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The Growing US Economy and Records in the Benchmark Indexes

by Paul Ebeling

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US consumer confidence rebounds as concerns about high inflation were offset by improving labor market prospects, suggesting economic growth is picking up”— Paul Ebeling

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Reviewing Tuesday’s US economic data:

  • The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index increased to 113.8 in October from an upwardly revised 109.8 (from 109.3) in September.
    • The Key takeaway from the report is that it marked the 1st upturn in consumer confidence since June, reflecting a feeling of relief about the waning impact of the spreading virus variant/s and an improvement in income and labor market prospects.
  • New home sales increased 14.0% month-over-month in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 800,000 from a downwardly revised 702,000 (from 740,000) in August. Taking the downward revision into account, the 2-month stack of new home sales growth was roughly in-line with estimates.
    • The Key takeaway from the report is that the growth in new home sales is concentrated in higher-priced homes, as inflation pressures, exacerbated by supply constraints, are curtailing the building of lower-priced homes.
  • The S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index for August was up 19.7% Y-Y
  • The FHFA Housing Price Index increased 1.0% m/m in August following a 1.4% increase in July. 

Looking Ahead: Investors will receive Durable Goods Orders for September, the Advance Intl. Trade in Goods, Retail Inventories, and Wholesale Inventories reports for September, and the wkly MBA Mortgage Applications Index Wednesday. 

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