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Mtg purchase apps, Durable goods orders

I don’t see any convincing evidence of a housing market revival, particularly with the growth of real estate lending remaining well below that of last year: Highlights Purchase applications for home mortgages rose a seasonally adjusted 5 percent in the November 17 week, though overall mortgage activity was only barely higher (by ...Read More

Existing home sales, Chicago Fed, Commercial real estate prices, Bank lending

Up a touch more than expected, but still down year over year: Up a bit for the month but the chart shows the weakness vs prior cycles: No improvement yet: ...Read More

Industrial production, Household debt, Business sales and inventories, Container counts, Animal trophies

A dip and a recovery due to the hurricane (as per vehicle sales data), chugging along at modest rates of growth, and still down from high a couple of years back, not adjusted for inflation: The NY Fed reports household debt growth decelerated in q1, in line with the deceleration in bank ...Read More

Retail hiring, Container count, Truck sales

October Retail Hiring Lowest In Six Years from Challenger Gray and Christmas Fewer major retailers have announced large-scale hiring announcements so far this year, which reflects the drop in the number of October employment gains in the sector. Gains fell 8 percent from last year to 136,700, the lowest October gain since ...Read More

Credit check, Commercial real estate index, Unemployment, Margin debt

Still no sign of a rebound: Home prices rising about 6% annually and loans now growing at under 4% annually looks in line with at best flat housing sales: Looks like the blip up as hurricane destroyed vehicles were replaced has run its course: This had looked like it peaked a couple ...Read More

JOLTS, Consumer credit, Tax cuts, Market cap chart, 55+ housing index, MMT conference closing remarks

Note that hires and quits have stopped growing, and historically both lead job openings, in yet another indication that this cycle has reversed: Highlights September job openings edged up slightly to a very abundant 6.093 million from a revised 6.090 million in August. Over the month, hires and separations were also little ...Read More

Credit check with macro comments

Bank credit growth continues to decelerate, to where historically, after revisions, the economy would already be in recession. Housing and vehicles look like they are already reporting negative growth, and personal income growth has decelerated to about 0% growth, with personal spending holding positive only because people are dipping into savings, which ...Read More

Private payrolls, Construction spending, Vehicle sales, Saudi output and pricing, Trump news headlines

2 month average is 167,500: Highlights ADP is calling for a limited snap back in the October employment report. ADP sees private payrolls rising 235,000 which is just on the high side of ADP’s usual estimates. Actual private payrolls fell 40,000 in September, pulled down by hurricane dislocations. Today’s results may, only ...Read More

Personal income and spending, GDP, Trump meeting, North Korea tests

Personal income growth continues to be depressed, which tends to keep spending down as well over time, though this month it had a nice one time increase due to the hurricanes, and the drop in the personal savings rate tells me it’s entirely unsustainable. Also the low inflation readings also support the ...Read More

Credit Check

Still getting worse: ...Read More