Mixed Message 05-21-15

What’s a central banker to do? The Federal Reserve routinely releases the minutes of policy setting meetings three weeks afterward as part of efforts to provide clarity on U.S. central bank thinking. Investors and economists closely scrutinize those discussions. But rather than shed light on what’s ahead, the notes to the Fed’s April meeting, out yesterday, merely served to highlight just how uncertain are monetary policy makers these days, much as we surmised when it released its policy statement immediately following the April meeting. Read more about Mixed Message 05-21-15

Frack to Basics 05-07-15

The ADP Employment report yesterday signaled job market weakness with a surprisingly low 169,000 new hires last month, well below the 205,000 expected. Many economists use the ADP report as an advance guide to official monthly numbers from the U.S. Labor Department, despite the firm’s spotty record on this score. The consensus for the government assessment due tomorrow is for 220,000, an increase in non-farm payrolls and up from March’s 126,000. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, is anticipated to slip 0.1 percent to 5.4 percent. 
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A Cleaner, Safer Way to Profits 05-01-15

This issue we're adding the world’s largest independent maker of mission-critical sensors and controls designed to enhance energy efficiency, safety and comfort. The company’s products play vital roles to save energy and reduce harmful emissions. The company enjoys strong growth yet has so far only targeted a small portion of the addressable market for its products.

To make way for the new position, we're selling a consulting services company. See the issue for details Read more about A Cleaner, Safer Way to Profits 05-01-15