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Monday, July 30, 2018

NAR: Pending Home Sales Index Increased 0.9% in June

by Calculated Risk on 7/30/2018 10:04:00 AM

From the NAR: Pending Home Sales Reverse Course, Rise 0.9 Percent in June

Pending home sales increased in all four major regions in June, but overall activity lagged year ago levels for the sixth straight month, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 0.9 percent to 106.9 in June from 105.9 in May. Despite last month’s increase, contract signings are still down 2.5 percent on an annual basis.
The PHSI in the Northeast increased 1.4 percent to 93.7 in June, but is still 4.1 percent below a year ago. In the Midwest the index rose 0.5 percent to 101.9 in June, but is still 2.1 percent lower than June 2017.

Pending home sales in the South climbed 1.1 percent to an index of 124.2 in June, but are 0.3 percent below a year ago. The index in the West inched forward 0.7 percent in June to 95.4, but is 5.6 percent below a year ago.
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This was close to expectations of a 0.8% increase for this index. Note: Contract signings usually lead sales by about 45 to 60 days, so this would usually be for closed sales in July and August.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sunday Night Futures

by Calculated Risk on 7/29/2018 06:44:00 PM

Schedule for Week of July 29, 2018

• At 10:00 AM, Pending Home Sales Index for June. The consensus is for a 0.8% increase in the index.

• At 10:30 AM, Dallas Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for July. This is the last of the regional surveys for July.

From CNBC: Pre-Market Data and Bloomberg futures: S&P 500 are down 19 and DOW futures are down 90 (fair value).

Oil prices were up over the last week with WTI futures at $69.01 per barrel and Brent at $74.31 per barrel.  A year ago, WTI was at $50, and Brent was at $52 - so oil prices are up 40% year-over-year.

Here is a graph from for nationwide gasoline prices. Nationally prices are at $2.85 per gallon. A year ago prices were at $2.31 per gallon - so gasoline prices are up 54 cents per gallon year-over-year.

July 2018: Unofficial Problem Bank list declines to 89 Institutions

by Calculated Risk on 7/29/2018 11:11:00 AM

Note: Surferdude808 compiles an unofficial list of Problem Banks compiled only from public sources.

Here is the unofficial problem bank list for July 2018.

Here are the monthly changes and a few comments from surferdude808:

Update on the Unofficial Problem Bank List for July 2018. The list had a decline of three insured institutions to 89 banks. Aggregate assets declined during the month by $2.7 billion to $57.3 billion. A year ago, the list held 134 institutions with assets of $32.8 billion.

Actions were terminated against Amboy Bank, Old Bridge, NJ ($2.3 billion); McHenry Savings Bank, McHenry, IL ($225 million); and EH National Bank, Beverly Hills, CA ($182 million).

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Schedule for Week of July 29, 2018

by Calculated Risk on 7/28/2018 08:11:00 AM

The key report this week is the July employment report on Friday.

Other key indicators include Personal Income and Outlays for June, Case-Shiller house prices for May, the July ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing indexes, July auto sales, and the June trade deficit.

The FOMC meets on Tuesday and Wednesday, and no change to policy is expected at this meeting.

----- Monday, July 30th -----

10:00 AM: Pending Home Sales Index for June. The consensus is for a 0.8% increase in the index.

10:30 AM: Dallas Fed Survey of Manufacturing Activity for July. This is the last of the regional surveys for July.

----- Tuesday, July 31st -----

8:30 AM: Personal Income and Outlays for June. The consensus is for a 0.4% increase in personal income, and for a 0.4% increase in personal spending. And for the Core PCE price index to increase 0.2%.

Case-Shiller House Prices Indices9:00 AM ET: S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index for May.

This graph shows the nominal seasonally adjusted National Index, Composite 10 and Composite 20 indexes through the most recent report (the Composite 20 was started in January 2000).

The consensus is for a 6.6% year-over-year increase in the Comp 20 index for May.

9:45 AM: Chicago Purchasing Managers Index for July. The consensus is for a reading of 62.0, down from 64.1 in June.

----- Wednesday, Aug 1st -----

7:00 AM ET: The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) will release the results for the mortgage purchase applications index.

8:15 AM: The ADP Employment Report for July. This report is for private payrolls only (no government). The consensus is for 172,000 payroll jobs added in July, up from 177,000 added in June.

ISM PMI10:00 AM: ISM Manufacturing Index for July. The consensus is for the ISM to be at 59.4, down from 60.2 in June.

Here is a long term graph of the ISM manufacturing index.

The PMI was at 60.2% in June, the employment index was at 56.0%, and the new orders index was at 63.5%.

10:00 AM: Construction Spending for June. The consensus is for a 0.3% increase in construction spending.

Vehicle SalesAll day: Light vehicle sales for July. The consensus is for light vehicle sales to be 17.1 million SAAR in July, down from 17.5 million in June (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).

This graph shows light vehicle sales since the BEA started keeping data in 1967. The dashed line is the current sales rate.

2:00 PM: FOMC Meeting Announcement. The FOMC is expected to announce no change to policy at this meeting.

----- Thursday, Aug 2nd -----

8:30 AM: The initial weekly unemployment claims report will be released.  The consensus is for 218 thousand initial claims, up from 217 thousand the previous week.

----- Friday, Aug 3rd -----

Year-over-year change employment8:30 AM: Employment Report for July. The consensus is for an increase of 188,000 non-farm payroll jobs added in July, down from the 213,000 non-farm payroll jobs added in June.

The consensus is for the unemployment rate to decline to 3.9%.

This graph shows the year-over-year change in total non-farm employment since 1968.

In June the year-over-year change was 2.374 million jobs.

A key will be the change in wages.

U.S. Trade Deficit8:30 AM: Trade Balance report for June from the Census Bureau.

This graph shows the U.S. trade deficit, with and without petroleum, through the most recent report. The blue line is the total deficit, and the black line is the petroleum deficit, and the red line is the trade deficit ex-petroleum products.

The consensus is for the U.S. trade deficit to be at $45.6 billion in June from $43.1 billion in May.

10:00 AM: the ISM non-Manufacturing Index for July. The consensus is for index to decrease to 58.8 from 59.1 in June.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Housing comments from Soylent Green

by Calculated Risk on 7/27/2018 04:23:00 PM

Long term readers will remember mortgage broker "Soylent Green is People". He sent me these comments on housing that I'll pass along:

"A bit of a panic is breaking out amongst my Realtor friends. Sales are down. There are more cancellations right before closings than usual. Builders are getting a few drop outs as well on some of their units, but that could be tied to overseas buyers with other concerns. If this sales "air pocket" continues, we might see some Agents have to actually marketing, rather than just shilling their homes at the first buyer through the door. A few Agents have seen their listings grow long in the tooth, even some traditionally priced towards first time home buyers. That's a deja vu event today for 2013 vintage agents, but not so for old dogs like me.

On the mortgage side of things, more and more loans have begun funding in the upper 4's to low 5's. Customers are really chafing at anything priced above 4.75%. In order to expand volume, some lenders are duking it out on price  while others are expanding their debt to income ratios, lowering the buying threshold, just as we saw back in 2006."
CR Note: Higher mortgage rates and the new tax policy appear to be impacting home sales in some areas. But this is a slowdown from a hot market, and I expect the key sectors - single family starts and new home sales - will see further growth.  

Top Twenty Five GDP Quarters since 2000

by Calculated Risk on 7/27/2018 01:24:00 PM

With the release of Q2 GDP data, and the 2018 Comprehensive Update to GDP (including revisions), here is an update to the table showing the top 25 quarters since Q1 2000.

Q2 2018 is the eleventh best quarter for real annualized GDP since Q1 2000. Note: unrounded, Q2 2018 was at 4.06%, just behind Q4 2004 at 4.07%.

Q2 GDP was solid..

As I've noted before, based on demographics, 2% is the new 4% (that is just simple arithmetic).   I've also noted that a large government program (such as a war, or a tax cut) can give a short term boost to GDP.

Top 25 GDP Quarters since 2000
Real GDP, Annualized Rate
35.4%2006Q1 G.W.Bush
64.7%2011Q4 Obama
74.7%2003Q4 G.W.Bush
84.5%2005Q1 G.W.Bush
94.5%2009Q4 Obama
104.1%2004Q4 G.W.Bush
153.6%2013Q1 Obama
163.5%2002Q1 G.W.Bush
183.4%2006Q4 G.W.Bush
203.3%2015Q1 Obama
213.2%2013Q4 Obama
233.2%2012Q1 Obama

Q2 GDP: Investment

by Calculated Risk on 7/27/2018 10:17:00 AM

The first graph below shows the contribution to GDP from residential investment, equipment and software, and nonresidential structures (3 quarter trailing average). This is important to follow because residential investment tends to lead the economy, equipment and software is generally coincident, and nonresidential structure investment trails the economy.

In the graph, red is residential, green is equipment and software, and blue is investment in non-residential structures. So the usual pattern - both into and out of recessions is - red, green, blue.

The dashed gray line is the contribution from the change in private inventories.

Investment ContributionsClick on graph for larger image.

Residential investment (RI) was decreased in Q2 (-1.1% annual rate in Q2).  Equipment investment increased at a 3.9% annual rate, and investment in non-residential structures increased at a 13.3% annual rate.

On a 3 quarter trailing average basis, RI (red) is up slightly, equipment (green) is solidly positive, and nonresidential structures (blue) is also up.

Recently real RI has been soft.

I'll post more on the components of non-residential investment once the supplemental data is released.

Residential InvestmentThe second graph shows residential investment as a percent of GDP.

Residential Investment as a percent of GDP decreased in Q2, however RI has generally been increasing.  RI as a percent of GDP is only just above the bottom of the previous recessions - and I expect RI to continue to increase for the next couple of years.

The increase is now primarily coming from single family investment and home remodeling.

I'll break down Residential Investment into components after the GDP details are released.

Note: Residential investment (RI) includes new single family structures, multifamily structures, home improvement, broker's commissions, and a few minor categories.

non-Residential InvestmentThe third graph shows non-residential investment in structures, equipment and "intellectual property products".  Investment in non-residential structures - as a percent of GDP - picked up.

BEA: Real GDP increased at 4.1% Annualized Rate in Q2

by Calculated Risk on 7/27/2018 08:34:00 AM

Note: This release includes the 2018 Comprehensive Update to GDP, and includes revisions to previous GDP releases.

From the BEA: Gross Domestic Product: Second Quarter 2018 (Advance Estimate)

Real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2018, according to the "advance" estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.2 percent (revised).
The increase in real GDP in the second quarter reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, nonresidential fixed investment, federal government spending, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by negative contributions from private inventory investment and residential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

The estimates released today also reflect the results of the 15th comprehensive update of the National Income and Product Accounts (NIPAs). The updated estimates reflect previously announced improvements, and include the introduction of new not seasonally adjusted estimates for GDP, GDI, and their major components. For more information, see the Technical Note.
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The advance Q2 GDP report, with 4.1% annualized growth, was close to expectations.

Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased at 4.0% annualized rate in Q2, up from 0.5% in Q1.   Residential investment (RI) decreased 1.1% in Q2. Equipment investment increased at a 3.9% annualized rate, and investment in non-residential structures increased at a 13.3% pace.

I'll have more later ...

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Friday: GDP

by Calculated Risk on 7/26/2018 08:04:00 PM

On GDP, remember that the release will include the 2018 Comprehensive Update to GDP. In addition to revisions and changes in methodology, the entire series of GDP (annually all the way back to 1929, and quarterly back to 1947) will be updated with new seasonal adjustments.

Also the BEA will now release GDP Not Seasonally Adjusted. This will be interesting since every year GDP NSA declines in Q1.

And the final pre-release update from the Altanta Fed: GDPNow

The final GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter of 2018 is 3.8 percent on July 26, down from 4.5 percent on July 18. [July 26 estimate]
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• At 8:30 AM ET, Gross Domestic Product, 2nd quarter 2018 (Advance estimate). The consensus is that real GDP increased 4.2% annualized in Q2, up from 2.0% in Q1.

• At 10:00 AM,: University of Michigan's Consumer sentiment index (Final for July). The consensus is for a reading of 97.2, up from 97.1.

Freddie Mac: Mortgage Serious Delinquency Rate Decreased in June

by Calculated Risk on 7/26/2018 04:43:00 PM

Freddie Mac reported that the Single-Family serious delinquency rate in June was 0.82%, down from 0.87% in May. Freddie's rate is down from 0.85% in June 2017.

Freddie's serious delinquency rate peaked in February 2010 at 4.20%.

This is the lowest serious delinquency for Freddie Mac since April 2008.

These are mortgage loans that are "three monthly payments or more past due or in foreclosure". 

Fannie Freddie Seriously Delinquent RateClick on graph for larger image

The increase in the delinquency rate late last year was due to the hurricanes - no worries about the overall market (These are serious delinquencies, so it took three months late to be counted).

After the hurricane bump, maybe the rate will decline to a cycle bottom in the 0.5% to 0.8% range - but this is close to a bottom.

Note: Fannie Mae will report for June soon.