New home sales in the US jumped 7.6 percent in May to the highest rate since April 2010, providing yet more evidence that the housing market is recovering.
However, US economic growth may be faltering anyway. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index fell to -0.45 in May from 0.08 in April. The three-month moving average fell to -0.34 from -0.13, suggesting, according to the Chicago Fed, that national economic growth was below its historical trend.
Monday also saw Cyprus become the fifth eurozone country to request a bailout. Its sovereign credit rating was also cut to BB+, a non-investment grade, by Fitch on Monday.