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June 30, 2014
A LITTLE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE ECONOMY
The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose 3.0 points for June to 85.2, exceeding the 84.0 consensus forecast of analysts polled by Briefing.com. Those analysts thought the University of Michigan’s final June consumer sentiment index would come in at 81.7; it climbed to 82.5 instead. In related news, the Commerce Department found personal spending up a decent 0.2% for May and up 3.7% in a year. As the Bureau of Economic Analysis downgraded Q1 GDP from -1.0% to -2.9% last week, all this was welcome. One more item of interest: the Federal Reserve’s PCE index showed yearly inflation at 1.8% in May, a 19-month peak.1,2
SO MUCH FOR THE SLUMP IN HOME SALES
Wall Street certainly liked the 4.9% rise in existing home sales for May noted by the National Association of Realtors. A day later, the Census Bureau announced an 18.6% jump in new home buying for May. Economists surveyed by Reuters had predicted May gains of 2.2% for resales and 1.6% for new home sales. April’s S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed a 1.1% overall monthly gain and a 10.8% overall annualized advance.3
DURABLE GOODS ORDERS LESSEN IN MAY
Minus transportation orders, they contracted 0.1%. With transportation orders factored in, the retreat was 1.0%. Analysts contacted by Briefing.com predicted gains of 0.4% in the headline and core indicators.1
STOCKS HAVE MIXED WEEK, GOLD RISES AGAIN
While the S&P lost 0.10% for the week and the Dow dipped 0.56 in five days, the Nasdaq rose 0.43%. This led the big three to the following Friday settlements: S&P, 1,960.96; Dow, 16,851.84; Nasdaq, 4,397.93. COMEX gold futures had their fourth straight winning week, gaining 0.4% to leave the precious metal at $1,320 an ounce at Friday’s close.4,5
THIS WEEK: The NAR announces May pending home sales Monday. Tuesday, the start of the third quarter brings ISM’s June manufacturing PMI, Commerce Department data on June auto sales, and earnings from Paychex. Fed chair Janet Yellen speaks about economic stability at an International Monetary Fund event Wednesday, and Wall Street will parse her comments in addition to Fed data on May factory orders, June’s Challenger and ADP job market reports and earnings from Constellation Brands. Thursday, the Labor Department releases its June employment report and new initial claims figures, and ISM puts out its June services PMI. Friday is July 4: all U.S. financial markets will be closed.
Sources: USATODAY.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov - 6/27/146,7,8,9
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