Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department said that new home sales fell 6.9% in March, to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 673,000 homes, down from the March revised rate of 723,000 units. The drop was slightly weaker than expected; according to consensus forecasts, economists were expecting to sales of around 678,000 units.
The report said that annually, new home sales are up 7%, compared to April 2018.
The housing data has had little impact on gold prices, which were trading near session highs following disappointing reports from the U.S. manufacturing and service sectors. June gold futures continue to hold to their gains, last traded at $1,283.60 an ounce, up 0.74% on the day.
By Kitco News
The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) was trading at $121.27 per share on Thursday afternoon, up $1.03 (+0.86%). Year-to-date, GLD has declined -1.92%, versus a 5.68% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
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