Markets continued their epic bull run and closed at a new post-crisis high.
First the scoreboard:
And now the top stories:
- New home sales unexpectedly fell 7.3 percent to 369k in December. Economists were looking for a reading of 385k. However, it's worth noting that the November number was revised up to 398k. So the report was somewhat mixed.
- However, some economists are increasingly worried about a potential supply glut in the market for new homes. " The worry, though, is that with the pace of new residential building activity now approaching 1 million units, the impending surge in new homes supply could create a problem for this segment of the housing market, unless there is a commensurate increase in demand," wrote TD Securities' Millan Mulraine.
- Business Insider's Henry Blodget recently spoke to economist Robert Shiller who was reluctant to confirm that housing would boom again. "I think that we might have [hit bottom], but my biggest sense is that probably nothing dramatic happens either way," he said. "If the Pulsenomics survey is right, and it’s up between 1 and 2 percent real, that’s plausible to me. But also down 1 or 2 percent real, that’s plausible. I’m sorry I don’t have a more precise forecast."
- Shiller also told Blodget that we can expect low returns in the stock market. "I think predicting something like 4 percent real for the stock market, as opposed to 7 or 8 percent historically," he said. "And that looks pretty good."
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