The number: Ex-auto, the durable goods came in at 2.0%, which is well ahead of expectations.
On the other hand, with autos, things were a bit weaker than expectations.
Stocks are still looking for a good opening.
Background: Durable goods orders are forecast to shrink 1.4% in August, compared to 0.4% growth in July.
Bear in mind, a lot of August data has proven to be soft.
Ex-autos, the growth is expected to hit 0.6%.
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