The big game was yesterday, and one of my favorite things to see during the buildup to Super Bowl Sunday are some of the mind-boggling statistics involved in the production and viewing of it.  Here are a few:

 

103.4 million – The estimated TV audience for the 2018 game

$3861 – The average cost of a Super Bowl Ticket on the resale market

$2 – Cost of a hot dog at the stadium

11 million –  Slices of Domino’s pizza consumed

100 millionPounds of avocados consumed

$227 million – The amount spent on potato chips

$5 millionThe amount that CBS charged for a 30 second ad at the game

7.5 – The over/under on Tony Romo correctly predicting a play call ahead of time

1 minute 50 seconds – The over / under on how long Gladys Knight takes to sing the US National Anthem

$484 billion – the amount of work productivity lost today, the Monday after the Super Bowl (“I think I came down with that bug that’s going around boss….”)

 

We just wrapped up a pretty good month to start the year and thought I would add some more statistics to get you up to speed:

 

Source: ABC News

 

304,000 – The number of jobs the economy added last month; an absolute blowout of a number as the estimate was 170,000

100 – Consecutive months of job gains (more than double the previous record)

4% – The current unemployment rate (down from 10% at the height of the great recession)

3.2% – Year-over year wage growth

6% – The probability that interest rates will be higher 1 year from now according to the futures market

11.1% – The average increase in earnings in the S&P 500 stocks that have reported so far

Add all of those together and you get…

7.8% – The increase in the S&P 500 last month, the best January since 1987

 

 

S&P 500 Post Best January Since 87

What a difference a month makes.

 

Last statistic:

23° The low temperature at O’Hare airport in Chicago last week,  along with a wind chill of -52°.  While we didn’t get anything like that here at the beach we did get some cool weather too.

 

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