A deluge of US data on Thursday showed the world's largest economy remained in good health in June.
Strong growth in durable goods orders and a positive reading from the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index were the top picks among a slew of data releases published simultaneously ahead of the US market open.
However, like much recent data, Thursday's releases displayed increasing evidence that while the US economy remains robust, the pace of growth is slowing.
Durable goods orders
Orders for long-lasting, big-ticket items such as cars and white goods jumped to a three year high in June, rising 6.5% after falling 0.1% in May. Analysts had expected a rise of just 3% in June.
The jump may have seemed incongruous to some, given the weakness of the prior month and, indeed, the number betrayed some rather extraordinary activity as Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, won close to 200 orders at the Paris Air Show.
Stripping out orders for planes and cars, durable goods orders would have been a much more modest 0.2%.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago's National Activity Index rose to 0.13 in June from 0.3 in May, but failed to match forecasts of a rise to 0.35.
Any number above zero, however, displays above-trend growth in activity and the index gathers data from categories of activity including production, orders, inventories, income and employment.
All four broad categories of indicators that make up the index increased from May, the Chicago Fed said, making positive contributions to the June index.