Five noteworthy figures from the previous week

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2.5%
The decline of existing home sales in April.

Demand has outstripped supply in the housing market for some time. According to the National Association of Realtors, the average home for sale in April stayed on the market for only 26 days. The NAR says first-time buyers were involved in 33% of home purchases last month; the historical mean is 40%.

Source: MarketWatch 1

2020
When the next recession could begin, according to a Zillow Research forecast.

The real estate database company just polled more than 100 economists and housing industry analysts, and 48% thought the next downturn would start two years from now. Twenty-four percent felt a recession would arrive in 2019, while 14% saw one coming in 2021.

Source: Zillow Research 2

5.07%
The one-month advance for the S&P SmallCap 600.

This index, representing S&P Dow Jones Indices’ measurement of the small-cap segment of the stock market, has outgained even the record-setting Russell 2000 in the past 30 days.

Source: Wall Street Journal 3

$0.60
How much the price of gas has risen in a year.

On May 25, 2017, a gallon of regular unleaded averaged $2.37 nationally. Friday, the national average price was up to $2.97.

Source: AAA Gas Prices 4

6.6%
The yearly gain of core capital goods orders.

Across the 12 months ending in April, American companies invested notably in U.S.-made business equipment (core capital goods orders exclude aircraft and defense industry orders). Last week, the Commerce Department said that it recorded a 1.0% April advance for the category.

Source: Reuters 5

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Citations.

1 – www.marketwatch.com/story/existing-home-sales-tumble-as-supply-crunch-squeezes-hard-2018-05-24/ [5/24/18]

2 – www.zillow.com/research/experts-2020-next-recession-19994/ [5/22/18]

3 – markets.wsj.com/us [5/25/18]

4 – gasprices.aaa.com/ [5/25/18]

5 – www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy/u-s-business-spending-on-equipment-improving-idUSKCN1IQ1OM [5/25/18]