Vital Signs: Reading the Yearend Yardsticks

On tap: November figures on home sales, regional factory activity reports, and December consumer confidence

As investors return to work after Christmas they will be greeted by the latest figures on the housing market as well as new numbers on chain store sales, and consumer confidence. The figures will give the financial markets an update on whether the housing recession is hitting bottom and how that may be affecting consumers during the most critical period for retailers.

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