Construction Spending Data

12-2-2013 4-58-24 PMToday, the opening price on the E-mini S&P was (1804.75). Today’s high price was (1809) at 12:55 a.m. US/Eastern time. At 4:00 p.m. US/Eastern time, the low price of the day was (1797). The Construction Spending data represents the dollar value of new construction activity on residential, non-residential, and public projects. The data is available in nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) dollars. For the month of October construction outlays made a comeback. Construction outlays rebounded 0.8 percent after a decline of 0.3 percent in September. Public construction spending is up a monthly 3.9 percent, followed by a 1.9 percent decrease the month before. Private residential outlays went down 0.6 percent in October, following a 1.7 percent boost the month before. New 1-family spending declined 0.6 percent after rising 1.7 percent. Multi-family outlays went up 2.2 percent after jumping 4.3 percent in September. Residential outlays excluding new homes dropped 1.2 percent, following a gain of 3.6 percent the month before. Nonresidential private outlays dropped 0.5 percent in October, following a 1.0 percent decrease in September.

Pending Home Sales

10-28chartToday’s opening price on the E-mini S&P was (1753.50). The lowest price point today was (1754) at 11 a.m. Eastern time. The high today was (1760) at 2:45 p.m. Eastern. The economy is usually strengthened by sales on the housing market, but for four months in a row it has been hard to tell since pending sales have been down. The index level of pending home sales has fallen to 101.6 vs 107.6 in August, for a 5.6 percent decline. In nearly 2-1/2 years this has been the first negative reading of the year-on-year index, which is down 1.2 percent. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the recent government shutdown has pushed government workers and contractors to the sidelines of the housing market. Sales of existing homes had been slightly stronger, but not my much. The NAR says that today’s report points to a no better than a flat trend for final sales through the 4th quarter. This report had little effect on the the market following today’s results.