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Strong looking October new home sales and durable goods orders data are misleading
Home sales and prices have further to fall and the trend in core capex orders has slowed markedly.
The upturn in jobless claims is a better guide to what’s really happening; the economy is softening.
Key regional surveys now show that supply conditions have improved enough to push down margins.
The upturn in jobless claims since the spring is overstated by seasonal problems; the labor market is fine.
Capital goods orders are rising at a decent, steady pace, but inflation is offsetting the gains, for now.
Holding up, despite weaker capex plans in business surveys
Business lending standards are tightening, but credit growth is still strong, for now.
Plunging new home sales are dragging down prices, and hurting service sector activity surveys.
Upside risk for July durable goods orders today, but the housing collapse is worsening by the month.
Net trade and inventories look set to drive up Q3 GDP growth; we tentatively look for about 5%.
Imports are falling as demand for inventories fades; retailers over-ordered and now have excess inventory.
New home sales likely fell again in July, and prices are now under severe pressure as supply mounts.
The drop in home sales will depress spending on housing-related items, but they’re only 3% of GDP.
The rebound in the Philly Fed contradicts the plunge in the Empire State index; regional surveys are noisy.
The upward trend in jobless claims has slowed, and they remain extremely low.
Payroll growth looks to have slowed to about 250K in July, continuing the slowing trend.
The Q2 employment costs index should show that wage growth has softened markedly.
GDP growth likely will rebound in Q3, but final demand will be weak; that matters more to the Fed.
The Fed followed the script, but Chair Powell was careful to avoid making predictions for September.
With eight weeks of softer data to come before the next meeting, we think 50bp is a solid September bet.
The economy likely shrank at a 0.5% rate in the second quarter, thanks entirely to a swing in inventories.
CPI rents are accelerating, but not for much longer, given the sharp slowing in asking rents.
Rising supply of homes for sale will also release supply in rental markets; landlords’ margins will fall.
The Philly Fed likely has hit bottom, but the bigger story is the rapid improvement of supply constraints.
Home prices are falling; don’t be deceived by the high year-over-year rate...
Plunging sales and soaring inventory will drive a shift to a new, lower equilibrium level of prices.
Expect a modest bounce in the July Philly Fed, and further signs of easing supply constraints.
Capital spending plans have been slashed since the invasion of Ukraine and the surge in rates...
But the fundamental need to rebuild the capital stock remains urgent; look for a late summer rebound.
Homebuilders have finally got the message; demand has tanked, and construction has to fall sharply.
Homebase suggests payrolls rose about 225K, provided the seasonal adjustment behaves.
We expect further confirmation that wage growth has slowed, consistent with survey evidence.
The drop in stock prices likely will lift participation among older people, given the hit to their 401(k)s.
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