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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Misc: Chicago PMI at 62.5, Pending Home Sales increase

by Calculated Risk on 12/29/2011 10:10:00 AM

• Chicago PMI: The overall index declined slightly to 62.5 in December from 62.6 in November. This was above consensus expectations of 60.1. Note: any number above 50 shows expansion.

• From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Highest in a Year-and-a-Half

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased 7.3 percent to 100.1 in November from an upwardly revised 93.3 in October and is 5.9 percent above November 2010 when it stood at 94.5. The October upward revision resulted in a 10.4 percent monthly gain.

The last time the index was higher was in April 2010 when it reached 111.5 as buyers rushed to beat the deadline for the home buyer tax credit.
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The PHSI in the Northeast rose 8.1 percent to 77.1 in November but is 0.3 percent below November 2010. In the Midwest the index increased 3.3 percent to 91.6 in November and is 9.5 percent above a year ago. Pending home sales in the South rose 4.3 percent in November to an index of 103.8 and remain 8.7 percent above November 2010. In the West the index surged 14.9 percent to 121.2 in November and is 2.9 percent higher than a year ago.