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Weekly Economic Update

January 28, 2013

Last month, existing home sales slumped 1.0% and new home sales tumbled 7.3%.
Year-over-year numbers, however, remain hugely positive. Residential resales
improved 12.8% in 2012, with December’s median single-family home price up
11.5% from a year before to $180,300. New home sales rose 19.9% last year,
representing the first annual increase since 2005 and the best year since 1983.

The House of Representatives voted 285-144 last week to suspend the current limit
on federal borrowing through May 18, in a measure demanding that both houses of
Congress approve a budget by April 15 or work for free. The Senate is expected to
pass the bill this week, a formality en route to President Obama’s signature.

The gain in the Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators matched
the expectations of analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires. The 0.2% November
retreat in the index was revised upward to show no change.

Rising 0.54% in five days, the index ended the week at 1,502.96, its highest close
since December 2007. Friday afternoon, the blue chips were on track for their best
January since 1989: the Dow rose 0.51% on the week to settle at 13,895.98 Friday.
The NASDAQ went +0.62% last week to close Friday at 3,149.71. Oil ended the week
at $95.88, gold at $1,656.60.

THIS WEEK: NAR’s December pending home sales report arrives Monday, plus
December durable goods orders data and earnings results from Caterpillar, Yahoo!
and BMC Software. Tuesday, the November Case-Shiller Home Price Index and the
Conference Board’s newest consumer confidence poll complement earnings from
Broadcom, Valero, Ford, Nintendo, Eli Lilly, DR Horton, Corning and AK Steel.
Results from Facebook, Qualcomm, Boeing, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66,
ConocoPhillips and Electronic Arts appear Wednesday, plus a Fed policy statement,
a new ADP employment report and the government’s first estimate of Q4 GDP.
December’s consumer spending figures are in Thursday, plus earnings from Honda,
Royal Dutch Shell, UPS, Aetna, Altria, AutoNation, Colgate-Palmolive, Pulte Group,
Viacom, AstraZeneca, Deutsche Bank and MasterCard. Friday’s economic releases
include January’s jobs report, auto sales figures and ISM manufacturing index, the
University of Michigan’s final January consumer sentiment survey, and earnings
from Merck, Mattel, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Tyson Foods.

DJIA +6.04 +8.93 +2.77 +7.09
NASDAQ +4.31 +11.76 +7.08 +13.47
S&P 500 +5.38 +13.34 +2.59 +7.45

10 YR TIPS -0.56% -0.12% 1.34% 2.34%
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