New Home Sales Crush Forecasts; Rates Higher to Start Week

New home sales, rather than dropping like a rock, rose 0.6 percent in April according to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Part of the gain is due to a revision of the March sales numbers from an original estimate of 627,000 seasonally adjusted annual units to 619,000. This added to the month’s 15.4 percent decline from February. While April’s sales of newly constructed homes were down 6.2 percent from a year earlier, the April estimate of 623,000 units is totally unexpected. The consensus of analysts polled by Econoday was for an annual pace of 495,000 units with the highest estimate at 592,000 units. They weren’t alone; the consensus from MarketWatch was 480,000 units while Trading Economics expected a decline of 21.9 percent. While sales estimates

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