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NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 9

The Trade Gap Narrowed 5.8% In Nov. (“Record Exports Help The Dow Jones Index Was Up Nearly 245 Points, Or
U.S. Trade Gap Narrow In Nov.,” MarketWatch, 1/12/06) Approximately 2.3%, In The First 8 Days Of Trading This
• Exports Increased 1.8%, The Best Increase Since Year. (Yahoo Finance Website, http://finance.yahoo.com, Accessed
1/03/06)
April 2005 And A New Record. (“Record Exports Help
U.S. Trade Gap Narrow In Nov.,” MarketWatch, 1/12/06) • The Nasdaq Was Up More Than 111 Points, Or
• Imports Fell 1.1%, The First Drop Since July 5.1%, And The S&P Was Up Nearly 38 Points, Or
2005. (“Record Exports Help U.S. Trade Gap Narrow In Nov.,” 3%, In The First 8 Days Of Trading. (Yahoo Finance
Website, http://finance.yahoo.com/, Accessed 1/03/06)
MarketWatch, 1/12/06)

Exports To South And Central America Hit A Record
High In Nov.; Exports To The EU Were The Highest
Since April. (“Record Exports Help U.S. Trade Gap Narrow In Nov.,”
MarketWatch, 1/12/06)
Hourly Wages Rose 3.1% In 2005, The Fastest Pace
The Gap Was Improved By Surging Airport Exports And Since Early 2003. (“Wages Grow At Fastest In 3 Years,” USA
Falling Energy Prices. (“Trade Gap Narrowed In November as Today, 1/9/06)
Energy Costs Eased,” The New York Times, 1/13/06)
Consumer Debt Fell 0.4% In Oct., The Largest Drop In 15
Years And The 2nd Consecutive Monthly Drop. (“Consumer
Credit Falls For 2nd Month,” MarketWatch, 1/9/06)

• The Last Time Consumer Debt Fell For Two
Straight Months Was In 1992. (“Consumer Credit Falls
In The Last Four Years, States Have Closed An For 2nd Month,” MarketWatch, 1/9/06)
Aggregate $264 Billion Budget Gap. (“States Of Plenty,” The
Wall Street Journal, 1/11/06) Retail Sales In Dec. Were 6.3% Higher Than The Same
Month A Year Before. (“U.S. Retail Sales Rise 0.7% On Autos,”
• California Expects A $5.2 Billion Surplus, New MarketWatch, 1/13/06)
York, A $2 Billion Surplus, And Connecticut, A
$524 Million Surplus. (“States Of Plenty,” The Wall Street • Chain Store Retail Sales Rose 3.7% Last Week,
Journal, 1/11/06) Compared With The Same Week In 2005.
(“Inventories Held By Wholesalers Increased By 0.4% In
State Tax Receipts Were Up 8.7% In 2004. (“States Of November,” Reuters, 1/11/06)
Plenty,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/11/06)
ISM’s Index Of CEO Confidence Increased From 50% In
• Receipts Were Up 6.3% In Indiana For The First The 3rd Quarter Of 2005 To 56% In The 4th Quarter. (“CEO
Three Quarters Of 2005. (“States Of Plenty,” The Wall Showed Confidence In Economy, Poll Shows,” The Wall Street Journal,
Street Journal, 1/11/06) 1/12/06)
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