Stocks rose Thursday, and both homebuilding and retail spending surged in March. Here's how the news could affect your money.
U.S. stocks climbed to record levels Thursday after companies reported strong earnings and new data signaled that consumer spending is rebounding. The Dow rose 0.9%, closing above 34,000 for the first time. The S&P 500 gained 1.1% for a record close, and the Nasdaq gained 1.3%, putting it just 0.4% away from its February closing record.
As of Friday morning, markets are mixed.
Analysts expect the spike is due to builders catching up on construction backlogs after inclement winter weather and the high demand for housing during the pandemic.
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The most recent round of stimulus checks contributed to a surge in consumer purchases during March. Retail sales rose 9.8%, according to Commerce Department data. That's more than economists expected, and a significant improvement from February: That month, sales declined 2.7%.
Consumers were mainly spending on sporting goods, clothing, and at bars and restaurants.
As the economy reopens, you might feel the urge to splurge. While that's understandable, you don't want to put yourself in debt. To keep your post-pandemic spending under control, create a budget, continue to save for your goals, and reward yourself responsibly.
The number of new residential construction projects that begin in a month is referred to as housing starts. Housing starts this March were 37% higher than they were last year.
Although the daily news can have an impact on your wallet, remember to take a long-term outlook when it comes to decisions on spending, saving, and investing.
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