Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sunday Night Futures

by Bill McBride on 12/28/2014 08:25:00 PM

From the WSJ: Need a Raise in 2015? Try Changing Jobs

In an economic recovery weighed down by subdued income growth for most Americans, a Kansas City Fed paper suggests those who are moving on to new jobs are better able to negotiate pay increases.

By focusing on job “switchers,” Kansas City Fed economist José Mustre-del-Río says he is able to get a better sense of present wage conditions.

“Unlike wages of stayers, wages of switchers are much more cyclically sensitive, as contracts signed with new employers are more likely to reflect current economic conditions,” he writes in a research note. “We find that switchers’ wage growth has been quite strong the past several quarters as the labor market continues to tighten.”

For instance, job switchers’ average wage growth rose from around 4.3% per quarter in the first quarter of 2013 to 5.6% in the third quarter of 2014, the study found. Those changing jobs in leisure and hospitality experienced average wage growth of 7.7%, well above a the 2% experience by the average worker last year and that has kept consumers barely keeping pace with inflation.
Monday:
• At 10:30 AM ET, the Dallas Fed Manufacturing Survey for December. This is the last of the regional Fed surveys for December.

Weekend:
Schedule for Week of December 28th

Question #7 for 2015: What about oil prices in 2015?

Question #8 for 2015: How much will Residential Investment increase?

Question #9 for 2015: What will happen with house prices in 2015?

Question #10 for 2015: How much will housing inventory increase in 2015?

From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: currently the S&P futures are up 3 and DOW futures are up 30 (fair value).

Oil prices were down over the last week with WTI futures at $55.48 per barrel and Brent at $60.01 per barrel.  A year ago, WTI was at $99, and Brent was at $112 - so prices are down 44% and 46% year-over-year respectively.

Below is a graph from Gasbuddy.com for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are around $2.29 per gallon (down about $1.00 per gallon from a year ago).  If you click on "show crude oil prices", the graph displays oil prices for WTI, not Brent; gasoline prices in most of the U.S. are impacted more by Brent prices.



Orange County Historical Gas Price Charts Provided by GasBuddy.com