Friday, October 12, 2012

Misc: Consumer Sentiment increases to 83.1, JPMorgan on Housing

by Bill McBride on 10/12/2012 09:55:00 AM

• JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon on housing:

Importantly, we believe the housing market has turned the corner. In our Mortgage Banking business, we were encouraged that credit trends continued to modestly improve, and, as a result, the Firm reduced the related loan loss reserves by $900 million. Despite this improvement, the absolute level of charge-offs remains elevated. We also expect to see high default-related expense for a while longer.
• The Reuter's/University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (preliminary for October) increased to 83.1. This is the highest level since 2007.  The consensus was for sentiment to be unchanged at 78.3. (I'll post a graph later after I return from housing forum).

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