201507.02
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One Of These PMI’s Is Not Like The Others

The ISM Manufacturing PMI for June was up to 53.5 which was the best monthly showing this year. That has been taken as inarguable insistence that the US factory sector is doing what economists expect, even though 53.5 is significantly below both June 2014 and the 12-month average (which includes four months beginning February below…

201507.02
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Factory Orders Fall Now 8%; Economists Unconvinced

While the payroll report commands almost all attention, the view from factory orders is simply much more significant. Even if we accept that payroll growth is steady at something greater than 200k per month, that is still at least two steps removed from actual economic activity as is intended from that same orthodox framework. Jobs…

201507.02
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Pretty Ugly For Employment; Showing Slump

If last month was another perfect payroll month, June was at least its opposite. While the Establishment Survey advanced by more than 200k yet again, the average monthly gains has dipped significantly of late (more on that below). Outside of that, however, it was ugly everywhere. All the upward volatility in the rest of the…

201506.29
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ECB, Monetarism and a Greek Half-Decade

Greece really should not matter, at all, outside of the tragic plight of the Greeks themselves. You’ll see that message echoed particularly inside the US where the status quo takes a contradictory turn toward reasonableness in order to justify further what isn’t. This is all about asset prices and how they have been so skewed…

201506.24
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For Once, BEA Matches Census

The inventory component in GDP, change in private inventories, was revised upward yet again forming the basis for the upward shift to -0.2%. At a $110.7 billion increase, the last four quarters have seen inventory gain by a combined $399 billion. That is the largest nominal expansion in history, and the most gained in terms…

201506.23
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Manufacturing Better Be Isolated Or The Aberration Becomes Universal

Durable goods orders and now shipments continue to be a serious drag on the overall economy. On a year-over-year basis, shipments joined orders in contracting for both durable goods (ex transportation) and capital goods. For some, there was a glimpse of hope in that the seasonally-adjusted category of new orders for capital goods rose in…

201506.22
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The Problem Is Accumulating Accumulation

The home market may literally be testing the notion that interest rate manipulation has the net effect of pulling forward demand. Existing home sales, as tabulated by the National Association of Realtors, surged in May to a new six-year high. That sounds like terrific news about a rebound in the real estate market after quite…

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Liquidity And Manipulated Prices Are Not An Economy And Never Will Be

The Greek drama seems to have reached somewhat of a boundary, with deadlines and credit assistance drawing toward maximums. If this seems more than a little déjà vu that’s because it is an almost exact replay of 2012; all that is missing at this point is another default (debt swap or however it shall be…

201506.18
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GDP Works When There Is Nothing Going On

GDP estimates for Q2 2015 have been rising in June, largely due to updates on consumer and household spending. The first, the Quarterly Services Survey (QSS) showed a somewhat higher spending pattern for financial services (the largest component), which pushed Q2 GDP forecasts (according to the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow tool) to +1.4%. Last week, the…

201506.15
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Redefining Anomaly Through Inventory

While the latest business inventory estimates are not yet updated for May, only through April, there is still a great deal of consistency provided by the top to bottom shifts in the economic supply chain. It usually takes an inventory build of tremendous disproportion to trigger the kinds of cutbacks and downstream negative pressures that…