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Durable Goods Orders

- Friday, March 24, 2017 - Headline durable goods orders came in moderately higher than anticipated, increasing by 1.7%, where a 1.4% reading was expected.

Economics Weekly: Is This a Regime Change?

- Friday, March 24, 2017 - Are we in the midst of a major regime shift? If this is the start of a regime shift, it should have significant long-term implications for asset allocation. In this week’s Economics Weekly, we look at the arguments for a such a change.

New Home Sales

- Thursday, March 23, 2017 - New home sales for February came in much better than anticipated, with a change of 6.1% where an increase of 1.6% was expected. This follows an upwardly revised 5.3% rise in January.

Incyte Corporation: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Incyte Corporation (INCY $147.96), a premier large-cap, oncology-focused biopharma company.

Laureate Education, Inc.: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Monday, March 20, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Laureate Education, Inc. (LAUR $13.43), one of the largest education services providers in the world, focused on higher education in nearly every region around the globe.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, March 20, 2017 - The FOMC raised the target range of the federal funds rate by 25 basis points. After only two rate hikes in two years, the Fed has now executed two more increases in only three months. Strong data, headlined by solid February nonfarm payroll data, coupled with Chair Janet Yellen’s remarks prior to the March pre-meeting blackout all but assured that a rate hike would occur.

Economics Weekly: Is There Still Value in This Growth Stock Cycle?

- Friday, March 17, 2017 - In this week’s Economics Weekly, we take a look at what the current macro environment was telling us with respect to investing in growth or value stocks. Our conclusion is that while the growth stocks cycle might look a little long in the tooth, there is still further room to run.

Industrial Production

- Friday, March 17, 2017 - February’s production was unchanged, following a decrease of 0.1% in January. At 75.4% in February, capacity utilisation continues to be quite low, well below the traditional inflation warning mark of 80%.

ITRS Has Agreed to be Acquired by TA Associates

- Thursday, March 16, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to ITRS, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, in connection with its pending sale to TA Associates. This transaction was signed on March 6, 2017, and is expected to close in March.

Housing Starts

- Thursday, March 16, 2017 - The 3.0% rise in February’s housing starts was a little more than the anticipated 1.4% increase. Meanwhile, building permits dropped by 6.2%, to 1,213,000, which is 4.4% higher than 12 months earlier.

FOMC Meeting

- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - As widely expected, the FOMC chose to raise interest rates at this meeting by 25 basis points, bringing the current rate within a 0.75%-1.0% range. Importantly, the committee did not change the language with regard to its treatment of its balance sheet.

Advance Retail Sales

- Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Advance retail sales came in at the anticipated 0.1% in February, following an upwardly revised January reading of 0.6%. Excluding autos, sales were a little better, rising by 0.2%, where an increase of 0.1% was expected and follows a revised 1.2% increase in January.

Producer Price Index

- Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Producer prices were 0.3% higher in February following a 0.6% increase in January. The sharp decline in energy prices through March, however, will feature in next month’s release and will be a significant deceleration in the headline rate.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, March 13, 2017 - The market is nearly certain the Fed will raise the fed funds rate this week. Friday’s nonfarm payroll (“NFP”) data release was the last piece of economic data for the FOMC to digest prior to the March 14-15 meeting and it should be sufficient to provide the confidence necessary to raise the benchmark interest rate.

Economics Weekly: Rates Are Rising; What Does This Mean for Equities?

- Friday, March 10, 2017 - In this week’s Economics Weekly, we explore the impact from interest rates, what has been driving the equity market recently, and what might be driving it in the near future.
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