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This May gain represents quite a change from the mere 0.1% improvement recorded by the Commerce Department for April. It appears households have started to spend some of the money they saved on fuel and energy costs this winter. Consumer incomes rose 0.5% in May, replicating their April advance.1


The University of Michigan announced a final June reading of 96.1 for its consumer sentiment index – its highest mark since January. Analysts polled by had expected no change from the final May reading of 94.6.2


A 2.2% increase in May took new home buying to a level unseen since February 2008: an annualized pace of 546,000 units. Moreover, the Census Bureau reported a 19.5% year-over-year gain for new home purchases. Existing home sales rose 5.1% in May according to the National Association of Realtors, nearing a 6-year peak.3


America’s economy shrank 0.2% in Q1 according to the final estimate of the federal government, but that was an improvement from the 0.7% setback previously announced. Census Bureau data showed hard goods orders down 1.8% in May, but they were actually up 0.5% last month with transportation orders factored out.1


The impasse between Greece and its creditors weighed on global equity markets last week, including ours. Across five trading days, the Dow gave back 0.38% to settle Friday at 17,947.02. The Nasdaq lost 0.71% on the week to a Friday settlement of 5,080.51 while the S&P 500 slipped 0.40% to wrap the week at 2,101.61.4

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