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U.S. Durable Goods orders for August were up 1.8% versus having been up 0.5% for July. The Chicago Purchase Manager's Index was an expansionary 64.7 for September versus 66.8 for August.

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The National Association of Homebuilding Index came in at 76 for September, well above the 50 neutral level. The U.S. Index of Leading Economic Indicators was up a nice 0.9% for August, after having been up 0.8% for July.

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U.S. 3-Year Annualized Inflation Expectations increased to 4.0% in August from 3.7% in July. Actual Consumer Prices were up 0.3% in August versus July's level of 0.5%.

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