First time unemployment claims: posted.
- prior: 257,000
- consensus: 246K
- consensus range: 245 - 250,000
- actual: a huge beat -- dropped 19,000 to 238,000
- 4-week moving average: 243,000
- it will be interesting to see how the mainstream media reports this
Similarities: timing of the US House vote is like NASA launches -- "T-minus three hours and holding." I wouldn't be surprised if there's a "whether" delay -- "whether or not it's worth holding the vote."
Death spiral: Aetna will exit Virginia in 2018.