1. Ward’s Auto predicts that December SAAR car sales will be 15.7 million; if so, it will be the best sales month since December 2007.
2. CoreLogic reports that foreclosures declined nationally in November by 23%, as the U.S. housing market continues to mend.
4. DQNews is also reporting that Phoenix home sales were the highest for a November in 7 years, while the median price was the highest in more than 4 years.
5. ADP reported today that construction jobs increased by 39,000 in December, the largest monthly gain since February 2006.
6. Framing lumber prices (at $381 per 1,000 board feet) ended the year at the highest level in almost 7 years, going all the way back to February 2006. Contracts for CME lumber futures ended the year at $386.40, the highest price since April 2005, more than 7 and a-half years ago. More evidence of a housing boom.
7. Top 20 charts for 2012, from the Forum for Innovation at the US Chamber of Commerce, including one CD chart.
8. Reason.tv interview with Craig Whitney on “Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.”
9. No Regulation? No Problem – John Stossel highlights PayPal and eBay as examples of thriving markets without government regulations; watch his show “Freedom 2.0″ about this tonight at 9 p.m. on the FOX Business Network.
10. The Conference Board reported yesterday that online labor demand increased in December by +217,900 jobs.