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WRKO Interview, GDP, Pending Home Sales, KC Fed, Corporate Profits, BOJ QE chart

WRKO Interview Higher than expected, still a bit lower year over year, and supported by heavy unsold inventory building that’s exceeding the growth of new orders, as well as an increase in net exports which is counter to all the survey information and other hard data as well. Net export reports tend ...Read More

Additional Durable Goods Charts

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Chemical Activity Barometer, Durable Goods Orders, Mtg Purchase apps, Oil Inventory

Sagging along with industrial production: Better than expected which is nice, but nothing to get excited about. Durable goods tend to chug along at 3 or 4% pretty much regardless of what else happens. But this time they’ve been disrupted to the downside by the oil capex collapse. And note the large ...Read More

Redbook retail sales, Inflation adjustment, China, House prices, Consumer confidence

Still depressed Lower than the Fed thought: U.S. inflation probably lower than reported, Fed study says Aug 24 (Reuters) — U.S. inflation in the first half of the year was probably “markedly lower” than reported according to the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank. Researchers at the regional Fed bank had earlier found ...Read More

quick macro update

It all started when the FICA tax cuts and a few of the Bush tax reductions were allowed to expire at the end of 2012, followed by the sequesters a few months later 2013. That resulted in 2013 GDP growth of a bit less than 2% or so that might have been ...Read More

credit check, rail traffic, ecri index, china pmi

Still no sign of acceleration, as some deceleration continues: Rail Week Ending 15 August 2015: Continued Deterioration Of Year-over-Year Rolling Averages (Econintersect) — Week 32 of 2015 shows same week total rail traffic (from same week one year ago) contracted according to the Association of American Railroads (AAR) traffic data. Intermodal traffic ...Read More

Krugman on debt

Debt Is Good By Paul Krugman Aug 21 (NYT) — Rand Paul said something funny the other day. No, really — although of course it wasn’t intentional. On his Twitter account he decried the irresponsibility of American fiscal policy, declaring, “The last time the United States was debt free was 1835.” Which ...Read More

Existing home sales, Philadelphia Fed survey, Nat gas

More existing home are turning over, however look at the downward revisions in the last chart. And while prices may be up, they still haven’t reached replacement value as evidenced by the lack of new construction and most recently the sharp decline in permits after the run up in front of NY’s ...Read More

Oil and Gas

With prices down, drilling is down over 50%, and production is beginning to fall as well. At the same time, gasoline consumption and miles driven are both up. Therefore, some of the money saved due to lower prices is being spent to buy more gasoline, which, with domestic production falling, means more ...Read More

euro area trade, housing comments, consumer prices

Continues very strong. This is for member using the euro: Size of New Homes in U.S. Shrinks by One Closet By Kris Hudson Aug 18 (WSJ) — Of the 206,000 homes that went under construction in the second quarter, the median size was 2,479 square feet. That was 40 square feet smaller—or ...Read More