Durable Orders and New Home Sales
Durable Orders +2.6% vs prior -8.9%; trumpeted as an improvement by the media.
Inside the number: the good news; nondefense aircraft +52.5% vs prior Jan -70.1%; as a result, transportation orders +13%.
Now the bad news: Non defense capital goods, a proxy for business spending -2.3%.
Due to the jump in civilian aircraft which pushed transportation up, the real measure of durable orders ex transportation was -1.3%.
Showing a major dropoff outside of civilian aircraft and capital defense spending which was +104% the highest in 4 years.
New Home Sales 1080K vs prior 1207K a 10.5% drop. The mustard is off the hot dog.
Both reports eased inflation fears and bond yields dropped.