The Daily Shot Brief – February 15th, 2018




The United States: Is the weak dollar finally showing up in higher apparel prices (since most clothing is imported)? And why did hospital costs rise all of a sudden?

Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics


Equity Markets: Some companies have been bypassing the IPO process, choosing Reg A+ to list shares. But performance has been a problem for most.

Source:, h/t Paul Menestrier; Read full article


Energy Markets: The US imports most of its solar panels from Asia. Here is the breakdown. What will be the impact of the new tariffs?

Source: EIA; Read full article


The Eurozone: The euro area economic growth was slower in Q4 but remains robust. Here is a summary. Note that on a year-over-year basis, the Eurozone GDP growth was still higher than in the US.

Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics


Japan: As discussed yesterday, while Japan’s GDP report was disappointing, private consumption has picked up. Here is the GDP breakdown.

Source: BMI Research


Food for Thought: The Valentine gifts CPI.

Source: LPL Financial


Edited by Joseph N Cohen

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