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

Industrial production declined more than expected in June. Following a decline of 0.2 percent on the month, output excluding construction dropped 0.4 percent. Annual workday adjusted growth was 1.2 percent, down from 1.6 percent last time.

Durable consumer goods led the monthly declines, falling by2.0 percent from the previous month, followed by capital goods (down 1.8 percent) and intermediate goods (down 0.5 percent). Energy production (up 3.2 percent) was the sole sub-category to record a monthly advance.

Regionally, the biggest declines were seen in Portugal (down 2.1 percent) and Ireland (down 2.0 percent) while the Netherlands (up 3.9 percent) and Slovakia (up 1.4 percent) led to the upside. In the larger countries, Germany’s industrial output contracted 1.4 percent on the month while output in France also weakened 0.1 percent.

The disappointing figures will likely impact analysts’ expectations for Eurostat’s flash estimate of second quarter Eurozone GDP, which is scheduled for Friday.


And the latest from China was below expectations as the downtrend continues:


This turned a bit lower which ordinarily doesn’t mean much, but when the Fed is looking for ‘some’ improvement this is not that:

United States : JOLTS

Job openings contracted in June to 5.249 million from 5.357 million in May. The decline likely reflects, at least in part, new hiring as the hiring rate rose 1 tenth to 3.7 percent. But layoffs point to weakness in labor demand with the layoff rate up 1 tenth to 1.3 percent. The quits rate was unchanged at 1.9 percent. Job growth has been no better than moderate this year and this report, which is mixed, doesn’t point to acceleration.