Today's U.S. reports
Today's U.S. reports revealed another two robust producer sentiment readings for December that provide a prelude to a renewed sentiment updraft into 2018 with the new tax law, alongside a 0.2% October rise in the S&P Case Shiller home price index that bucked seasonal price restraint to leave a rise in the y/y gain to 6.4% from 6.2%. For the Dallas Fed, analysts saw a rise to an 11-year high of 29.7, from 19.4 in November and a prior 11-year high of 27.6 in October. For the Richmond Fed, analysts saw a drop-back to a 20 reading in December that marks the second strongest figure since December of 2010, from an all-time high of 30.0 in November, with an employment index pop to a new cycle-high. Both measures have shown little moderation from the big hurricane rebuilding lift starting in September, and the ISM-adjusted level of all the major sentiment indexes is rising back to 58 from 57 in November.