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July Income was flat vs expectations of a gain of .1% but June was revised higher by .2% to a decline of 1.1%. Spending rose .2%, in line with forecasts and June was revised up by .2%. Because the headline PCE was flat, REAL spending rose by .2% (vs .1% gain in June) and with flat income, the Savings Rate fell to 4.2% from 4.5%. Over the past 30 years, the Savings Rate has averaged 5.6% and before 1995 it averaged 7.7%. Headline PCE fell .8% y/o/y and is negative for a 3rd straight month. The core PCE though rose .1% m/o/m and is up 1.4% y/o/y, the lowest since Sept ’03 but it clearly didn’t get to the deflationary levels that headline PCE has achieved. This highlights the impact that commodity prices have had on inflation just within the past year. Bottom line, Q3 GDP will see positive growth but the contribution from the consumer side will be muted as income growth remains lacking.
The Final August U of Michigan confidence figure was 65.7, above the preliminary reading of 63.2, higher than the consensus estimate of 64 but is a touch below the 66 seen in July. Both Current Conditions and the Future Outlook rose from the Aug preliminary number. However, from July, Current Conditions fell almost 4 points…Read More
July Income was flat vs expectations of a gain of .1% but June was revised higher by .2% to a decline of 1.1%. Spending rose .2%, in line with forecasts and June was revised up by .2%. Because the headline PCE was flat, REAL spending rose by .2% (vs .1% gain in June) and with…Read More
Good Evening: Like a self-sealing tire, U.S. stocks were punctured this morning but managed to reflate this afternoon. Some grim news about the health of non-TARP banks was behind the decline, while speculation in financial firms that DID receive bailouts helped launch the comeback. If you think it is bizarre to see taxpayers actively chase…Read More
In contrast to the weekly Investors Intelligence data out yesterday which revealed that newsletter writers are the most bullish since Dec ’07 and the least bearish since Oct ’07 with the balance expecting a correction, the AAII sentiment measurement of individual investors reflects a different opinion. Bulls were little changed on the week at 34…Read More
Let’s say that an aging baseball slugger who had abused performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade had a horrendous collapse in his hitting statistics. So the team put him on even stronger doses of steroids, HGH, testosterone, dianabol, insulin, protein shakes, creatine, glutamine and unknown powerful designer pharmaceuticals.
The team had him do Olympic and ballistic [weight] lifts, plyometrics and intense ‘core’ training. Though the slugger’s home runs and RBIs had fallen over 30% from the previous year, he started to hit one more HR per month and a few more RBIs.
This is the US economy and financial system. Trillions of dollars have been poured into the system and economy and trillions more have been pledged to buttress troubled entities. There have been nationalizations, record stimulus and various inducements for consumer to spend more money. And all this is producing is modest m/m gains or smaller losses!
At some point the US, like the slugger, must come off the juice, or the artificial boosts will blow them up.
Even though MLB has a shoddy enforcement and drug testing record at least it isn’t the entity injecting the massive amount of unnatural stimulants.
Upon further review yesterday’s economic data was not as jiggy as initially thought.
Category: Think Tank
On a seasonally adjusted basis, commercial paper outstanding rose $43.7b, the largest gain since April and was mostly led by the asset backed category that saw a gain of $41.5b, the most since January and maybe is beginning to respond to some thawing out in that sector due to the Fed’s TALF program. Financial unsecured…Read More
Q2 GDP was left unchanged at -1% vs expectations of a fall to -1.5%. Personal Consumption was revised to a drop of 1% from -1.2% and vs an expected fall of 1.3%. Government spending was revised higher to a rise of 6.4% from 5.6%. Also helping was an upward revision to Exports. Offsetting this was…Read More
Similar to parents who realize after a period of no adult supervision, someone has to watch the kids to make sure they don’t get into too much trouble, after their stock market close yesterday China’s State Council said they want the steel, cement, coal, glass and power industries to reverse the excess capacity that has…Read More
Good Evening: U.S. stocks went virtually nowhere today, allowing both the bears and the bulls to claim victory. Those predicting an imminent decline in U.S. share prices took note that a slight majority of stocks went down on a day when the economic data came in stronger than expected. For their part, those forecasting a…Read More