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MARKET TRENDS: Summary for the Week Beginning June 29, 2015
Posted on June 30, 2015

Apart from the deal to prevent Greece from defaulting on its debt, data on the labor market will be the highlight of the upcoming week. Greece's creditors have offered a 5-month extension to repay the debt. A deal should be concluded by Tuesday or else Greece will default on the €1.6B debt with the International Monetary Fund[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Pending Home Sales at Nine-Year High
Posted on June 30, 2015

After solid existing and new home sales, pending home sales in the U.S. rose for the fifth straight month in May, hitting the highest level in over nine years. A stronger labor market, an improving wage, and lower mortgage rates continue to boost the housing industry and economy as a whole. The strong rise in[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Consumer Sentiments Rises, Index at Five Month High
Posted on June 26, 2015

The U.S. economy is firming up with a series of positive economic numbers. The June Consumer Sentiment hit it a five-month high on Friday, following the solid Personal Income and Spending report on Thursday. The sharp rise in consumer sentiments was buoyed by a stronger job market and an improving wage rate. The University of [...]

Posted on June 25, 2015

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted lower than expected in 1Q15. Strong manufacturing, construction, and housing markets raised the final revision to the GDP growth estimate for Q1. The GDP contracted by -0.2% from the previous estimate of -0.7%, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday. This was in sharp contrast to an increase of[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Housing Upsurge Offsets Fall in Durable Goods Orders and Manufacturing
Posted on June 24, 2015

Following the strong report on nonfarm payroll and retail sales, both durable goods orders and manufacturing PMI disappointed the market in May. This is in addition to a drop in the Chicago Fed Manufacturing Index on Monday. However, a reviving housing market induces optimism in the strength of the U.S. economy going forward. The durable [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Existing Housing Sales Hits Fastest Growth in Nearly Six Years
Posted on June 23, 2015

Existing home sales, which includes the number of previously constructed homes, condominiums, and co-ops, rebounded in May. It grew at its fastest pace since November 2009 and marked the third straight month of annual home sales above 5 mn. Existing home sales accounts for a larger share of the market than new homes and is [...]

MARKET TRENDS: Summary for the Week Beginning June 22, 2015
Posted on June 22, 2015

A series of economic data is scheduled to be released this week, including reports on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), housing, and Michigan's consumer sentiment. With the Fed contemplating the optimum time for a rate hike, which is data dependent, all data is significant to the decision. The housing market should get more good news [...]

National Consumer Credit Default Rates Reach New Lows in May 2015 According to the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices
Posted on June 22, 2015

Four of the Five Cities Report Default Rate Decreases in May 2015 NEW YORK, June 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Data through May 2015, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices and Experian for the S&P/Experian Consumer Credit Default Indices, a comprehensive measure of changes in consumer credit defaults, continued its downward trend in default rates.[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Fed Hike Likely in 2015
Posted on June 19, 2015

The U.S. Federal Reserve is on track to raise historically low interest rates on the back of an improving economy and after a winter setback. However, the Fed remains unsure of the second rate hike timing. It believes that the economy should be strong enough to support the rate hike by the end of 2015,[...]

MARKET TRENDS: Inflation Soft, Current Account Deficit Widens
Posted on June 19, 2015

Consumer prices posted the biggest gains in May over the last two years, triggered by a surge in oil prices. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a measure of the price movement of goods and services bought for consumption, advanced 0.4% month-over-month (MoM) in May, the Department of Labor said on Thursday. The market had expected [...]