News this week has been mixed, but there have been some bright spots to celebrate. The beleagured housing industry may finally be turning around. The manufacturing sector had a couple pieces of good news well. If you work in the White House or among the Democratic leadership, yesterday's surprising announcement from the Supreme Court that the President's health care bill had largely escaped overturn was undoubtedly a bright spot.  And today we are greeted with news that Europe's leaders have found a way to avert a Spanish banking collapse.

Markets yo-yoed this week on news of Europe’s progress and lack of it in addressing their increasing debt concerns. Domestic economic news, both good and bad had little impact indicating that Europe’s problems may ours for months to come.

Since the early days, the US economic recovery has depended significantly on manufacturing and exports to sustain its momentum until consumer spending and housing could begin pulling their weight. But disruptions in the supply chain from Japan, brought about by the tragic earthquakes and tsunami, have taken a greater than anticipated toll on manufacturing. Add the weight of Europe’s debt crisis and Asia’s monetary tightening and one might reasonably ask the question of whether sufficient momentum remains to get us over the hill? 

Yesterday’s new home sales report surprised everyone as sales surged 16% in April, the biggest jump in 14 years. The news sent stocks surging higher with the Dow up 100 points before traders took a broader, dimmer view sending the Dow down 85 points, the S&P down 1% (short of its record yet again), and the NASDAQ down 1.5%. The S&P 500 and the Dow may end their seven-week gain streak with this week’s decline of 1% so far. The bond market has retreated for two weeks as yields have marched steadily higher.