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H/t Calculated Risk for the September Philly Fed chart Pr0n
Since the tech bubble burst, the economy has been running on the consumer and on home sales, and both consumer confidence and home prices continue to disappoint.
Additionally, new home sales remain at pathetic levels, and mortgage applications increased, largely in response to lower rates.
Also, we did see the Philadelphia Bank of the Federal Released its State Coincident Indexes for September, and more states were up than down, though those advances were, once again, anemic.