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22 мая, 03:14

Wednesday: FOMC Minutes

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Wednesday:• At 7:00 AM ET, The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.• During the day, The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for April (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).• At 2:00 PM, FOMC Minutes, Meeting of April 30-May 1, 2019

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21 мая, 23:07

Chemical Activity Barometer Increased Slightly in May

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Note: This appears to be a leading indicator for industrial production.From the American Chemistry Council: Chemical Activity Barometer Shows Third Monthly Gain in MayThe Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), rose 0.4 percent in May on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis, the third monthly gain after several weak months. On a year-over-year (Y/Y) basis, the barometer is up 0.5 percent (3MMA)...."Year-earlier comparisons have turned positive in recent months, and while trade tensions, slowing economic growth overseas, and soft economic reports in the U.S. have created uncertainty that has weighed on business investment, the CAB signals gains in U.S. commercial and industrial activity through mid-2019, albeit at a moderate pace,” said Kevin Swift, chief economist at ACC. “There is some possibility of improving activity in the closing months of the year.”...Applying the CAB back to 1912, it has been shown to provide a lead of two to fourteen months, with an average lead of eight months at cycle peaks as determined by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The median lead was also eight months. At business cycle troughs, the CAB leads by one to seven months, with an average lead of four months. The median lead was three months. The CAB is rebased to the average lead (in months) of an average 100 in the base year (the year 2012 was used) of a reference time series. The latter is the Federal Reserve’s Industrial Production Index.emphasis added Click on graph for larger image.This graph shows the year-over-year change in the 3-month moving average for the Chemical Activity Barometer compared to Industrial Production.  It does appear that CAB (red) generally leads Industrial Production (blue).The year-over-year increase in the CAB suggests that the YoY increase in industrial production will probably slow further.

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21 мая, 20:28

Comments on April Existing Home Sales

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Earlier: NAR: Existing-Home Sales Decreased to 5.19 million in AprilA few key points:1) The key for housing - and the overall economy - is new home sales, single family housing starts and overall residential investment. Overall, this is still a somewhat reasonable level for existing home sales.  No worries.2) Inventory is still low, and was only up 1.7% year-over-year (YoY) in April. This was the ninth consecutive month with a year-over-year increase in inventory, although the YoY increase was smaller in April than in the six previous months.Click on graph for larger image.3) Year-to-date sales are down about 4.9% compared to the same period in 2018.   On an annual basis, that would put sales around 5.1 million in 2019.  Sales slumped at the end of 2018 and in January 2019 due to higher mortgage rates, the stock market selloff, and fears of an economic slowdown (unfounded).The comparisons will be easier towards the end of the year.The second graph shows existing home sales Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA).Sales NSA in April (455,000, red column) were below sales in April 2018 (460,000, NSA), but sales were higher than in April 2017..

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21 мая, 17:11

NAR: Existing-Home Sales Decreased to 5.19 million in April

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From the NAR: Existing-Home Sales Inch Back 0.4% in AprilExisting-home sales saw a minor decline in April, continuing March’s drop in sales, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Two of the four major U.S. regions saw a slight dip in sales, while the West saw growth and the Midwest essentially bore no changes last month.Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, fell 0.4% from March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.19 million in April. Total sales are down 4.4% from a year ago (5.43 million in April 2018)....Total housing inventory at the end of April increased to 1.83 million, up from 1.67 million existing homes available for sale in March and a 1.7% increase from 1.80 million a year ago. Unsold inventory is at a 4.2-month supply at the current sales pace, up from 3.8 months in March and up from 4.0 months in April 2018.emphasis addedClick on graph for larger image.This graph shows existing home sales, on a Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) basis since 1993. Sales in April (5.19 million SAAR) were down 0.4% from last month, and were 4.4% below the April 2018 sales rate.The second graph shows nationwide inventory for existing homes.According to the NAR, inventory increased to 1.83 million in April from 1.67 million in March.   Headline inventory is not seasonally adjusted, and inventory usually decreases to the seasonal lows in December and January, and peaks in mid-to-late summer.The last graph shows the year-over-year (YoY) change in reported existing home inventory and months-of-supply. Since inventory is not seasonally adjusted, it really helps to look at the YoY change. Note: Months-of-supply is based on the seasonally adjusted sales and not seasonally adjusted inventory. Inventory was up 1.7% year-over-year in April compared to April 2018. Months of supply was at 4.2 months in April. This was below the consensus forecast.  For existing home sales, a key number is inventory - and inventory is still low. I'll have more later …

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21 мая, 15:51

Black Knight: National Mortgage Delinquency Rate Decreased to Record Low in April

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From Black Knight: Black Knight’s First Look: Strong April Mortgage Performance Pushes National Delinquency Rate to New Record Low; Prepayment Activity Continues to Rise• Following a slow start to the year, the national delinquency rate fell by more than 5% month-over-month; at 3.47%, it is now at its lowest level on record dating back to 2000• Serious delinquencies – loans 90 or more days past due, but not yet in foreclosure – fell to 474,000, marking a 124,000 year-over-year decline and a 12-year low• While monthly foreclosure starts edged up slightly from March’s 18-year low, the number of loans in active foreclosure continued to shrink, hitting a more than 13-year low in April• Prepayment activity continues to press upward, driven by a combination of low interest rates and seasonal increases in home sale activity• The prepayment rate on first-lien mortgages rose 17% from March, bringing the three-month aggregate increase to 67%According to Black Knight's First Look report for April, the percent of loans delinquent decreased 5.0% in April compared to March, and decreased 5.4% year-over-year.The percent of loans in the foreclosure process decreased 2.2% in April and were down 18.8% over the last year. Black Knight reported the U.S. mortgage delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure) was 3.47% in April, down from 3.65% in March.The percent of loans in the foreclosure process decreased slightly in April to 0.50% from 0.51% in March. The number of delinquent properties, but not in foreclosure, is down 73,000 properties year-over-year, and the number of properties in the foreclosure process is down 55,000 properties year-over-year.Black Knight: Percent Loans Delinquent and in Foreclosure Process  Apr2019Mar2019Apr2018Apr2017Delinquent3.47%3.65%3.67%4.08%In Foreclosure0.50%0.51%0.61%0.85%Number of properties:Number of properties that are delinquent, but not in foreclosure:1,812,0001,903,0001,885,0002,072,000Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory:259,000264,000314,000433,000Total Properties2,072,0002,167,0002,199,0002,505,000

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21 мая, 01:40

Tuesday: Existing Home Sales

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From Matthew Graham at Mortgage News Daily: Mortgage Rates Mostly Hold Near Lows, But Things Could Change TomorrowMuch of the credit for the recent drop in rates goes to the well-publicized trade tensions between the US and China. As the cycle of inflammatory headlines dies down, so too does the motivation for interest rates to remain as low as they have been. Granted, this is far from the only source of inspiration for interest rate movement, but it has probably been the biggest motivation over the past 2 weeks. [30YR FIXED - 4.0% - 4.125%]emphasis addedTuesday:• At 10:00 AM ET, Existing Home Sales for April from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.36 million SAAR, up from 5.21 million. Housing economist Tom Lawler expects the NAR to report sales of 5.31 million SAAR for April.

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20 мая, 22:03

The Changing Mix of Light Vehicle Sales

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SUVs to the left of me, SUVs to the right.  It made me look at the changing mix of vehicle sales over time (between passenger cars and light trucks / SUVs).The first graph below shows the mix of sales since 1976 (Blue is cars, Red is light trucks and SUVs).Click on graph for larger image.The mix has changed significantly. Back in 1976, most light vehicles were passenger cars - however car sales have trended down over time.Note that the big dips in sales are related to economic recessions (early '80s, early '90s, and the Great Recession of 2007 through mid-2009).The second graph shows the percent of light vehicle sales between passenger cars and trucks / SUVs.Over time the mix has changed toward more and more light trucks and SUVs.Only when oil prices are high, does the trend slow or reverse.Recently oil prices have been somewhat steady, and the percent of light trucks and SUVs is up to 71%.

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20 мая, 17:46

Quarterly Housing Starts by Intent

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Here is a graph I haven't updated in some time. From the Census Bureau "Started and Completed by Purpose of Construction" through Q1 2019.This graph shows the NSA quarterly intent for four start categories since 1975: single family built for sale, owner built (includes contractor built for owner), starts built for rent, and condos built for sale.Click on graph for larger image.Single family starts built for sale were down about 4% in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018. Owner built starts were down about 6.5% year-over-year.And condos built for sale not far above the record low.The 'units built for rent' (blue) had increased significantly following the great recession, but are now moving mostly sideways - and were down 18% in Q1 2019 compared to Q1 2018.

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20 мая, 15:54

Chicago Fed "Index Points to Slower Economic Growth in April"

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From the Chicago Fed: Index Points to Slower Economic Growth in AprilLed by declines in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) fell to –0.45 in April from +0.05 in March. Three of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index decreased from March, and two of the four categories made negative contributions to the index in April. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved down to –0.32 in April from –0.24 in March.emphasis addedThis graph shows the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (three month moving average) since 1967. Click on graph for larger image.This suggests economic activity was below the historical trend in April (using the three-month average).According to the Chicago Fed:The index is a weighted average of 85 indicators of growth in national economic activity drawn from four broad categories of data: 1) production and income; 2) employment, unemployment, and hours; 3) personal consumption and housing; and 4) sales, orders, and inventories....A zero value for the monthly index has been associated with the national economy expanding at its historical trend (average) rate of growth; negative values with below-average growth (in standard deviation units); and positive values with above-average growth.

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20 мая, 03:05

Sunday Night Futures

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Weekend:• Schedule for Week of May 19, 2019Monday:• 8:30 AM ET, Chicago Fed National Activity Index for April. This is a composite index of other data.From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: S&P 500 are up 8 and DOW futures are up 88 (fair value).Oil prices were up over the last week with WTI futures at $63.35 per barrel and Brent at $72.85 per barrel.  A year ago, WTI was at $71, and Brent was at $78 - so oil prices are down about 10% year-over-year. Here is a graph from Gasbuddy.com for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are at $2.84 per gallon. A year ago prices were at $2.92 per gallon, so gasoline prices are down 8 cents per gallon year-over-year.

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19 мая, 19:07

Hotels: Occupancy Rate Decreased Slightly Year-over-year

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From HotelNewsNow.com: STR: US hotel results for week ending 11 MayThe U.S. hotel industry reported mostly positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 5-11 May 2019, according to data from STR.In comparison with the week of 6-12 May 2018, the industry recorded the following:• Occupancy: -0.3% to 68.3%• Average daily rate (ADR): +1.2% to US$131.72• Revenue per available room (RevPAR): +0.9% to US$89.94emphasis 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 2019, dash light blue is 2018, blue is the median, and black is for 2009 (the worst year probably since the Great Depression for hotels).A decent start for 2019, close - to-date - compared to the previous 4 years.Seasonally, the occupancy rate will mostly move sideways during the Spring, and then increase during the Summer travel season.Data Source: STR, Courtesy of HotelNewsNow.com

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18 мая, 15:11

Schedule for Week of May 19, 2019

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The key reports this week are April New and Existing Home Sales.For manufacturing, the May Kansas City manufacturing survey will be released.----- Monday, May 20th -----8:30 AM ET: Chicago Fed National Activity Index for April. This is a composite index of other data.----- Tuesday, May 21st -----10:00 AM: Existing Home Sales for April from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). The consensus is for 5.36 million SAAR, up from 5.21 million.The graph shows existing home sales from 1994 through the report last month.Housing economist Tom Lawler expects the NAR to report sales of 5.31 million SAAR for March.----- Wednesday, May 22nd -----7:00 AM ET: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.During the day: The AIA's Architecture Billings Index for April (a leading indicator for commercial real estate).2:00 PM: FOMC Minutes, Meeting of April 30-May 1, 2019----- Thursday, May 23rd -----8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 217 thousand initial claims, up from 212 thousand last week.10:00 AM: New Home Sales for April from the Census Bureau. This graph shows New Home Sales since 1963. The dashed line is the sales rate for last month.The consensus is for 678 thousand SAAR, down from 692 thousand in March.11:00 AM: the Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for May.----- Friday, May 24th -----8:30 AM: Durable Goods Orders for April from the Census Bureau. The consensus is for a 2.0% decrease in durable goods orders.