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The major averages enter the final hour with small gains on little real news. Though yesterday’s market scare regarding the restriction of direct foreign investment, particularly with respect to Chinese buying of real estate, something that has been a very large driver of that market, is a subject that I’m sure will be revisited given the increasing acrimony of the trade war.

The Richmond Fed regional index gained 4 points in June on strength in new orders and employment.

Case/Schiller reports that it’s National Home Price Index gained 1% in April and 6.4% from a year ago. New York, San Francisco and to a lesser extent Washington DC all saw price declines for the month. Las Vegas rose strongly again followed by Boston and San Diego. With mortgage interest rates at a 7-year high I would expect the real estate market to struggle going forward. If the trade war sparks foreign capital flight, overheated markets could suffer significantly.

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