Read the highlights of this week’s commentary from Helios:

  • Initial jobless claims fell to 209K, down from 233K the week prior and keeping the four-week moving average effectively flat at 220K.
  • Meeting minutes from the last Fed policy meeting showed the committee was united around their cautious approach to any future interest rate moves.
  • Mortgage rates fell sharply, marking the largest four-week fall in several months and bringing the contract rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage to 7.4%. The drop may have spurred an uptick in home applications, as they rose 3.9% over the week, the largest increase since the summer.
  • Businesses continue to be anxious over the current environment with durable goods orders falling 5.4% in October, well below expectations of a 3.2% decline. The decline was most significant in transportation, while orders excluding transportation were flat.

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