Durable Goods Orders
April's Durable Goods Orders was the first of today’s two relevant economic reports. The Commerce Department announced a 1.7% decline in new orders at U.S. factories for big-ticket products such as airplanes, appliances and electronics. That nearly matched expectations of a 1.6% decline. Since this data is known to be volatile from month to month, the 0.1% variance from forecasts is the same as pegging forecasts in other reports. A secondary reading that excludes orders for airplanes and other transportation-related products came in a bit stronger than predicted. However, it wasn’t enough to offset the positive momentum in bonds.