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  US Economy and Credit Markets Ended July 29, 2016
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Treasuries strengthened last week as the US economy continued its Goldilocks style tepid growth. Oil prices exacerbated their slide amid high crude oil and fuel inventories. Tuesday's single-family home sales report for June was exceedingly positive with an increase of 3.5%, which was ahead of expectations. The median price of homes sold in June was also up 6.1% from a year ago. The new orders for durable goods report released Wednesday declined 4% in June. A decline in aircraft orders led the report lower as it was well below consensus expectations for a decline of 1.4%. Finally, on Friday, the first estimate for Q2 real GDP growth registered 1.2% at an annual rate, below the consensus expected 2.5%. In aggregate, personal consumption, business investment, and home building grew at a 2.7% annual rate in Q2 and the GDP price index increased at a 2.2% annual rate in Q2. Household purchases for Q2 were the brightest bit of economic information as they expanded 4.2% in the quarter. Business spending was a drag on GDP as inventories knocked 1.2% off of the Q2 GDP. Major economic reports (and related consensus forecasts) for the upcoming week include: Monday: Final July Markit US Manufacturing (52.9, unch.) and July ISM Manufacturing (53, -.2); Tuesday: June Personal Income (.3%, +.1%) and Personal Spending (.3%, -.1%); Wednesday: July 29 MBA Mortgage Applications, July ADP Employment Change (170K, -2K); Thursday: July 30 Initial Jobless Claims (265K, -1K), June Factory Orders (-1.9%, -1%) and Final June Durable Goods Orders (-4%, unch.); Friday: June Trade Balance (-$43B, -1.9B), July Change in Non-Farm Payrolls (180K, -107K) and July Unemployment Rate (4.8%, -.1%).
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