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Category: Economic Data
U.S. consumer confidence rose to 118.9 in Jun, above expectations of 116.0, vs negative revised 117.6 in May.
U.S. home-price gains pulled back slightly but remained robust early this year, prompting questions about how sustainable such a streak can be.
The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city index rose 5.7% in the three-month period ending in April compared to a year ago, down two ticks from the 5.9% annual gain notched in March. Economists had expected the 20-City index to increase 5.9% for the year.
U.S. durable goods orders -1.1% in May, below expectations of -0.6%, vs negative revised -0.9% in Apr.
Chicago Fed national index -0.26 in May, below expectations of 0.20, vs positive revised 0.57 in Apr.
U.S. new home sales +2.9% to 610k in May, above expectations of 595k, vs positive revised 593k in Apr.
U.S. FHFA home price index rose 0.7% to 248.3 in Apr, above expectations of 247.5, vs positive revised 246.6 in Mar.
U.S. existing home sales +1.1% to 5.62M pace in May, below expectations of 5.54M, vs negative revised 5.56M in Apr.
U.S. Q1 current account gap widened to -$116.8 bln, inside expectations of -$123.6 bln, vs -$114.0 bln in Q4-16.
University of Michigan sentiment (prelim) fell to 94.5 in Jun, below expectations of 97.2, vs 97.1 in May.
U.S. housing starts -5.5% to 1.092M pace in May, below expectations of 1.218M, vs negative revised 1.156M in Apr.
U.S. industrial production was unch in May, below expectations of +0.1%, vs positive revised +1.1% in Apr; cap use ticks down to 76.6%.
U.S. import prices -0.3% in May, below expectations of unch, vs negative revised +0.2% in Apr. Exports prices -0.7%, on expectations of +0.1%, vs +0.2% in Apr.
A greater-than-expected deceleration in U.S. consumer-price inflation in May could give some pause to Federal Reserve officials as they consider further interest-rate increases, Labor Department figures showed Wednesday.
While the data can be volatile month to month, often depending on energy and food prices, the underlying measure of inflation has slowed to 1.7 percent from 2.3 percent in January, raising the risk that price gains will drift further from the Federal Reserve’s target.