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Factory Orders (January 2019) - Factory Orders month/month +0.1%. Previous was +0.1%. Tiny gains in December and January after 2 months of losses. There is weakness in the blue collar sector. This is another sign of slow GDP growth,. Redbook... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at <!-- Mortgages -->
Housing Market Index (March 2019) - Housing Market Index 62. Previous was 62 This is a survey index of homebuilders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders assessing their confidence entails substantial risks hiomebuilders need to be confident that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at <!-- Mortgages -->
Industrial Production (February 2019) - Production month/month 0.1%. Previous was -0.4% - Manufacturing month/month 0.4%. Previous was -0.5% - Capacity Utilization Rate 78.2%. Previous was 78.3% Industrial Production included utility output which was +3.7% due to very cold weather. Consumer... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at <!-- Mortgages -->
Initial Jobless Claims (week ended 3/9/2019) - New Claims seasonally adjusted 229,000. Previous was 223,000 - New Claims unadjusted, totaled 208,782 a decrease of 11,801 from previous - 4-week Moving Average seasonally adjusted 223,750. Previous was 226,250 Import and Export... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 3/8/2019) - Purchase Index week/week +4.0%. Previous weeks were -3.0%, +6.0%, +1.7%, -6.0%, -5.0%, -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, and +1.0% - Refinance Index Week/Week -0.2%. Previous weeks were -2.0%, +5.0%., +6.4%, -0.1%,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at <!-- Mortgages -->
CPI (February 2019) - CPI month/month 0.2%. Previous was +0.0% - CPI year/year 1.5%. Previous was +1.6% - CPI less food & energy month/month 0.1%. Previous was +0.2% - CPI less food & energy year/year 2.1%. Previous was +2.2% Core... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at <!-- Mortgages -->
Retail Sales (January 2019) - Retail Sales month/month 0.2%. Previous was -1.6% - Retail Sales less autos month/month 0.9%. Previous was -2.1% - Retail Sales core, Less Autos & Gas month/month 1.2%. Previous was -1.6% The January gain was offset... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
BLS Employment Situation Report (February 2018) - Nonfarm Payrolls month/month 20,000. Previous was 311,000 - Unemployment Rate 3.8%. Previous was 3.9% - Private Payrolls month/month 25,000. Previous was 308,000 - Manufacturing Payrolls month/month 4,000. Previous was - Labor Participation Rate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Challenger Job-Cut Report (February 2019) - Announced Layoffs 76,835. Previous was 52,988 This is a 3.5 year high. This is not just about retail outlets closing. There were 29,665 announced layoffs in Industrial Goods. Details are in this PDF file:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 3/1/2019) - Purchase Index week/week -3.0%. Previous weeks were +6.0%, +1.7%, -6.0%, -5.0%, -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, +1.0%, and +9.0% - Refinance Index Week/Week -2.0% Previous weeks were +5.0%., +6.4%, -0.1%, +0.3%,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Redbook Chain Store Sales (week ended 3/2/2-19) - Store Sales year/year 4.2%. Previous was 5.2% This only compares outlets which were open last week and also open a year previous. In one 24-hour period last week, Gap, J.C. Penney, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Construction Spending (December 2018) - Construction Spending month/month -0.6%. Previous was +0.9% - Construction Spending year/year 1.6%. Previous was 3.4% The bad news for the mortgage business is that the overall decline stems from a 3.2% drop in spending on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Personal Income and Outlays (December 2018) - Personal Income month/month 1.0%. Previous was 0.3% - Consumer Spending month/month -0.5%. Previous was 0.6% - PCE Price Index month/month 0.1%. Previous was 0.0% - Core PCE price index month/month 0.2%. Previous was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 2/23/2019) - Purchase Index week/week +6.0%. Previous weeks were +1.7%, -6.0%, -5.0%, -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, +1.0%, +9.0%, and +3.0% - Refinance Index Week/Week +5.0%. Previous weeks were +6.4%, -0.1%, +0.3%, -6.0%,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Housing Starts (December 2018) - Starts seasonally adjusted, annualized rate 1,078,000. Previous was 1,214,000 - Permits seasonally adjusted, annualized rate 1,326,000. Previous was 1,322,000 The headline number is very low. As usual there are explanations/excuses. The biggest drop was in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Chicago Federal Reserve National Activity Index (January 2019) - Level -0.43. Previous was 0.05 Wholesale Trade (December 2018) - Inventories month./month 1.1%. Previous was +0.4%. This is a component of 4thQ2018GDP Dallas Federal Reserve Manufacturing Survey (February 2019) - General... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Durable Goods Orders (December 2018) - New Orders month/month 1.2%. Previous was +0.7% - Ex-transportation month/month 0.1%. Previous was -0.2% - Core capital goods month/month -0.7%. Previous was -1.0% Headline includes aircraft which creates an unrealistic view. The decline in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 2/16/2019) - Purchase Index week/week +1.7%. Previous weeks were -6.0%, -5.0%, -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, +1.0%, +9.0%, +3.0%, and -2.3% - Refinance Index Week/Week +6.4%. Previous weeks were -0.1%, +0.3%, -6.0%, -5.0%,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Housing Market Index (February 2019) - Housing Market Index 62. Previous was 58. This is a survey index conducted by the National Association of Home Builders. It took an 8 point drop in November but has recovered the past two... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Import and Export Prices (January 2019) - Import Prices month/month -0.5%. Previous was -1.0% - Export Prices month/month -0.6%. Previous was -0.6% - Import Prices year/year -1.7%. Previous was -0.6% - Export Prices year/year -0.2%. Previous was 1.1% Excluding oil.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
Initial Jobless Claims (week ended 2/9/2019) - New Claims seasonally adjusted 239,000. Previous was 235,000 - New Claims unadjusted, totaled 242,257 a decrease of 12,079 from previous - 4-week Moving Average 231,750. Previous was 225,000 PPI (January 2019) - PI... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 2/9/2019) - Purchase Index week/week -6.0%. Previous weeks were -5.0%, -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, +1.0%, +9.0%, +3.0%, -2.3%, and -5.0%, - Refinance Index Week/Week -0.1%. Previous weeks were +0.3%, -6.0%, -5.0%, +19.0%,+35.0%,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
NFIB Small Business Optimism Index (January 2019) level 101.2. Previous was 104.4 Redbook Chain Store Sales (week ended 2/9/2019) - Same Store Sales year/year 4.6%. Previous was 5.7% JOLTS (December 2018) - Job Openings 7,335,000. Previous was 7,116,000 There are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
February 7, 2019 Initial Jobless Claims week ended 2/2/2019 - Initial Jobless Claims seasonally adjusted 234,000. Previous was 253,000 - Initial Jobless Claims not seasonally adjusted totaled 253,410 an increase of 2,589 from previous - 4-week Moving Average seasonally adjusted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->
MBA Mortgage Applications (week ended 2/1/2019) - Purchase Index week/Week -5.0%. Previous weeks were -2.0%, -2.0%, +9.0%, +17.0%. -8.2%, -7.0%, +3.0%, +1.0%, +9.0%, +3.0%, -2.3%, -5.0%, and -2.0% - Refinance Index Week/Week +0.3%. Previous weeks were -6.0%, -5.0%, +19.0%,+35.0%, -12.3%,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at <!-- Mortgages -->