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Thursday: New Home Sales, Unemployment Claims

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Thursday: New Home Sales, Unemployment Claims

Note: Still catching up on New Home sales following the government shutdown. The report released tomorrow will be for January. The February new home sales report is scheduled for March 29th. The March report will be released on the normal schedule. Thursday:• At 8:30 AM, The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released....
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A few Comments on November New Home Sales

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A few Comments on November New Home Sales

First, this report was for November (it was almost ready to release when the government shutdown began in December). The December report will probably be released soon, but no release date has been announced yet. Based on other data, I’d expect sales to be weak in December, but talking to builders, I expect a...
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Friday: Durable Goods, New Home Sales (Postponed)

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Friday: Durable Goods, New Home Sales (Postponed)

Probably the four most important data releases for tracking the economy are 1) the monthly employment report, 2) the quarterly GDP report, 3) the monthly housing starts report, and 4) the new home sales report.  Only the employment report is being released on time. The government shutdown is delaying 3 out of 4 of...
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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, New Home Sales (Postponed)

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Thursday: Unemployment Claims, New Home Sales (Postponed)

Note: New Home sales will not be released on Thursday due to the Government Shutdown. From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Higher Today or Tomorrow Mortgage rates were unchanged in some cases today and higher in others. The discrepancy is a result of the timing of today’s market movements. The most...
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Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Announcement

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Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Announcement

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. • At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for November from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.19 million SAAR, down from 5.22 million. • During the day, The AIA’s Architecture...
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Wednesday: New Home Sales, GDP, Fed Chair Powell, Richmond Fed Mfg Survey

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Wednesday: New Home Sales, GDP, Fed Chair Powell, Richmond Fed Mfg Survey

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. • At 8:30 AM, Gross Domestic Product, 3nd quarter 2018 (Second estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 3.5% annualized in Q3, unchanged from the advance estimate of GDP. • At 10:00 AM,...
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California Bay Area Home Sales Decline 8% YoY in October, Inventory up 21% YoY

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California Bay Area Home Sales Decline 8% YoY in October, Inventory up 21% YoY

Here are some Bay Area stats from Pacific Union chief economist Selma Hepp: • Bay Area home sales dipped by 8 percent year over year in October; however, the 19 percent increase from September was the highest monthly increase between September and October going back to 1990. • Santa Clara County and East Bay...
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A few Comments on August New Home Sales

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A few Comments on August New Home Sales

New home sales for August were reported at 629,000 on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR). This was close to the consensus forecast, however the three previous months were revised down significantly. Sales in August were up 12.7% year-over-year compared to August 2017.   This was strong YoY growth, however this was an...
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Thursday: Existing Home Sales, Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg, Flow of Funds

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Thursday: Existing Home Sales, Unemployment Claims, Philly Fed Mfg, Flow of Funds

Note: The weekly claims report will be for the week ending September 15th. Hurricane Florence impacted the Carolinas starting around September 13th, so there might be some increase in claims due to the hurricane, but it is more likely a bump in claims will happen this week (to be reported next week). Thursday:• At...
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Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Minutes, BLS Benchmark Revision

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Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, FOMC Minutes, BLS Benchmark Revision

Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index. • During the day, The AIA’s Architecture Billings Index for July (a leading indicator for commercial real estate). • At 10:00 AM, Existing Home Sales for July from the National Association of Realtors (NAR)....
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