Market Minute - Economy and Housing News - Erin Carvelli

  • In his bi-annual testimony before Congress, Fed Chair Powell hammered home the message that the Fed is not done raising rates to fight inflation.
  • Jobless claims held steady at a 20-month high, remaining elevated for a 3rd straight week and signaling the labor market may be softening.
  • Consumer sentiment rose 8% last month to the highest level in 4 months, reflecting greater optimism about inflation and the economy.

  • Single-family homebuilding projects surged 21% in May, the most in more than 3 decades. Permits for future construction also climbed.
  • Existing home sales barely moved from April to May, rising 0.2%. Sales were 20% lower than a year ago amid a critical inventory shortage.
  • Total mortgage application volume increased 0.5% last week. Purchase apps increased 2% for the week despite dropping 40% year over year. 

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