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16 декабря, 16:12

Sacramento Housing in November: Sales Down 7% YoY, Active Inventory up 23% YoY

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From SacRealtor.org: November 2018 Statistics – Sacramento Housing Market – Single Family Homes, Median sales price increases, sales volume dropsNovember closed with 1,304 sales, a 9.3% decrease from the 1,413 sales of September. Compared to the same month last year (1,396), the current figure is down 6.6%. Of the 1,304 sales this month, 180 (13.8%) used cash financing, 791 (60.7%) used conventional, 225 (17.3%) used FHA, 76 (5.8%) used VA and 32 (2.5%) used Other types of financing....The Active Listing Inventory decreased, dropping 11.3% from 3,060 to 2,714 units. [Note: Compared to November 2017, inventory is up 22.5%] The Months of Inventory remained at 2.1 Months. This figure represents the amount of time (in months) it would take for the current rate of sales to deplete the total active listing inventory. The chart to the right reflects the Months of Inventory in each price range....The Average DOM (days on market) continued its increase, rising from 30 to 36 from October to November. The Median DOM also increased, rising from 19 to 24. “Days on market” represents the days between the initial listing of the home as “active” and the day it goes “pending.” Of the 1,304 sales this month, 59% (770) were on the market for 30 days or less and 81.2% (1,060) were on the market for 60 days or less.emphasis added CR Note: Inventory is still low - months of inventory is at 2.1 months, probably closer to 4 months would be normal - however inventory is up significantly year-over-year in Sacramento.

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15 декабря, 16:11

Schedule for Week of December 16, 2018

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The key economic reports this week are November Housing Starts, Existing Home Sales, the 3rd estimate of Q3 GDP, and November Personal income and outlays.For manufacturing, the December New York, Philly and Kansas City Fed surveys, will be released this week.Also, the FOMC meets this week and is expected to raise the Fed Funds rate 25bps.----- Monday, Dec 17th -----8:30 AM: The New York Fed Empire State manufacturing survey for December. The consensus is for a reading of 21.0, down from 23.3.10:00 AM: The December NAHB homebuilder survey. The consensus is for a reading of  61, up from 60. Any number above 50 indicates that more builders view sales conditions as good than poor.----- Tuesday, Dec 18th -----8:30 AM: Housing Starts for November. This graph shows single and total housing starts since 1968.The consensus is for 1.222 million SAAR, down from 1.228 million SAAR.During the day: The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for November (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).----- Wednesday, Dec 19th -----7:00 AM ET: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.10:00 AM: Existing Home Sales for November from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.19 million SAAR, down from 5.22 million.The graph shows existing home sales from 1994 through the report last month.2:00 PM: FOMC Meeting Announcement. The FOMC is expected to increase the Fed Funds rate 25 bps at this meeting.2:00 PM: FOMC Forecasts This will include the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) participants' projections of the appropriate target federal funds rate along with the quarterly economic projections. 2:30 PM: Fed Chair Jerome Powell holds a press briefing following the FOMC announcement. ----- Thursday, Dec 20th -----8:30 AM ET: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 221 thousand initial claims, up from 206 thousand the previous week.8:30 AM: the Philly Fed manufacturing survey for December. The consensus is for a reading of 17.5, up from 12.9.----- Friday, Dec 21st -----8:30 AM: Durable Goods Orders for November from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for a 1.5% increase in durable goods orders.8:30 AM: Gross Domestic Product, 3nd quarter 2018 (Third estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 3.5% annualized in Q3, unchanged from the second estimate of GDP.8:30 AM: Personal Income and Outlays for November. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in personal income, and for a 0.3% increase in personal spending. And for the Core PCE price index to increase 0.2%.10:00 AM: University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (Final for December). The consensus is for a reading of 97.5.10:00 AM: State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) for November 201811:00 AM: the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for December.

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15 декабря, 03:46

Oil Rigs Declined Slightly, More Expected

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A few comments from Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC on December 14, 2018:• Oil rigs fell, -4 to 873• Horizontal oil rigs also declined, -4 to 767• Breakeven to add rigs fell to around $75 WTI compared to $51.20 WTI on the screen as of the writing of this report.• The model predicts we could see some big rig roll-offs in the next several weeks. An overall decline around 100 horizontal oil rigs by the end of February is not out of the question.Click on graph for larger image.CR note: This graph shows the US horizontal rig count by basin.Graph and comments Courtesy of Steven Kopits of Princeton Energy Advisors LLC.

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15 декабря, 01:44

By Request, and Just For Fun: Stock Market as Barometer of Policy Success

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By request, here is an update to the chart showing market performance under Presidents Trump and Obama.Note: I don't think the stock market is a great measure of policy performance, but some people do - and I'm having a little fun with them.There are some observers who think the stock market is the key barometer of policy success.  My view is there are many measures of success - and that the economy needs to work well for a majority of the people - not just stock investors.However, for example, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was on CNBC on Feb 22, 2017, and was asked if the stock market rally was a vote of confidence in the new administration, he replied: "Absolutely, this is a mark-to-market business, and you see what the market thinks."And Larry Kudlow wrote in 2007: A Stock Market Vote of Confidence for Bush: "I have long believed that stock markets are the best barometer of the health, wealth and security of a nation. And today's stock market message is an unmistakable vote of confidence for the president."Note: Kudlow's comments were made a few months before the market started selling off in the Great Recession. For more on Kudlow, see: Larry Kudlow is usually wrongAnd from White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn on December 20, 2017: "I think there is a lot more momentum in the stock market. ... "The stock market is reflecting the reality of what's going in the business environment today," said Cohn, director of the National Economic Council. "There is going to be a continuation [of the] rally in the equity markets based on real underlying fundamentals of the U.S. economy ... as well as companies having more earnings power because of lower tax rates."For fun, here is a graph comparing S&P500 returns (ex-dividends) under Presidents Trump and Obama: Click on graph for larger image.Blue is for Mr. Obama, Orange is for Mr. Trump.At this point, the S&P500 is up 14% under Mr. Trump - compared to up 54% under Mr. Obama for the same number of market days.

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14 декабря, 20:13

Q4 GDP Forecasts: High 2s

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From Merrill Lynch:Core retail sales popped 0.9% mom in Nov with net upward revisions. Industrial production climbed 0.6% driven by utilities. These data boosted 4Q GDP tracking by 0.4pp to 2.9% qoq saar. [Dec 14 estimate].emphasis addedAnd from the Altanta Fed: GDPNowThe GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the fourth quarter of 2018 is 3.0 percent on December 14, up from 2.4 percent on December 7. The nowcast of fourth-quarter real personal consumption expenditures growth increased from 3.3 percent to 4.1 percent after this morning's retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau and this morning's industrial production release from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. [Dec 14 estimate]From the NY Fed Nowcasting ReportThe New York Fed Staff Nowcast stands at 2.4% for both 2018:Q4 and 2019:Q1. [Dec 14 estimate]CR Note: These early estimates suggest GDP in the high 2s for Q4.

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14 декабря, 17:21

Industrial Production Increased 0.6% in November

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From the Fed: Industrial Production and Capacity UtilizationIndustrial production rose 0.6 percent in November after moving down 0.2 percent in October; the index for October was previously reported to have edged up 0.1 percent. In November, manufacturing production was unchanged, the output of mining increased 1.7 percent, and the index for utilities gained 3.3 percent. At 109.4 percent of its 2012 average, total industrial production was 3.9 percent higher in November than it was a year earlier. Capacity utilization for the industrial sector rose 0.4 percentage point in November to 78.5 percent, a rate that is 1.3 percentage points below its long-run (1972–2017) average. emphasis added Click on graph for larger image.This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 11.8 percentage points from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).Capacity utilization at 78.5% is 1.3% below the average from 1972 to 2017 and below the pre-recession level of 80.8% in December 2007.Note: y-axis doesn't start at zero to better show the change.The second graph shows industrial production since 1967.Industrial production increased in November to 109.4. This is 26% above the recession low, and 4% above the pre-recession peak.The increase in industrial production was above the consensus forecast, however the previous months were revised down.  Capacity utilization was at consensus.

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14 декабря, 16:37

Retail Sales increased 0.2% in November

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On a monthly basis, retail sales increased 0.2 percent from October to November (seasonally adjusted), and sales were up 4.2 percent from November 2017.From the Census Bureau report:Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for November 2018, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $513.5 billion, an increase of 0.2 percent from the previous month, and 4.2 percent above November 2017. Click on graph for larger image.This graph shows retail sales since 1992. This is monthly retail sales and food service, seasonally adjusted (total and ex-gasoline).Retail sales ex-gasoline were up 0.5% in November.The second graph shows the year-over-year change in retail sales and food service (ex-gasoline) since 1993. Retail and Food service sales, ex-gasoline, increased by 3.6% on a YoY basis.The increase in November was slightly above expectations; sales in September were revised down, revised up in October.

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14 декабря, 04:20

Friday: Retail Sales, Industrial Production

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Friday:• At 8:30 AM ET: Retail sales for November will be released.  The consensus is for a 0.1% increase in retail sales.• At 9:15 AM: The Fed will release Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for November. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in Industrial Production, and for Capacity Utilization to increase to 78.5%.

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13 декабря, 22:14

LA area Port Traffic Decreases YoY in November

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Container traffic gives us an idea about the volume of goods being exported and imported - and usually some hints about the trade report since LA area ports handle about 40% of the nation's container port traffic.The following graphs are for inbound and outbound traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in TEUs (TEUs: 20-foot equivalent units or 20-foot-long cargo container). To remove the strong seasonal component for inbound traffic, the first graph shows the rolling 12 month average. Click on graph for larger image.On a rolling 12 month basis, inbound traffic was down 0.5% compared in November to the rolling 12 months ending in October.   Outbound traffic was down 1.0% compared to the rolling 12 months ending in October.The 2nd graph is the monthly data (with a strong seasonal pattern for imports).Usually imports peak in the July to October period as retailers import goods for the Christmas holiday, and then decline sharply and bottom in February or March depending on the timing of the Chinese New Year.In general imports have been increasing, and exports have mostly moved sideways over the last 6 or 7 years.

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13 декабря, 19:03

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Decreased Year-over-year

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From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: US hotel results for week ending 8 DecemberThe U.S. hotel industry reported mixed year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 2-8 December 2018, according to data from STR.In comparison with the week of 3-9 December 2017, the industry recorded the following:• Occupancy: -0.8% to 60.4%• Average daily rate (ADR): +1.3% to US$126.45• Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +0.5% to US$76.38…Houston, Texas, saw the largest decrease in occupancy (-13.4% to 63.6%), which resulted in the second-largest drop in RevPAR (-14.3% to US$69.34).emphasis addedThe following graph shows the seasonal pattern for the hotel occupancy rate using the four week average. Click on graph for larger image.The red line is for 2018, dash light blue is 2017, blue is the median, and black is for 2009 (the worst year probably since the Great Depression for hotels).This is the fourth strong year in a row for hotel occupancy.  The occupancy rate, year-to-date, is just ahead of the record year in 2017.Seasonally, the occupancy rate will now decline through the end of the year.Data Source: STR, Courtesy of HotelNewsNow.com

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13 декабря, 16:34

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decreased to 206,000

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The DOL reported:In the week ending December 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 206,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 2,000 from 231,000 to 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 224,750, a decrease of 3,750 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 228,000 to 228,500. emphasis addedThe previous week was revised up.The following graph shows the 4-week moving average of weekly claims since 1971.Click on graph for larger image.The dashed line on the graph is the current 4-week average. The four-week average of weekly unemployment claims decreased to 224,750.This was much lower than the consensus forecast. The low level of claims suggest few layoffs.

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13 декабря, 03:18

Thursday: Unemployment Claims

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From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Could Go Even HigherMortgage rates rose more noticeably today as a part of a 3 day bounce after hitting the lowest levels in roughly 3 months at the end of last week. Whereas yesterday's increases weren't really worth mentioning, today's hurt--depending on the scenario. [30YR FIXED - 4.75%]emphasis addedThursday:• At 8:30 AM ET: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 228 thousand initial claims, down from 231 thousand the previous week.