1. Durable!

    Durable Goods Orders Surge

    In this Tuesday, June 19, 2012 photo, washing machines sit on display on a showroom floor at a Lowe's store in Atlanta. Companies cut back on orders for long-lasting U.S. factory goods last month, outside volatile aircraft and other transportation equipment. The decline suggests businesses are losing confidence in the economy. Orders for durable goods rose a seasonally adjusted 1.6 percent in June from May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, July 26, 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    David Goldman / AP Photo

    The Census Bureau report released on Thursday showed orders, shipments, and inventories of durable goods – stuff like planes, appliances, and cars – showed new orders jumping up 9.9 percent in September. This $19.6 billion increase followed a dip in August. The durable goods sector with the largest jump was transportation equipment, with orders up $16.8 billion, or some 31.7 percent.

    Read it at Census Bureau