It was a fairly light week, as far as economic data was concerned.
Existing home sales increased in January by +4.3% to 4.57 million units, which was higher than forecast but was somewhat tempered by some adjustments to the December level, which muted the effect. The median sales price of existing homes was unchanged (based on seasonal adjustments) and the year-over-year change was still negative at -2%. The ‘months supply’ of homes’ has declined to the lowest level since spring 2006, at around 6.1 months. This may be from a decrease in listings than a strong improvement in sales, however. Read more