Posts filed under “Think Tank”

Households and home prices

As the sustainability and depth of an US economic recovery will come down to the financial health of households and home prices, today we get data on Existing Home Sales and Jobless Claims. Jobless Claims may have one more week of seasonal distortions due to auto plant shutdowns that didn’t occur in July because they were restarted after months of closings at Chrysler and GM. Initial Claims are expected to rise 35k to 557k while Continuing Claims are expected to jump by 117k but after last week’s huge drop also influenced by seasonals. Also beginning to have an influence are those who are passing the 26 week expiration of benefits and are no longer included in the calculation even though many get extensions for up to 79 weeks. June Existing Home Sales are expected to total 4.84mm, up 70k from May and would be the most since Oct ’08 even as mortgage rates moved higher in June. Months supply will also be key.

Category: MacroNotes

CIT = Capitalism In Transition

Good Evening: U.S. stocks finished mixed for a second straight day on Wednesday, as positive earnings from Apple fought lingering credit concerns to a virtual draw. The NASDAQ did manage to advance, however, extending its streak of positive closes to eleven. The rest of the capital markets didn’t stray too far from unchanged, either, with…Read More

Category: Markets, Think Tank

FHFA home price index

The May FHFA home price index rose .9% from April and is better than the expected decline of .2%. The y/o/y decline is 5.6%. From its record high in April 2007, prices are down 10.7%. This data measures only those single family homes that have mortgages backed by FNM and FRE and covers every region…Read More

Category: MacroNotes

Rate hike odds post Bernanke testimony

Following two days of testimony (and the WSJ editorial) from Bernanke where he repeated that interest rates will stay low for an extended period of time, that inflation will remain subdued for a few years more and that unemployment will remain elevated for a period of time, the odds of a year end rate hike…Read More

Category: MacroNotes

King Report: Paradox of Corporate Cost Cutting

> Because Ben is back in funny money mode, stocks & commodities are rallying.  But the dollar and the Chinese are not happy; and they are clearly expressing their anger. The FT: China will use its foreign exchange reserves, the largest in the world, to support and accelerate overseas expansion and acquisitions by Chinese companies,…Read More

Category: Think Tank

Bernanke Campaigns for Reappointment

Good Evening: Stocks were poised to correct their recent gains today, but a late rally extended the winning streak for both the Dow and NASDAQ to seven straight. The earnings news was deemed positive by market participants, though the bottom line “beats” came even as top line revenue estimates fell short. Cost cutting can always…Read More

Category: Markets, Think Tank

Dennis Gartman, Ben Bernanke & Congress

Dennis Gartman’s letter today hit so many key points with an economy of words that I have excerpted it and scratched my own text on Bernanke’s testimony. Dennis doesn’t mention the changes in “velocity” which is too technical a subject for this missive. Maybe later. He does perfectly characterize our Congress. Go, Dennis, go. Give…Read More

Category: Federal Reserve, Think Tank

All’s Not Well in Kindleland

Here’s an excerpt from my latest update on the slow transition from printed books to electronic books. The course of technological innovation never did run smooth: When it comes to ebooks, no one seems to be able to keep a level head. Publishers are in self-induced swivet; Amazon is being a shortsighted bully, and the…Read More

Category: Think Tank

Bernanke’s testimony

Bernanke in his speech is saying most of what we already know about the economy and specifies that its the household/spending outlook that is the “important downside risk” which we know is the disease of the credit crisis. He says the unemployment rate will remain elevated even as the economy recovers (we need to generate…Read More

Category: MacroNotes

Ben comes to the Hill

If the front page article of today’s WSJ is any indication, Bernanke’s testimony on the economy and monetary policy will be anything but boring. Bernanke lays the groundwork for some of what he’ll say in an editorial that lays out “The Fed’s Exit Strategy.” It sounds great but if the Fed gets the timing wrong,…Read More

Category: MacroNotes