The Daily Shot Brief – March 6th, 2018




The United States: US commercial construction firms are a bit more cautious on new business in the near-term.

Source: USG Corporation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

These companies continue to struggle with the quality of skilled labor (something we also hear from US small businesses).

Source: USG Corporation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Equity Markets: Merrill Lynch still sees US investos as being too bullish.

Source: BofAML

However, the TD Ameritrade retail sentiment has fallen sharply.

Source: TD Ameritrade


Credit: This chart shows changes in US business and consumer debt over time.

Source: John Burns Real Estate Consulting


Eurozone: Italy’s election map shows a tremendous regional polarization, …

Source: @FT; Read full article

… which is not entirely surprising if one looks at the income per capita map.

Source: @CarlKonigel


China: China’s reliance on exports declined last year.

Source: Moody’s Investors Service


Cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin’s transaction volume dipped as the market corrected.

Source: @jessefelder; Read full article


Rates: Here is the latest FOMC dove-hawk spectrum.

Source: BofAML


Food for Thought:  Sports TV broadcasting trend.

Source: @StatistaCharts, @Nielsen; Read full article





Edited by Joseph N Cohen

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