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Sales of New U.S. Homes Reach Highest Level Since July 2007
(Bloomberg) -- New-home sales in the U.S. jumped at the start of the year, reaching the strongest pace since mid-2007 on the heels of cheaper borrowing costs, favorable weather and a resilient labor market.Single-family home sales rose 7.9% to a 764,000 annualized pace in January, exceeding the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey, while the December figure was revised higher, government data showed Wednesday. The median sales price jumped 14% from a year earlier to a record $348,200 as more expensive properties made up a larger share of purchases.Key InsightsMortgage rates near three-year lows, elevated consumer confidence and steady employment are energizing the real estate market. Stronger demand against a backdrop of lean inventories will probably power residential construction for a third straight quarter and contribute to economic growth as business investment remains tepid and concerns mount about the economic repercussions of the coronavirus.The number of new homes sold for which construction hadn't yet started increased to the best level since June, while the number sold and currently being built was the highest since 2007. Those figures indicate a robust pipeline for homebuilders.Consumer confidence data from the Conference Board on Tuesday showed a jump in the share of respondents who said they intended to buy a new home within the next six months.Market ReactionU.S. homebuilder shares pared losses after the data, though remained lower on sales and profit from developer Toll Brothers Inc. that missed

Reuters BusinessFeb 26, 2020
Profit rise lifts Peugeot shares ahead of Fiat merger
Peugeot maker PSA Group said on Wednesday profitability reached a record high in 2019, results that contrasted with those of many rivals and boosted the group's shares as it beds down a merger with Italy's Fiat Chrysler.
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