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  US Economy and Credit Markets Week Ended April 20, 2012
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Treasuries nudged slightly higher this week as mixed economic data and concern about the European debt crisis spreading to Spain or Italy kept a bid for the securities in place. Bond markets were relatively quiet on Monday as markets anticipated key economic data releases. Yields rose a little on Tuesday when German investor confidence unexpectedly accelerated and a Spanish short term bond auction drew better than expected demand. In addition, March Advance Retail Sales beat expectations, printing at .8% vs. a .3% estimate. March Housing Starts, however, missed expectations (654K vs. 705K consensus) and Industrial Production figures were flat (0% vs. .3% consensus). The Federal Reserve also continued with "operation twist" buying $1.88B in long term treasuries. Later in the week treasuries edged higher on the heels of Thursday's housing market data which missed expectations. March existing home sales were 4.48M vs. a consensus 4.61M and the monthly drop was -2.6% vs. an expected increase of .5%. The week closed with yields broadly lower as the U.S. 10 year note traded below 2% for the 6th straight day and negative sentiment regarding the European debt crisis weighed on equities. Major economic reports (and related consensus forecasts) for next week include: Tuesday: April Consumer Confidence (69.8), February Home Price Index MoM (.1%), March New Home Sales (1.6%); Wednesday: March Durable Goods Orders (-1.7%) and Durable Goods Orders ex-transportation (.5%), FOMC Rate Decision (.25%); Thursday: March Pending Home Sales MoM and YoY (1 and 7%, respectively); Friday: 1st Quarter GDP QoQ (Annualized) (2.5%), 1st Quarter Personal Consumption (2.3%), and April U. of Michigan Confidence (75.7)
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