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Here’s what you need to know today…
Business activity picked up this month.
More people bought new homes in April as prices sank.
Time is running out on debt ceiling negotiations.
The Market: ⬇️-1.1%
S&P 500: 4,145.58
1Mo: +1% | 1Yr: +5% | 5Yr: +52%
The market drifted lower today as debt ceiling negotiations dragged on with no clear end in sight.
There really needs to be a debt ceiling deal by Friday to give Congress enough time to pass a bill to raise the spending limit before June 1st, the date Treasury Secretary Yellen said we won’t be able to pay our bills. There’s a lot more concerning talk about how a breach of June 1st might “just be similar to a government shutdown and not a full-blown global financial crisis.” It would be nice to avoid either situation, just in case.
Business activity picked up this month. S&P Global’s Composite PMI Output Index, which tracks the manufacturing and services sectors, rose to a 13-month high in May. Businesses received more orders, hired more people, and reduced costs, particularly in the services sector.
New home prices dropped in April, and buyers jumped back in. The Commerce Department reported a surprise jump in new home sales in April as the median price for a brand-new home fell to $420,800, the lowest level since December 2021.
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