Pelosi also said it's "irrelevant" whether approving the USMCA trade deal would give President Donald Trump a victory ahead of the 2020 election.Politicsread more
Brent crude oil jumped the most in history in the previous session after attacks on Saudi's oil industry disrupted the kingdom's production.Marketsread more
General Motors stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in lost production as a United Auto Workers union strike against the automaker enters its second day, but Wall...Autosread more
Damage to the top OPEC producer's oil facilities ignited fears of supply disruption around the world and has sent crude prices soaring.Energyread more
"It is really a tale of pretty failed governance, almost of the highest order, short of something fraudulent," says the tech investor.Deals and IPOsread more
Private equity firm 3G Capital Partners discloses that it sold 25.1 million shares of Kraft Heinz, bringing its stake down by about 9%.Marketsread more
"That leads the developed world to say to China: 'We've got to rebalance this. It's working for you. It's not working for us,'" says the billionaire Blackstone co-founder.Economyread more
Microsoft founder Bill Gates added $16 billion to his net worth this year, despite giving away over $35 billion to charity, according to Bloomberg.Wealthread more
According to a new report, consumers ages 14 to 24 overwhelmingly prefer physical stores for shopping, largely for mental health reasons.Retailread more
Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting their pay and working conditions. CNBC spoke with the company's drivers about how their financial lives are faring.Personal Financeread more
These are the stocks posting the largest moves in midday trading.Market Insiderread more
After sitting tight for four straight months, confidence among U.S. homebuilders improved in June. A monthly survey of builder sentiment from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) rose two points to 60. Anything above 50 is considered "positive" sentiment.
"Builders in many markets across the nation are reporting higher traffic and more committed buyers at their job sites," said NAHB Chairman Ed Brady, a homebuilder and developer from Bloomington, Illinois. "However, our members are also relating ongoing concerns regarding the shortage of buildable lots and labor and noting pockets of softness in scattered markets."
June's reading is the highest since January of this year but the same as June of 2015. Of the index's three components, all posted gains. Current sales conditions rose one point to 64, sales expectations in the next six months increased five points to 70. Buyer traffic rose three points to 47, but it is still the only component in negative territory.
"Rising home sales, an improving economy and the fact that the HMI gauge measuring future sales expectations is running at an eight-month high are all positive factors indicating that the housing market should continue to move forward in the second half of 2016," said NAHB chief economist Robert Dietz.
Homebuilders have benefited from very short supply of existing homes for sale nationwide, but their costs continue to rise, and they are passing those on to buyers in the form of higher prices. Sales of newly built homes jumped dramatically in April, as did prices. The median price of a newly built home hit $321,100, up 9.7 percent year-over-year to the highest level on record.
Regionally, looking at a three-month moving average, homebuilder sentiment rose two points in the South to 61 and one point in the West to 68. Sentiment in the Northeast dropped two points to 39 and in the Midwest it fell one point to 57. A monthly read of housing starts and building permits for May is set to be released Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET.