Durable goods
Durable goods rises for the fourth consecutive month
  • Prior -0.7% (revised from preliminary -0.9%) revised to +1.2%.
  • Durable goods orders rose +1.6% versus 0.8% estimate. The gain was the 4th straight monthly advance, and the 8th increase in 9 months.
  • Transportation equipment - which has been up for three consecutive months - led the increase with a 3.4% rise in January
  • Durables ex-transportation +0.7% versus 0.4% expected.
  • Prior ex-transportation +0.6% revised to 0.9%
  • Durable ex Defense +1.6% versus 0.1% expected. Prior month revised to +2.7 versus 0.3% previously reported
  • Nondefense capital Ex air +0.9% versus 0.5% expected. Prior month was revised to +0.4% from +0.3%
  • Durable goods shipments +1.2% versus Decembers +1.3%. The gain is also the 8th in the last 9 months. The gains were led by machinery which had been up for 10 of the last 11 months and increase by 2.7% in January.
  • January nondefense capital shipments ex aircraft +1.9% versus Decembers +1.6%

Overall, the headline data - and the revisions - are good news for the economic growth to start the new year, but the data is preliminary and tends to be subject to revisions.

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