A CLOSER LOOK The Federal Reserve releases minutes of its last meeting of policymakers Wednesday. At the meeting late last month, Fed officials decided to cut the central bank's key interest rate for the first time in a decade. The Fed also left open the possibility of future rate cuts as it looks to stimulate the economy amid uncertainty over global trade tensions.
HOUSING MARKET BELLWETHER Low mortgage rates and a healthy job market have helped drive U.S. home sales this year. But rising prices and fierce competition for a tight inventory of homes on the market has held back growth. When it comes to newly built homes, sales are up just 2.2% from a year earlier in the first half of 2019. The Commerce Department issues its July tally of new home sales Friday.
New home sales, seasonally adjusted annual rate, by month: Feb. 669,000 March 693,000 April 658,000 May 604,000 June 646,000 July (est.) 645,000 Source: FactSet