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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

New home sales, Durable goods orders, Vehicle sales

Nice uptick, but subject to revision and at best indicating continued very modest growth well below the last cycle with a population that’s maybe 10% higher than it was 10 years ago: Highlights Volatility tied to low sample sizes is what the new home sales report is known for, proving its reputation ...Read More

Apartments index, JOLTS chart, Rig count chart

Yet another chart that looks like we might already be in recession: Hires quits were the leading indicators in the last cycle: Rig count peaked a few months ago: ...Read More

Existing home sales, Oil rig count

Now down year over year, and in line with the deceleration in bank mortgage lending: Highlights Existing home sales posted their first gain in four months, rising 0.7 percent in September to a 5.390 million annualized rate that is near Econoday’s top forecast. Hurricane effects are hard to gauge with the National ...Read More