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The Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index came in at 57.7 for December versus 57.8 for November. The ISM Manufacturing Index came in at 58.7 versus 61.1 for similar months.

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The last week of 2021 was very light on economic releases. Initial jobless claims came in below 200,000 for the week ending December 25 signaling continued strength in the labor markets and the Chicago Purchasing Managers Index was 63.8 which is very strong.

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U.S. Producer Prices were up 0.8% for the month of November, after having been up 0.6% for October. Retail Sales were up 0.3% for November, a bit of a slowdown from October when Retail Sales were up 1.8%.

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