The week ahead is full of housing data, from home builders' confidence to existing home sales. The housing market has recently stabilized, in large part due to a strong labor market and low mortgage rates, however, for the sector to completely rebound, inventory needs to pick up, so the release of housing starts and building permits data should be widely watched.
Walmart is the headline earnings release, while providing insight into the consumer after the soft retail sales number last week. Is the consumer still willing to shoulder the economy, or are they losing some momentum?
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