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The Commerce Department says the trade deficit rose to $56.6 billion in January up 5% from the prior month. Exports fell 1.3% in January, and imports were flat.

The Labor Department says unit labor costs rose at a 2.5% annualized rate in the 4th quarter of 2017. Hourly compensation in the fourth quarter was up to a 2.4%. Worker productivity was unchanged. Worker productivity has increased at an average annual rate of 1.2% from 2007 to 2017, below its long-term rate of 2.1% from 1947 to 2017.

The Mortgage Bankers Association says total mortgage application volume was up 0.3% last week. They were 5% lower than one year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home fell 1% for the week and was 1% higher than a year ago. The ARM share of mortgage activity increased to 7.3% of total applications, its highest level since June.

The ADP Employment report says private sector companies added 235,000 jobs in February.

Coca-Cola is planning to produce an alcoholic drink for the first time in its history. The drink will be released in Japan. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.


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