 2014 – AEM

Construction posts gains in March jobs, February spending; costs accelerate, RLB says
Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 192,000, seasonally adjusted, in March and 2,246,000 (1.7%) over 12 months. Construction spending in February totaled $946 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.1% from January and up 8.7% from February 2013. Construction consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) reported on Thursday that its National Construction Cost Index rose at a 3.9% annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2013.
April 4, 2014 – AEM

Manufacturing activity picks up
Manufacturing activity picked up modestly in March in a sign that improved weather may have lifted the economy but colder-than-normal temperatures and storms may still have held back growth.
April 1, 2014 – USA Today

Survey: CFOs Downgrade Profit, Hiring Outlook For 2014
Chief financial officers of large companies are bracing for slower profit growth and hiring over the next year, according to a new survey that offers a downbeat outlook for the North American economy.
March 31, 2014 – Wall Street Journal

AEM CE Stock Index Up 0.5 Percent For Week Closing March 28
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week – six out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on March 28 compared to closing prices on March 21. The AEM Construction Equipment Stock Index rose 0.5 percent for the week ending March 28. The S&P 500 Average Index fell by 0.5 percent.
March 28, 2014 – AEM

37 states added jobs in year ending in February; population growth swings to big metros
Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 37 states between February 2013 and February 2014, decreased in 10 states and the District of Columbia, and remained level in Hawaii, Maine, and South Dakota, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today showed. The Census Bureau released July 2013 population totals for metropolitan and other substate areas on Thursday—data with significant implications for both residential and nonresidential construction.
March 28, 2014 – AEM

Equipment Leasing Confidence Jumps to Two-Year High
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) released the March 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI).
March 27, 2014 – Construction Equipment Guide

Manufacturing Activity Rebounds in February
Data released last week support the view that the recent softness in the manufacturing sector was largely weather related, with numerous winter storms keeping shoppers from the stores and closing factories temporarily.
March 24, 2014 – National Association of Manuacturers

U.S. Factory Activity Growth Slows Slightly
U.S. manufacturing activity slowed in March after nearing a four-year high last month, but the rate of growth and the pace of hiring remained strong, an industry report showed on Monday.
March 24, 2014 – New York Times

AEM CE Stock Index Up 2.3 Percent For Week Closing March 21
The AEM Construction Equipment Index rose last week – nine out of the ten companies in the index had higher stock prices on March 21 compared to closing prices on March 14. The AEM Construction Equipment Stock Index rose 2.3 percent for the week ending March 21. The S&P 500 Average Index rose by 1.4 percent.
March 21, 2014 – AEM

Most states, metros added jobs in latest year; MHC, Reed, ABI differ on activity levels
Seasonally adjusted construction employment increased in 38 states between January 2013 and January 2014, decreased in nine states and the District of Columbia, and remained level in Maine, New Mexico and Rhode Island. From January 2013 to January 2014 construction employment increased in 195 out of 339 metropolitan areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS reports construction data, declined in 90 and was flat in 54.
March 21, 2014 – AEM

U.S. Current Account Deficit Falls To 14-Year Low
Large increases in exports and overseas investment income narrowed the U.S. current account deficit to the lowest level in 14 years in the October-December quarter.
March 19, 2014 – Manufacturing.net

Positive Outlook Growing Among Manufacturers
The latest NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers found that 86.1 percent of respondents were positive about their company's outlook, up from 78.1 percent three months ago, with increased expectations for sales, exports, employment and capital spending.
March 17, 2014 – National Association of Manufacturers

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