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People spent more in April after pulling back in March.
Optimism is returning to the housing market.
The government is still negotiating its debt problem.
The Market: ⬇️-0.6%
S&P 500: 4,109.90
1Mo: -1% | 1Yr: +1% | 5Yr: +52%
The market didn't do much again today, hovering around the same place for the past month. Investors haven’t found much certainty about where the economy is headed.
People spent more in April after pulling back in March. The Commerce Department reported retail sales rose 0.4% in April after a 0.7% drop in March. Households searched for deals online and splurged more at restaurants and bars. Consumer spending powers two-thirds of the economy, so spending trends are essential to watch.
Optimism has returned to the housing market. The National Association of Home Builders reported the first positive reading of its homebuilder sentiment index since July. Sentiment has improved for five straight months. Home supply is low, so it will be necessary for construction to pick up.
The debt ceiling is still TBD. Negotiations are ongoing between the White House and Congress about raising the limit on the country’s borrowing. Treasury Secretary Yellen warned the country could run out of money by June 1st.
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