Exports took a hit from an ailing global economy in August and imports from China surged, fueling the largest expansion of the trade deficit in five months.
Service-sector growth slowed in September as sales fell and new orders plunged, evidence that consumer confidence may have been affected by Wall Street.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose Thursday in a choppy start to the fourth quarter as investors awaited September's jobs report and the start of earnings season.
The pace of factory growth slowed in September while new jobless claims pointed to a tightening labor market, giving mixed messages on the economy's health.
Automakers booked double-digit sales gains last month in the U.S. market, helped by strong growth from key brands like Jeep and a later Labor Day holiday.
Private employers added 200,000 jobs in September, beating analyst expectations and suggesting there might be enough jobs growth for the Fed to raise rates.
U.S. home prices rose at a solid pace in July, as would-be buyers competed for a diminished supply of available housing.
Consumer spending grew briskly in August and a key measure of inflation firmed a bit, signs of strength in America's domestic economy.
U.S. home resales fell more than expected in August, a cautionary sign for the U.S. housing market which has recently looked on stronger footing.
An index of future U.S. economic health edged up slightly in August after a flat reading in July, suggesting economic growth could be moderating.
Housing starts fell more than expected in August, but a rebound in building permits pointed to sustained strength in the housing market.
U.S. stocks rose more than 1 percent on Tuesday after data showed healthy growth in consumer spending, but concern about a Fed rate hike lingered.
Consumer spending appeared to grow at a fairly healthy pace in August, pointing to solid domestic demand that could persuade a cautious Fed to hike rates.
Producer prices were flat in August, pointing to benign inflation pressures that could weigh on the Fed's decision whether to hike interest rates next week.
The labor market appeared to gain momentum in early September as fewer Americans filed for weekly unemployment benefits, as import prices remained weak.
U.S. payrolls rose less than expected in August, but a drop in the unemployment rate and an acceleration in wages kept alive prospects of a Fed rate hike.
The U.S. trade deficit fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose, signaling underlying strength in the economy.
Private employers added fewer workers than thought in August, but momentum likely remains strong enough for the Fed to consider a rate hike this year.
Factory activity hit a more than two-year low in August as manufacturers struggled with a strong dollar, weak global demand and cuts in the energy sector.
Overall U.S. auto sales were expected to drop 3 percent in August compared to a year ago, even as Ford and Chrysler's sales climbed during the month.
Stocks ended near flat Friday after comments by a Federal Reserve official suggested that a September rate hike was more likely than investors expected.
Plummeting stock prices have taken a toll on U.S. consumer confidence, though there are signs the setback may be temporary, a survey finds.
The economy grew faster than first thought in the second quarter, showing enough momentum to possibly allow the Fed to raise interest rates this year.
Wall Street racked up its biggest one-day gain in four years as bargain hunters swooped in, emboldened by hope of a delay in a rise in interest rates.