US House Prices Rise 5.5 percent from a year ago

The US housing market rebound gained steam in November, new data suggests.

House prices were 5.5% up on a year ago, according to the widely-watched Case-Shiller index, the fastest rise since the market crash began in 2006.

However, separate data suggested US consumer confidence took an unexpected knock in January, as rises in income and payroll taxes came into effect.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply to 58.6 in the month, from 66.7 in February.

It was the lowest reading in more than a year. Analysts had been expecting a level of about 64.

via BBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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