Offbeat indicators of economic health

We're inundated daily with government reports and other data on how the economy is doing.  But how much do they really tell us?

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[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market hasn't lacked bullish catalysts today, yet buyers nonetheless have been a reluctant bunch.

  • There were no major geopolitical flare ups over the weekend
  • M&A activity continued afoot
    • Dollar General (DG 64.38, +0.39) raised its all-cash offer for Family Dollar Stores (FDO 80.27, +0.44) to $80 per share
    • Compuware (CPWR 10.51, +1.16) agreed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for approximately $2.5 billion or $10.92 per ... More


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