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Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in December along with a gauge of planned business spending, giving a a reality check to a largely improving U.S. economic outlook.

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Durable Goods Orders Stumble, but Consumers Gain Confidence

Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in December along with a gauge of planned business spending, giving a a reality check to a largely improving U.S. economic outlook.

Durable Goods Orders Stumble, but Consumers Gain Confidence (Bloomberg)

Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in December along with a gauge of planned business spending, giving a a reality check to a largely improving U.S. economic outlook. The economy, however, is growing enough for consumer confidence to hit a five-month high in January. Plus, house prices posted their biggest year-on-year gain in almost eight years in November, other reports showed on Tuesday. Durable goods orders dropped 4.3 percent in December, weighed down by weak demand for transportation equipment, primary metals, fabricated metal products, computers and electronic products and capital goods. Last month’s decline was the largest since July and reversed November’s revised 2.6 percent rise. Economists polled by Reuters had expected orders for durable goods — items from toasters to aircraft meant to last three years or more — to rise 1.8 percent in December after November’s previously reported 3.4 percent rise.

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Paul Dykewicz is the editorial director of the Financial Publications Group at Eagle Publishing Inc., www.eaglepub.com, of Washington, D.C. Eagle publishes five free, e-letters, 10 weekly trading services and five monthly investment newsletters, Forecasts & Strategies, Successful Investing, Cash Machine, Growth & Dividend Report and The Alpha Investor Letter. He also is the editor of Eagle Daily Investor and the author of the inspirational book, "Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame's Championship Chaplain."

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Durable Goods Orders Stumble, but Consumers Gain Confidence

Durable Goods Orders Stumble, but Consumers Gain Confidence (Bloomberg)

Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in December along with a gauge of planned business spending, giving a a reality check to a largely improving U.S. economic outlook. The economy, however, is growing enough for consumer confidence to hit a five-month high in January. Plus, house prices posted their biggest year-on-year gain in almost eight years in November, other reports showed on Tuesday. Durable goods orders dropped 4.3 percent in December, weighed down by weak demand for transportation equipment, primary metals, fabricated metal products, computers and electronic products and capital goods. Last month’s decline was the largest since July and reversed November’s revised 2.6 percent rise. Economists polled by Reuters had expected orders for durable goods — items from toasters to aircraft meant to last three years or more — to rise 1.8 percent in December after November’s previously reported 3.4 percent rise.

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