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They have wings. As they grow up, they also grow down. What are they?
Last week’s riddle:
Katherine and Sterling each have the same amount of pears. How many pears does Katherine need to give Sterling so that Sterling has 10 more pears than she does?
Last week’s answer:
5. When Katherine gives Sterling 5 pears, she will lose 5 and he will gain five, resulting in a net difference of 10. So they both have at least 5 pears to begin with.
March 2, 2015
CPI SHOWS ANNUAL DEFLATION
Dipping 0.7% in January, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index posted a 0.1% annual retreat – its first yearly decline since 2009. As the core CPI rose 0.2% in January and gas prices are moving north, the headline CPI’s stint in deflation territory may be short-lived. The federal government also announced its second estimate of Q4 GDP last week – a passable 2.2% – and a 2.8% boost in hard goods orders for January.1,2
HOUSEHOLD CONFIDENCE DECLINES
The Conference Board’s monthly survey of consumers slipped 7.4 points in February to a reading of 96.4. At the end of January, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index reached 98.1; the final February index came in lower at 95.4.2,3
PENDING HOME SALES, HOME PRICES RISE
The National Association of Realtors said housing contract activity increased 1.7% in January, and December’s S&P/Case-Shiller index showed a 4.5% overall annual increase in existing home prices. The Census Bureau noted an 0.2% dip in new home sales in January, however; the NAR found resales falling 4.9% in that month.2,4
FEBRUARY WAS FANTASTIC FOR STOCKS
Look at these monthly gains: S&P 500, 5.49%; Dow, 5.64%; Nasdaq, 7.08%. Last week, the S&P lost 0.27% and the Dow 0.04% while the Nasdaq rose 0.15%. Final numbers: DJIA, 18,132.70; Nasdaq, 4,963.53; S&P, 2,104.50. Oil fell 1.32% to $49.27 on the NYMEX, gold rose 1.21% to $1,213.60 on the COMEX.5,6
THIS WEEK: ISM’s January manufacturing index appears Monday, plus January’s consumer spending report and earnings from Progressive, NutriSystem and Molycorp. On Tuesday, the Street examines earnings from Best Buy, AutoZone, Smith & Wesson, Revlon, Bob Evans, TiVo and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen speaks on bank regulation in New York. Wednesday brings February’s ADP employment change report, a new Beige Book from the Federal Reserve, ISM’s February services index and earnings from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Korn/Ferry, PetSmart, Jamba, Tribune Publishing, Scripps Co. and H&R Block. February’s Challenger job cuts report arrives Thursday along with the latest bank stress test results from the Fed, new initial claims numbers and a report on January factory orders; earnings roll in from Chesapeake Utilities, Marcus & Millichap, Costco, Martha Stewart Living, Fresh Market, Quiksilver and Kroger. The Labor Department’s February employment report comes out Friday, as well as earnings from Foot Locker, BigLots! and Staples.
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