Japan Archive

Copper, Japan, Corp tax policy

They must have found a way for their workers to live on fewer calories… Copper Miners’ Pain Doesn’t Stop Buildup Nov 23 (WSJ) —Global copper production is on track to hit an all-time high of 18.7 million metric tons this year, according to BMO Capital Markets. The cost of producing a pound ...Read More

CPI, Redbook Retail Sales, Industrial Production, Housing Index, Containers, FHA Capital, EU Car Registrations, Japan

Part of the Fed’s mandate is to hit it’s 2% inflation target: Still at recession type levels: This is also what recession looks like: The anointed ‘driver of the economy’ continues to falter as previously discussed: Housing Market Index Highlights The housing market index from the nation’s home builders shows weakness, at ...Read More

Mtg Purchase Apps, Arch. Billings, Japan Exports, Bernie Article

After the up and down in front of the change in regulations new purchase apps are, so far, lower than before: Fits with the permit spike/decline story, and there was also this note: The multi-family residential market was negative for the eighth consecutive month – and this might be indicating a slowdown ...Read More

Exports, Bank Revenues, Chips, Japan, Mtg Purchase Apps, Oil Comment

At U.S. Ports, Exports Are Coming Up Empty Oct 13 (WSJ) — In September, the Port of Long Beach Calif. handled 197,076 outbound empty boxes. September was the eighth straight month in which empty containers leaving Long Beach outnumbered those loaded with exports. Last month, however, Long Beach and the Port of ...Read More

German Trade, Japan

Exports down but so are imports, indicating a weak global economy and continued euro support from trade net flows: Germany : Merchandise Trade German exports plunge at fastest pace since global financial crisis Oct 8 (Reuters) — German exports plunged in August. Data from the Federal Statistics Office showed seasonally-adjusted exports sliding ...Read More

Dallas Fed, Chicago PMI, Japan Industrial Production, Italy Retail Sales, Comments on GDI and GDP

Shockingly negative: Dallas Fed Mfg Survey Not so good: Chicago PMI Highlights The headline for August looks solid, at 54.4 for the Chicago PMI, but the details look weak. New orders and production both slowed and order backlogs fell into deeper contraction. Employment contracted for a fourth straight month while prices paid ...Read More

Personal Income and Outlays, Consumer Sentiment, Japan Household Spending, China Profits

Everything pretty much as expected and the same, helped by vehicle sales which are both volatile and leveling off: United States : Personal Income and Outlays Highlights There’s no hurry for a rate hike based on the July personal income and outlays report where inflation readings are very quiet. Core PCE prices ...Read More

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

Fed white paper, building permits, transport charts, Japan trade

So someone on high sees it much like I do… ;) In a white paper dissecting the U.S. central bank’s actions to stem the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009, Stephen D. Williamson, vice president of the St. Louis Fed, finds fault with three key policy tenets. Specifically, he believes the zero ...Read More

Retail Sales, Jobless Claims, Import Export Prices, Business Inventories, Japan Machine Orders, Freight Transportation, Gas Prices

This is being touted as a strong report, but, again, looks to me like it’s dropped since year end and at best is moving sideways from there, and not to forget that a large share of auto sales are imports. But I do agree the Fed is heck bent on raising rates ...Read More