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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summary and Misc

by Calculated Risk on 6/16/2010 09:29:00 PM

A quick roundup ...

Remember MERS? From American Banker: Challenges to Foreclosure Docs Reach a Fever Pitch (ht Terry)

From HuffPost: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Shares To Be Pulled From NYSE (ht Paulo)

Homebuilder Toll Brothers warns: Demand Choppy, Sales Down

  • Europe News

    From CNBC: Europe Will Soon Publish Bank Stress Tests: ECB Official

    Iceland: Court rules Foreign currency indexed loans illegal

    From the NY Times: France and Spain Act to Rein in Budgets

  • TARP Update

    From Bloomberg: Former Taylor Bean Chief Farkas Charged With Fraud
    Lee Farkas, the former chairman of Taylor, Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp., was accused by the U.S. of helping run a more than $1.9 billion fraud scheme that unsuccessfully attempted to steal money from the government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program.
    From CNBC: More Than 90 Banks Miss TARP Payments (ht Scott, Ron)

  • Housing Starts plummeted in May

    Total Housing Starts and Single Family Housing Starts Click on graph for larger image in new window.

    Total housing starts were at 593 thousand (SAAR) in May, down 10% from the revised April rate of 659,000 (revised down from 672 thousand), and up 24% from the all time record low in April 2009 of 477 thousand (the lowest level since the Census Bureau began tracking housing starts in 1959).

    Single-family starts collapsed 17.2% to 468,000 in May.

  • Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization increased

    Capacity Utilization This graph shows Capacity Utilization. This series is up 9.4% from the record low set in June 2009 (the series starts in 1967).

    Capacity utilization at 73.7% is still far below normal - and 7.2% below the the pre-recession levels of 80.5% in November 2007.

    Best to all.