Economic Statistics for 24 Dec 14
The MBA reports that mortgage applications rose 0.9% last week, with purchases and refis both up 1.0%.
Initial weekly jobless claims fell 9,000 to 280,000. The 4-week average fell 8,500 to 290,250. Continuing claims rose 25,000 to 2.403 million.
The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.4 points to 43.1 in the latest week, the highest reading since October, 2007.