Carlin: Wall Street Owns Washington

Taper Time – No matter what the Fed says today, markets are probably going to get crazy

This morning, the S&P 500 Index e-mini futures (ES-U3) are trading higher by just 0.50 points to 1705.50 per contract. Most institutional traders and investors are eagerly awaiting the FOMC announcement. Later today, the Federal Reserve is expected to start tapering its QE-3 program. QE-3 is a program where the central bank buys $85 billion a month of U.S. treasuries and mortgage backed securities. How much money will the Federal […]

“Crash Alert”! S&P 500 Fell 50% Last Two Times Margin Debt Was This High! Bank of America: Three “Shocks” That Could Set Off The Next Crisis

Bank Of America: “We Hope None Of These Three Shocks Reaches A Crisis Level”

…Unfortunately, we seem to be entering another of those periods of elevated risk. Three concerns are emerging.

Interest rate shock: The Fed’s tapering talk has caused about a 100 bp rise in longer term interest rates. Clearly this puts economists on high alert for signs of weakness in interest-sensitive sectors such as autos, housing, and capital goods investment. On […]

The U.S. ‘Recovery’ Is Coming To An End?

Nearly half of modified mortgages are in default

 

Nearly half of the mortgages modified in 2009 under the Obama administration’s signature homeowner rescue effort are in default again, according to a report on Wednesday that raised concerns about the program’s effectiveness.

 

The report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the watchdog for the aid effort, said 46 percent of the struggling homeowners who received loan modifications […]

While homebuilder confidence has been coming in strong, we’ve had some disappointing housing data more recently

The FHFA home price index climbed 0.7% month-over-month in May.

 

This was just shy of expectations for a 0.8% rise.

Meanwhile, April’s reading was revised down to show a 0.5% rise in the HPI, down from an initial estimate of 0.7%.

While homebuilder confidence has been coming in strong, we’ve had some disappointing housing data more recently.

Housing starts fell in June and the previous month’s numbers were revised down as well. Existing home sales missed expectations as well. […]

This Week’s Economic Data Was Okay, But Two Big Leading Indicators Have Turned Negative

May monthly data reported this past week included the Index of Leading Indicators, up 0.1 and showing no imminent recession, the Empire State and Philly manufacturing indexes, both of which improved, consumer prices up slightly, housing starts and existing home sales up, and permits down. The 6 month trend in housing is up, but at a more muted pace than over the previous year.

Prof. Geoffrey Moore identified 4 long leading […]

Pettis on China, Europe, Japan: Bad News for Those Looking for Growth

Via email here is another update from Michael Pettis at China Financial Markets. What follows is from Michael Pettis.

Special points

Europe is attempting to resolve domestic imbalances by forcing them onto their trade partners. This will end badly, especially for Germany.
China’s new lending, exports, investment, housing starts and GDP growth all continued to slow in May. Many of the numbers came in well below market expectations.
This is par for the course. Although we […]

Suddenly Everyone Sells Everything For Dollars: Stocks Fall, Oil Tanks, Gold Gets Crushed, Volume Exploded. Fed Officials Divided On Future of QE. Is the Big Reset Imminent?

STOCKS FALL, OIL TANKS, GOLD GETS CRUSHED: Here’s What You Need To Know

Things got ugly.

 

First the scoreboard:

Dow: 13,927, -108.1 pts, -0.7 percent
S&P 500: 1,511, -18.9 pts, -1.2 percent
NASDAQ: 3,164. -49.1 pts, -1.5 percent

And now the top stories:

There was a hodge-podge of news today, and for the most part it was negative.
Housing starts dropped 8.5 percent to 890k from last month’s reading of 973k.  This was much worse than the 920k level […]

GOLDMAN PRESENTS: A Roadmap For Weak First Quarter Growth

We got another bout of strong data today.

Initial claims came in well below expectations.

And housing starts came in well above expectations. Housing is the primary bullish tailwind for the US economy, so this is particularly gratifying.

That being said, the economy is not growing blazing fast just yet.

In a note out this morning, Goldman’s Shuyan Wu presents a note titled A Roadmap For Slow Growth In Q1.

Goldman expects growth of 1.5%, and […]

Shiller – Housing Market Could Take 50 Years to Fully Recover

From housing starts to home prices, renowned economist Robert Shiller acknowledged “there are a lot of positive signs” for the U.S. housing market right now, but told CNBC Wednesday it’s still unclear if a recovery is actually in place.

After all, Shiller noted the housing futures market for single-family homes was only “mildly optimistic” before superstorm Sandy struck the U.S.’s East Coast with expectations for just 3 percent growth per year over the next four […]

Must-read: Don’t let anyone tell you Hurricane Sandy will be good for the economy – Bloomberg

From Bloomberg:

Before the nonsense gets too far out of hand, let’s review very briefly why natural disasters aren’t a net plus for an economy.

Don’t laugh. Every time some region of the world suffers the ravages of nature, economists pump out silly reports outlining the benefits.

They all read pretty much the same:

“While said hurricane/tornado/tsunami/flood affected millions of people, disrupted the normal flow of activity and caused tens of billions of dollars […]

Housing Starts Drop, Permits Jump; Jobless Claims Rise

Groundbreaking on new U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in July and gains from the prior month were revised lower, a reminder of the housing markets weakness despite some recent signs of recovery.

The Commerce Department said on Thursday that housing starts dropped 1.1 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 746,000 units.

The reading, which is prone to significant revisions, was below the median forecast in a Reuters poll of […]

Promises to build houses soar as actual holes dug plunge!

Housing Starts MISS EXPECTATIONS, Fall To 708K (Exp. 722K)

UPDATE:

 

Housing starts declined 4.8 percent to an annualized pace of 708,000, even as building permits sharply outpaced expectations, jumping to 780,000.

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