Producer prices rose marginally in July as a decline in the cost of energy goods offset higher food prices, pointing to a moderation of inflation pressures.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, but the labor market is still seen as strengthening.
The Dow got back into the black for the year as investors set aside concerns about Ukraine, Iraq and earnings - for now.
Retail sales were unexpectedly flat in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.
U.S. workers were more productive in the April-June quarter and labor costs rose slightly, a sharp turnaround from grim first-quarter figures.
A survey by the Federal Reserve shows that a quarter of U.S. households say they're "just getting by" financially.
Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth.
U.S. home prices rose in June by the smallest year-over-year amount in 20 months, slowed by modest sales and more properties coming on the market.
Consumer spending rose for a fifth straight month in June, but a moderation in price increases suggested the Fed won't raise interest rates anytime soon.
Private businesses created 218,000 jobs in July, a number that while solid and in line with previous months fell below expectations, according to ADP.
Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose more than expected in June, pointing to momentum in the economy at the end of the second quarter.
Consumer prices rose in June as the cost of gasoline surged, but the overall trend continued to point to a gradual build up of inflationary pressures.
A gauge predicting the economy's future health increased in June for a fifth consecutive month, supporting the view that economic growth should accelerate.
Consumer sentiment slipped in July while an index of consumer expectations weakened for a third straight month, a University of Michigan survey shows.
New claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, but the economy's brightening outlook was dimmed by a tumble in housing starts last month.
The U.S. economy continued to expand in recent weeks, with manufacturing activity widening and employers reporting difficulties finding skilled workers.
A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in June, in the latest indication that the economy ended the second quarter on a stronger footing.
Employment growth jumped in June and the unemployment rate declined to near a six-year low of 6.1%, effectively dispelling fears about the economy's health.
A fall in demand for military equipment spurs a drop in new orders for factory goods, but rising investment suggests the economy is gaining strength.