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

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

housing starts, redbook retail sales

Permits always lead, as there are no starts without permits. And in NY it was the rush to get multi family permits in before June 15 when a tax break expired is what caused the prior surge in permits and some starts as well and is now reversing: Housing Starts Highlights Building ...Read More

Empire manufacturing, housing market index, EU merchandise trade

The lack of support from the lost oil capex continues to ripple out: United States : Empire State Mfg Survey Highlights Out of the blue, the Empire State index has plunged deeply into negative column this month, to minus 14.92 in August vs plus 3.86 in July. This is by far the ...Read More

Credit check, gov employees

Another boring week here with no sign of acceleration or even ‘some’ improvement: Thought I’d throw this in for those of you worrying about out of control growth of govt payrolls: ...Read More

Producer Prices, Industrial Production, Rail Traffic, Container Exports

This is not a reason to hike rates, but the Fed has other reasons beginning with their mistaken belief that the current policy is ‘highly accommodative’ and potentially inflationary, etc. etc. etc. when the opposite is the actual case: Up a bit more than expected, but all due to auto production, and ...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

MTG Purchase Apps, EU Industrial Production, China Industrial Production, JOLTS

Yes, purchase apps are up 20% vs last year, but you can see from the chart the number of applications has leveled off and declined a bit more recently this year, and remains at depressed levels: The slump in industrial production is global: European Union : Industrial Production Highlights Industrial production declined ...Read More

China, Germany, Productivity, NFIB Index, Redbook, Wholesale Trade

A few thoughts: China’s US Tsy holding had been falling perhaps because they were selling $ to buy Yuan to keep it within in the prior band. Pretty much all exporting nation’s currencies have already weakened vs the $, including the Yen and Euro, so this is a bit of a ‘catch ...Read More