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I was happy to read this report from BofA
I was happy to read this report from BofA  
 
 
 
June 5, 2013
Last Week in Review 
Consumers are feeling more confident about the direction in which our economy is moving. Read on for details and what they mean for home loan rates.

Table Source: Mortgage Success Source


Consumer Confidence, which measures how optimistic or pessimistic consumers are with respect to the economy in the near future, hit a five-year high in May, coming in at 76.2. The Consumer Sentiment Index, a similar measure, also came in above expectations for May.

There was also good news on the housing front, as the Case Shiller 20-city Home Price Index rose 10.9 percent year-over-year. This was above expectations and the best annual gain in seven years.  In addition, the second estimate for first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by 2.4 percent. By comparison, the final reading of GDP for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 0.4 percent. GDP is an important measure of productivity growth and a key indicator of economic strength.

In inflation news, the Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE), the Fed’s favorite measure of inflation, shows that inflation remains tame. In fact, the year-over-year core PCE ... more

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