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Initial Jobless Claims totaled 554k, 3k less than expected but the prior week was revised up by 2k. Continuing Claims continued to fall, by 88k for the week and was 165k less than expected. Both are impacted by the unusual seasonal adjustments this year because of the differing timing of auto plant shutdowns. However, continuing claims are now being pressured due to more people seeing their 26 week unemployment insurance expire and who are falling off the calculated rolls (many get extensions up to 79 weeks but that is not included in the Labor Dept’s calculation) as opposed to them getting new jobs. Those that received extended benefits (an additional 13 weeks due to the stimulus package), past the 26 weeks, totaled 360k, not seasonally adjusted, up from 297k last week and 347k the week prior. The insured unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7%.
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Non voting member Fisher of the Fed is giving his own ‘personal’ opinion on the continuation of the Fed’s purchase plan of US Treasuries in a speech he’s giving on the economy. He does not wish “to expand or extend our purchases of Treasuries beyond the cumulative $300b planned by this fall.” He said “we…Read More
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…Read More
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
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
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
> 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
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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
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
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
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