If it's not good news, at least it's not bad news. On Wednesday, the latest Beige Book report from the Federal Reserve states national economic activity continues to rise at a moderate pace.
For the period between September and early October, manufacturing activity rose in most districts. The housing market is still weak, and construction levels are "very low," and expected to remain so through the year.
Lending is low, but stable, according to the report. Richmond and Dallas reported increases in lending activity as pressure to price loans more aggressively rises. Mergers and acquisitions increased while demand for commercial and industrial loans remained weak. The Fed reported little change in credit quality.