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U.S. Economic Reports Paint a Bullish Picture

Economics / US Economy Dec 01, 2011 - 04:04 AM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

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The Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) of the National Association of Realtors rose 10.4% to 93.3 in October, reflecting gains in all four regions of the nation. The PHSI is a indicator of actual of sales of existing homes with a lead of 1-2 months. The year-to-year increase of the PHSI is noteworthy. However, the issue of contract cancellations is a dark cloud hanging over the housing market. In recent months, the percentage of realtors reporting contract cancellations due to appraisal problems and failure to obtain credit has risen. Therefore, the October PHSI could be an exaggeration of the likely sales of home that will take place. Nonetheless, the increase of the October PHSI is a positive development in the housing sector.


The Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index posted a solid gain in November (62.6 vs. 58.4 in October) inclusive of an increase in indexes tracking new orders (70.2 vs. 61.3 in October) and production (67.3 vs. 63.4 in October). The national purchasing managers’ index for November will be published tomorrow, December 1. The bullish tone of these reports shows that the U.S economy is yet to be significantly affected by Europe’s crisis.

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com

Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2011 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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