STOCKS GO NOWHERE: Here's What You Need To Know

Teoria risky black stone rock hanging crush smashREUTERS/Andrew WinningGallery workers sit next to ‘Teoria’ by Eduardo Basualdo at the Frame Gallery’s stand at the Frieze Art Fair in central London, October 16, 2013.

The markets didn’t do too much today.

First, the scoreboard:

  • Dow: 15,392.2, -7.4, -0.0%
  • S&P 500: 1,744.6, +0.1, +0.0%
  • NASDAQ: 3,920.0, +5.7, +0.1%

And now the top stories:

  • For what it’s worth, the S&P 500 closed at a new all-time high.
  • Existing home sales fell 1.9% to an annualized rate of 5.29 million in September. However, the August sales number was revised down to 5.39 million from an earlier reading of 5.48 million. “Affordability has fallen to a five-year low as home price increases easily outpaced income growth,” said the National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun. “Expected rising mortgage interest rates will further lower affordability in upcoming months. Next month we may see some delays associated with the government shutdown.”
  • “The data suggests that a more substantial portion of sales in the past month came in the distressed sector (14% from 12% in August), with foreclosure sales and short sales both rising slightly,” said TD Securities’ Gennadiy Goldberg. “All cash buyers and investors also remained active, accounting for 33% and 19% of home purchases, respectively. Despite this, first time home buyers continued to account for 28% of home sales during the month, suggesting that the recent recovery in home prices and the rise in mortgage rates have not priced first time buyers out of the market.”
  • According to multiple reports, JP Morgan will be paying a record $US13 billion settlement to finally end probes into mortgage-bond deals made during the financial crisis. However, the stock price barely budged.
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