STOCKS GO NOWHERE: Here's What You Need To Know

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A couple of earnings announcements and a mixed bag of economic data weren’t enough to spark some action in the stock markets.First the scoreboard:

Dow: 13,164, -7.3, -0.0%
S&P 500: 1,405, +1.6, +0.1%
NASDAQ: 3,030, +13.9, +0.4%

And now the top stories:

  • First, the bad news.  The Empire Fed manufacturing index went negative for the the first time in 10 months. It fell 13 points to -5.85.  Economists were looking for a reading of 7.0.  On the bright side, the employment component of the index remained positive, slipping slightly to 16.47 from 18.52 a month ago.
  • The July consumer price index was unchanged.  Economists were looking for a 0.2 per cent increase.  Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices  climbed 0.1 per cent, which was a bit cooler than the 0.2 per cent increase expected.
  • Industrial production grew 0.6 per cent in July, which was slightly higher than the 0.5 per cent gain economists were expecting.  However, it’s worth noting that last month’s 0.4 per cent growth rate was revised down to 0.1 per cent.
  • The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to a 5-year high of 37.  This was marginally higher than the 35 that economists were forecasting.  In other housing news, economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch boosted their forecasts for U.S. home price growth to 2.0 per cent from 0.5 per cent. Don’t Miss: The 15 Best Housing Markets In The Next 5 Years >
  • The September futures contract for WTI oil settled at $94.33 per barrel today, up 1 per cent.  This is a three month high.  Here Are 9 Wars That Were Really About Commodities >
  • Network equipment giant Cisco releases quarterly earnings this afternoon.  Follow the announcement LIVE at
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