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Economy by the week - 25th Nov

Here are the key economic developments for the week:


Economy


- The number of new house constructions jumped 3.8% in October.

- Existing home sales rose 1.9% in October, according to National Association of Realtors.

- The Conference Board Leading Economic Index declined in October.


Employment

- Initial jobless claims remained unchanged at 227,000 in the week ended November 16, 2019, according to the Labor Department.


Corporate Profits

- As of Nov. 11, 2019, 457 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 341 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


Sentiment

- The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose to 96.8 in November from 95.5 in October.


Europe

- Construction output rose 0.7% in the EA inSeptember. (Eurostat)

- The European Commission’s Flash Consumer Confidence Indicator for the EA

increased in November.

- The Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index slipped to 50.3 in November from 50.6 in October, according to Markit Economics.

- Germany saw its producer prices decline by 0.6% in October.


Rates

- The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note declined.

- FOMC minutes show that the Fed continues to view the “economic outlook as positive.”


Risks

- The effect of tariffs coupled with low corporate confidence is likely to increase pressure on global manufacturing.

- Brexit, Italian debt situation, and a weak European banking system risk could tip EU back into recession.

- In China, the pace of deceleration continues to be above and beyond the stimulus being injected into the economy.


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