Thursday, April 26, 2012

Which Recovery Matters Most?

When the market was all of a-tatter,
To revive was a serious matter
In housing and jobs,
With the preference, obvs,
For the former ahead of the latter.

Q: If initial jobless claims fall less than expected, and the EU's economic sentiment indicator falls more than expected, how does the Dow react?
A: It jumps up by 100 points, provided that existing home sales rise more than expected.
The National Association of Realtors said on Thursday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending sales of existing homes jumped 4.1% from the previous month, vs. the 1.3% increase expected by economists. On the strength of this news, and against the headwinds from the US hiring slowdown and the European malaise, the Dow Jones Industrial index rose 114 points, or 0.9%, to reach 13,205. Investors evidently believe that the first sign of a US recovery will be in the housing market, whence all of our financial crisis troubles have come.

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