THIRD QUARTER SAW SOLID ECONOMIC GROWTH
Friday, the Bureau of Economic Analysis issued its first estimate of Q3 GDP: 3.0%. Its report showed increases in personal spending and business stockpiling offsetting a dip in home building. The economy grew 3% or more for a second straight quarter for the first time since 2014. Growth has averaged 2.2% per quarter since the end of the recession in 2009.
NEW HOME SALES LEAP UP
Unexpectedly, new home buying increased by 18.9% in September; the Census Bureau said that the sales pace reached a ten-year peak. The surge put the year-over-year gain for new home purchases at 17.0%.
CONSUMERS RETAIN THEIR OPTIMISM
The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index finished October at 100.7, just 0.1 points beneath the forecast of economists polled by MarketWatch. That very high reading was below the initial October mark of 101.1, however.
NASDAQ CLIMBS 144 POINTS IN A DAY
Impressive earnings news sent the tech benchmark up 2.20% Friday to a close of 6,701.26; it gained 1.09% for the week. The S&P 500 added 0.23% last week, settling Friday at 2,581.07; the Dow Industrials rose 0.45% to 23,434.19 in the same span.