U.S. Economic Indicators

Initial jobless claims fell 10,000 to 204,000 last week. The four-week moving average fell 7,750 to 216,250. DOL Report

Retail sales rose 0.3% in December and were up 5.8% from a year ago. Core sales — which exclude autos, gasoline, building materials, and food services —  rose 0.5%. Census Bureau Report

Business inventories edged down 0.2% in November but were up 2.7% from November of last year. Manufacturers’ sales rose 0.3% in November and were down 2.0% compared to a year ago. Census Bureau Report

The NAHB Housing Market Index fell one point to 75 in January after reaching a two-decade high last month. According to NAHB, low interest rates and a healthy labor market will contribute to further home building gains in 2020. NAHB Report