October 20, 2017
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United States (US): Existing Home Sales rose by 0.7% in September to 5.39 million, compared with market expectations for a decline to 5.30 million. There were no revisions to prior data. Home re-sales are now 1.5% below their year ago level and are 25.7% below their September 2005 record high. The Inventory of Homes Available for Sale rose by 1.6% to 1,900k but are still 6.4% below their year ago level. Because inventories increased while sales increased, the monthly supply rose to 4.23 months from 4.19 months. This is still well below its July 2010 cyclical peak of 12.4 and even below the 6-month level that is considered 'normal'. Home Prices rose compared to their year ago levels. Average home prices are 3.5% above their year ago levels while median home prices are 4.2% above their year ago levels.
Australia’s dollar traded at 78.13 U.S. cents at 9:06 AM PST and New Zealand dollar traded at 69.59 U.S. cents. In New Zealand, the annual net inflow of new migrants continued to cool in September. Annual net migration was 71,000 in September, still up from the 70,000 net inflow a year earlier, but extending the slowdown from a peak in July. Of that, annual permanent and long-term arrivals rose 5% to 131,600 from a year earlier, while departures climbed 9% to 60,600. The credit card spending in September was up 0.7% on month and up 4.9% on year.
Euro traded at 1.1774 against USD at 9:06 am PST. Larger exports of goods boosted the euro zone’s current account surplus in August, countering concerns about the impact of a stronger euro on exporters. The currency bloc recorded a net surplus of 33.3 billion euros in August, as it revised up the July figure to 31.5 billion euros. In German, PPI gained o.3% in September, beating the estimate of 0.1%. On yearly basis, PPI inflation jumped to 3.1%, with higher energy prices the main driving factor for the acceleration from 2.6% y/y in August. Prices for oil products rose 7.5% y/y in September, after just 3.0% y/y in the previous month, and electricity prices jumped 8.9% y/y versus 1.6% y/y in August.
Canadian dollar traded at 1.2619 per USD at 9:07 am PST. Statistics Canada reported that the consumer price index increased 0.2% in September, missing forecasts for a 0.3% gain. On a yearly basis, consumer prices advanced 1.6% last month. A separate report showed that Canadian retail sales decreased by 0.3% last month, compared to forecasts for a 0.5% gain. Core retail sales, which exclude automobiles, slumped 0.7% in September, confounding expectations for an increase of 0.3%.
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