Housing, factory data point to momentum in economy
Contracts for U.S. home resales hit a 2-1/2-year high in November and factory activity in the Midwest expanded this month, suggesting some strength in the economy despite the threat of tighter fiscal policy.
The National Association of Realtors said on Friday its Pending Home Sales Index, based on contracts signed last month, increased 1.7 percent to 106.4 - the highest level since April 2010 when the home-buyer tax credit expired.
November marked the third straight month of gains for signed contracts, which become sales after a month or two, and followed a 5 percent increase in October. Read the full story at www.reuters.com.