Commentary

U.S. New Single-Family Home Sales came in at an annualized rate of 646,000 units in June, versus 658,000 expected. Durable Goods Orders were up 2.0% in June, better-than-expected, with Core CapEx Orders up 1.9%.

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U.S. Retail Sales were up 0.4% for June, much better than the +0.1% expected (ex-autos was also up 0.4%). Industrial Production was flat for June, with capacity utilization at 77.9%.

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The U.S. Consumer Price Index was up 0.1% overall, and up 0.3% for the Core Index in June. Producer Prices were down 0.1% for the month. Otherwise a relatively slow week for economic releases.

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