New orders for U.S. manufactured goods rose in December and a gauge of future business investment rebounded, showing the U.S. economy ended the year with more momentum than previously thought.
Commerce Department data showed orders for durable goods climbed 3.0 percent last month. That was likely boosted by a surge in orders at aircraft builders like Boeing. Economists had forecast orders rising 2.0 percent.
Strong month, but note that excluding the highly volatile nondefense aircraft component, the index would have been up a (still healthy, yet not as impressive) 1.6%.