Case Shiller Index Falls 15.3%

For some reason, the Case Shiller PDF keeps showing a 404 error fixed.

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chart courtesy of S&P

Here is a quick overview via my pal Peter Bookvar:

The April S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index of 20 cities fell 15.3% y/o/y, a touch better than the expectations of a 16% decline but its still the biggest drop on record with this survey. All 20 saw y/o/y declines with the worst being in Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, LA, San Diego and San Francisco. The weakness in these markets are obvious to us all and not surprising, but the degree of further weakness remains the question. New York fell 8.4% and Boston fell 6.4%. Charlotte had the smallest y/o/y decline, falling .12%. This measurement includes both conventional and jumbo loans. OFHEO HPI that is out at 10am will include just conventional but will measure more markets.

More later . . .

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Source:

Steep Declines in Home Prices Continued in April 2008

June 24,2008

http://www2.standardandpoors.com/spf/pdf/index/CSHomePrice_Release_062418.pdf

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Category: Real Estate

10 Year VIX versus SPX

Category: Contrary Indicators, Markets, Psychology, Technical Analysis, Trading

Most U.S. Stocks Retreat, Led by Financials on Credit Concern

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Excerpt:

U.S. stocks retreated, sending financial shares to their lowest level in five years, on a deteriorating outlook for bank earnings. Rising oil prices pushed crude producers higher, leaving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average little changed.

Merrill Lynch & Co., Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. helped lead the drop after Bank of America Corp. cut income estimates for brokerages and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. advised selling bank shares as credit losses linger into 2009. Oil’s second day of gains pushed down Home Depot Inc., General Motors Corp. and United Airlines parent UAL Corp., while sending energy shares to their first advance in four days. American International Group Inc., the largest insurer, tumbled to the lowest since 1997 on Barron’s recommendation to sell the shares.

Almost two stocks fell for each that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. The S&P 500 rose 0.07 point to 1,318. The Dow decreased 0.33, or less than 0.1 percent, to 11,842.36. The Nasdaq Composite Index slipped 20.35, or 0.9 percent, to 2,385.74.

Source:
Most U.S. Stocks Retreat, Led by Financials on Credit Concern
Eric Martin
Bloomberg, June 23 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aZ3JNXU3j5vg

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Category: Markets, Video

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Category: Weblogs

Wall Street Roller Coaster

Category: Markets, Psychology

Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2008

Category: Data Analysis, Real Estate

Chart of the Day: VIX versus SPX

Category: Contrary Indicators, Markets, Psychology, Technical Analysis

Did Bank of America Write the Housing Bailout Bill?

Category: Credit, Politics, Real Estate

George Carlin (1937 – 2008)

 

Seven Words You Can’t Say on Television

And the Supreme Court decision relating to the above: FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION v. PACIFICA FOUNDATION, 438 U.S. 726, 98 S.Ct. 3026 (1978).

Other videos after the jump . . .

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Other remembrances:

George Carlin, Splenetic Comedian, Dies at 71 (NYT)

Say
It Ain’t So: George Carlin Dies
(Village Voice)

George Carlin: American Radical (The Nation)

How
George Carlin Changed Comedy
(Time)

From our files: The
nonconforming George Carlin
(Christian Science Monitor)

The complete works of George Carlin

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Category: Video

MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year

MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year:

Joshua Shapiro, chief U.S. economist at Maria Fiorini Ramirez Inc., talks about the outlook for U.S. economy, housing market and Federal Reserve monetary policy.

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00:00 U.S. equities; economy; housing market
10:12 Fed policy; liquidity; inflation expectations
16:15 U.S. spending on energy; U.S. auto industry 
Running time 19:14

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Source:

MFR’s Shapiro Sees Federal Reserve on Hold for Next Year: Audio

Bloomberg, June 20 2008

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aYxEwrPaNgeI

Category: Economy, Video