Five Charts to Help You Understand Tuesday’s U.S. Economic Data

Tuesday was a busy day for U.S. economic data, with orders for business equipment unexpectedly declining in January for a second month and consumer confidence vaulting to a 17-year high. Reports also showed solid home-price gains, the widest merchandise-trade deficit since 2008 and a jump in inventories. Here are five charts to help you sort through the numbers:

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