Oil Archive

Atlanta Fed, Italy trade, mtg purchase apps, oil prices

Up some then back down some, still at a very low rate off of a negative Q1: Down a bit but still positive, as is most all of the euro zone now with the euro at current levels: Italy : Merchandise Trade Highlights The seasonally adjusted trade balance was in a E3.5 ...Read More

Saudi output, Greek statement, EU pmi

Saudi output up a bit. As they post prices and let their refiners buy all they want at those prices, this shows demand is up a bit, likely because of a supply disruption elsewhere, like Libya, for example: As suggested all along: In an interview with Realnews newspaper published on Saturday, Economy ...Read More

macro update

At the beginning of 2013 the US let the FICA tax reduction and some of the Bush tax cuts expire and then in April the sequesters kicked totally some $250 billion of proactive deficit reduction. This cut 2013 growth from what might have been 4% to just over half that, peaking in ...Read More

Restaurant Index, credit check, personal rental income, oil investment

Although a majority of restaurant operators reported higher same-store sales in March, customer traffic levels were somewhat dampened,” said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the Association. “Looking forward, restaurant operators remain solidly optimistic about future business conditions, with six in 10 expecting to have higher ...Read More

Atlanta Fed, Japan and China, rail car traffic, Saudi output

Currently a .9 forecast for Q2, well below other estimates again: More global deceleration: Japan : Household Spending Highlights Household spending declined for a twelfth straight month in March. On the year, spending was down 10.6 percent after sliding 2.9 percent in January. Consumption has been weak since last April when Japan ...Read More

RT interview

My interview starts at 3:30 ...Read More

PMI’s, Housing sales data, Yellon on oil

A few more PMI’s showing weakness: Japan : PMI Manufacturing Index Flash Highlights Manufacturing weakened for a third consecutive month. The flash April manufacturing PMI reading was 49.7, down from 50.3 in March. A reading below 50 indicates contraction. The output index also slipped below 50 to a reading of 49.7, down ...Read More

So Cal home sales, Carter and the inflation of the 70’s

Up a bit vs March last year so no boom yet: CoreLogic (formerly DataQuick data): SoCal sales up 5.0% Year-over-year By Bill McBride April 20 (Calculated Risk) — CoreLogic released the Southern California report today for March (CoreLogic acquired DataQuick). The data shows 18,156 new and resale houses and condos sold in ...Read More

Saudi output

Saudis set price and let their clients buy all they want at the price settings, so their output continually adjusts to equal global demand net of all others producers. What’s clear is that said net global demand has fluctuated very little, obviating the notion that the price collapse was somehow a function ...Read More

Chicago Fed, Existing home sales

More bad new, and, again consumption down even with lower gas prices: Chicago Fed National Activity Index Highlights The economy has indeed gotten off to a slow start this year, confirmed by the national activity index which came in at minus 0.11 in February vs minus 0.10 in January. The 3-month average ...Read More