Jobless Claims (388K vs 375K expected & prior revised higher 389K) allowed for a beat with (ahem) revisions. Pending Home Sales (4.1% vs 1% expected & prior at -.5%) is what bulls seized on shrugging off poor employment data. Bulls see claims data as just more of the same. But people are also losing their benefits with 700K expected to be out of luck by next month.
Earnings continue to come in beating expectations which is typical frankly. With housing data stronger the charge higher was led by Homebuilders (NYSE:ITB) and REITs (NYSEARCA:IYR) was still trending higher with hotels doing better. Tech (NYSEARCA:XLK) continued to build on Wednesday's gains. Consumer discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY), retail (NYSEARCA:XRT), financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) and energy (NYSEARCA:XLE) also trended higher.