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Inflation fell 0.5%; Industrial Output Rose 0.2%; Jobless Claims Fell 2k

Consumer prices (CPI) dropped by 0.5% in October, matching the September decline, according to The Labor Department. It was the first back-to-back drops in the Consumer Price Index since late last year, evidence that inflation pressures may be beginning to ease.

The core inflation (core CPI), which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.1%, the smallest gain in eight months. Over the past 12 months, core inflation is up by 2.7%. 

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U.S. Economic Calendar & Key Economic Indicators - Week of Nov.13

US Economic Indicators

Mon 11/13 U.S. Federal Deficit (Oct): $49.3B
Tue 11/14 PPI (Oct): fell 1.6%
Tue 11/14 Core PPI (Oct): fell 0.9%
Tue 11/14 Retail Sales (Oct): Fell 0.2% to $364B
Tue 11/14

Business Inventories (Sep): Rose 0.4%

Wed 11/15 NY Empire State Index (Nov): Rose 4 points
Thu 11/16 CPI (Oct): fell 0.5%
Thu 11/16 Core CPI (Oct): rose 0.1%
Thu 11/16 Jobless Claims (wk. 11/11): 308k, down 2k
Thu 11/16 Net Foreign Purchases (Sep): $116.8B
Thu 11/16 Capacity Utilization (Oct): 82.2%, up 0.1%
Thu 11/16 Industrial Production (Oct): Rose 0.2%
Thu 11/16 Philadelphia Fed Index (Nov)
Fri 11/17 Mich Sentiment ( Nov): 
Fri 11/17 Housing Starts (Oct):
Fri 11/17 Building Permits (Oct):
Fri 11/17 Money-Market Funds (wk. 11/15): 
More Econ Insights at: Haver Analytics

Top 25 Technology Vendors in Financial Industry; $85 billion Sales

The Top 25 enterprise technology companies sold more than $84.7 billion in products and services to financial industry clients in 2005, representing a 5% increase over last year, according to American Banker and Financial Insights (IDC Company).

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PDA Shipments Grew 32% in 3Q; BlackBerry Holds 21% Share

Driven by rapid growth in cellular PDAs, worldwide PDA shipments totaled 4.5 million units in the third quarter of 2006, a 31.9% increase from the third quarter of 2005, according to Gartner. The average selling price (ASP) of PDAs in the third quarter of 2006 declined 13% from the same period last year to $351.

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Global Semiconductor Sales to Hit $321B in 2009, at 9% CAGR

Global semiconductor sales are projected to reach $321 billion in 2009, riding on a strong wave of consumer demand for electronic products, according to The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) release today. The SIA forecast projects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% for the forecast period, 2006-2009. 

The Asia-Pacific region will continue to be the fastest-growing market and is projected to reach 48.2% of the worldwide market in 2009.

Global Semiconductor Sales

Year Global Sales Y/Y Growth
2005 $227.5B  
2006 $248.8B 9.4%
2007 $273.8B 10.0%
2008 $303.4B 10.8%
2009 $321.0B 5.8%
Source: Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), November 2006

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Top 10 Online Advertisers By Spend for October, Nielsen//NetRatings

Nielsen//NetRatings reveals the Top Advertisers by Company for October 2006. Top advertisers, ranked by estimated spending, are based on data from AdRelevance, Nielsen//NetRatings' advertising research service. An impression is counted as the number of times an ad is rendered for viewing. Estimated spending reflects CPM-based advertising online, and excludes search-based advertising, paid fee services, performance-based campaigns, sponsorships, barters, partnership advertising, advertorials, promotions and email. Impressions reported exclude house ads, which are ads that run on an advertiser’s own or related property and co-branding relationships.

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Top 10 Web Sites by Parent Company & Brand for October, Nielsen//NetRatings

Nielsen//NetRatings reports October 2006 data for the Top Sites by Parent Company and Top Brands. Web traffic to 10 popular online gambling destinations decreased by 56% in the month of October, following President Bush's approval of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into law. 

Top 10 Parent Companies
 October 2006

Rank

Parent

Unique Audience (000s)

1.

Microsoft

117,811

2.

Yahoo!

108,630

3.

Google

104,078

4.

Time Warner

103,521

5.

eBay

67,036

6.

News Corp. Online

64,884

7.

InterActiveCorp

59,861

8.

Amazon

49,903

9.

Walt Disney

45,382

10. 

New York Times 

42,548

Top 10 Brands
October 2006

Rank

Brand

Unique Audience (000s)

1.

Yahoo!

108,029

2.

Google

102,610

3.

MSN/Windows Live

96,334

4.

Microsoft

93,150

5.

AOL

73,140

6.

eBay

59,925

7.

MySpace

49,516

8.

Amazon

43,104

9.

MapQuest

42,249

10. 

Ask Search Network

39,133 

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, November 2006

WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.16

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic indicators and business metrics based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

How Microsoft Is Learning to Love Online Advertising: In the latest quarter ended Sept. 30, Google's revenue was $2.69 billion, virtually all of which came from online advertising, while Microsoft's online group posted online advertising revenue of $374 million in the same quarter. Totla online ad spending in U.S. is projected to surpass $15 billion this year, according to eMarketer.

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