| Market/Index||2012 Close||Prior Week||As of
11/29||Week Change||YTD Change|
Funds||.25%||.25%||.25%||0 bps||0 bps|
|10-year Treasuries||1.78%||2.75%||2.75%||0 bps||97 bps|
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Last Week's Headlines
- Building permits rose 6.2% in October, according to the Commerce Department, and were almost 14% higher than in October 2012. Data on September and October housing starts, which was delayed by the federal government shutdown, will be available along with November figures on December 18.
- Home prices were up 3.2% in Q3 in the 20 cities measured by the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index. September's 0.7% gain represented a 13.3% increase from a year earlier, the highest annual growth since February 2006.
- Durable goods orders fell 2% in October. The decline was fueled in part by a nearly 16% drop in new orders for aircraft and parts, the same factor responsible for the previous two months' worth of increases. However, orders for computers and capital goods also fell, leaving nontransportation orders down 0.1% for the month.
Eye on the Week Ahead
Friday's unemployment rate--the last before the Fed's monetary policy committee's last meeting of the year--and preliminary sales results from the expanded Black Friday retail holiday weekend will likely dominate the week. However, reports from a range of economic sectors, including housing, manufacturing, services, and consumer spending, also will suggest the state of the economy.
Key dates and data releases: U.S. manufacturing, construction spending (12/2); auto sales (12/3); new home sales, balance of trade, Fed "beige book" report, U.S. services sector (12/4); revised Q3 GDP estimate, factory orders (12/5); unemployment/payrolls, personal income/outlays (12/6).
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