934-B Market Turmoil, January Labor, Payroll Benchmarking, December Trade Deficit

(SGS Subscription required) • Unexpected Faltering in U.S. Economic Activity Likely Will Not Benefit Disorderly Markets
• Annual 2017 Real Merchandise-Trade Deficit Was Worst Since 2007, with the Fourth-Quarter 2017 Deficit Worst Since Second-Quarter 2007
• Trade Deficit Exploded Versus China, NAFTA and OPEC
• Widened Deficit Adds Downside-Revision Pressure to Fourth-Quarter GDP
• Sinking Annual Payroll Growth Intensified Its Recession Signal, Despite Upside Benchmark Revisions to Payroll Levels
• Population Re-Estimation Added 488,000 Working-Age People, Boosting a Magical (Illusioned) 409,000 Surge in January Employment
• January 2018 Unemployment Rates Notched Higher Month-to-Month: U.3 Firmed to 4.15% from 4.07%, U.6 Rose to 8.19% from 8.08%, and the ShadowStats-Alternate Rose to 21.8% from 21.7%

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