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US Home Prices Surge At Fastest Pace Since July 2014

As the latest housing data shows an uptick in sales, Case-Shiller's 20-City Composite index surged 6.19% YoY in September – the fastest rate of gain since July 2014. As Bloomberg notes, the residential real-estate market is benefiting from steady demand backed by a strong job market and low mortgage rates. The ongoing scarcity of available houses […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Senate Tax Vote; Euro Inflation; GDP; OPEC, Fed Speakers

It’s a busy week as traders return from the long Thanksgiving holiday, with inflation releases in the Eurozone and Japan. We’ll also get the second estimate of US GDP, housing data and ISM manufacturing, UK monetary aggregates and PMIs in China. Finally, the Russia-OPEC meeting takes place in Vienna on November 30, while the Senate […]


US Futures Rebound After Disappointing Chinese, European Data

Yesterday’s sharp Chinese selloff is now a distant memory after the BTFDers emerged, and this morning U.S. equity futures are once again levitating as the FOMC begins its two-day policy meeting, following an uneventful BOJ announcement on Tuesday morning which left all QE parameters unchanged. Asian stocks traded mixed steady while European shares climb. The […]


Key Events In The Coming Very Busy Week

With a full slate of central bank meetings, data (including payrolls Friday) and earnings next week there’s a little bit for everyone. On Thursday, according to Politico, we will also know who the next Fed Chair is as well as get a first look at a version of the House tax bill in the US, […]


Where To Invest When (Almost) Everything’s In A Bubble

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Many things that are scarce and thus valuable cannot be bought on the global marketplace. Now that almost every asset class is in a bubble, the question of where to invest one's capital has become particularly vexing. The ashes of wealth consumed by the 2008-09 Global Financial […]


3 Uncommon Signs That An Economic Collapse Could Happen Soon

Originally published The Birch Gold Group, via Alt-Market.com, As stocks continue to climb and the U.S. economy sustains its third longest period of expansion in history, market forecasters are seeking clues for when our next crisis may strike. So far, three uncommon signals have them worried. Here’s an explanation of the three uncommon signs causing […]


Case-Shiller Home Prices Rise At Fastest Pace In 3 Years, Hit New Record High

Despite a slew of disappointing sales (new, existing, and pending), Case-Shiller reports national home prices rose 5.94% YoY – the fastest rise since June 2014 – hitting a new record high (now over 5% above 2006's peak). It has now been 36 straight months that the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Compoosite home price index has […]


The Week’s Key Events: European Inflation, US CapEx And Non-Stop Fed Speakers

Beyond the plethora of central bank speakers, market focus will concentrate on Eurozone inflation and US data releases, including durable goods, home sales, and the personal income and spending report on Friday. We also get China PMIs, Japanese CPI and industrial production, the RBNZ meeting and Brexit negotiations (4th). Additionally, there will be monetary policy […]


Housing Bubble Symmetry: Look Out Below

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, Housing markets are one itsy-bitsy recession away from a collapse in domestic and foreign demand by marginal buyers. There are two attractive delusions that are ever-present in financial markets: One is this time it's different, because of unique conditions that have never ever manifested before in the […]


No, Harvey Won’t Help America’s Flagging Housing Market

Authored by Danielle DiMartino Booth via DiMartinoBooth.com, Something is up, or more likely down, with the U.S. housing market. And the reconstruction after Hurricane Harvey may not do much to help. Here's the evidence: The latest take on home-builder sentiment showed that buyer traffic stubbornly remains in negative territory, despite some of the highest readings […]


World Stocks Rebound, Dollar Rises As Korea Nuclear War Fears Recede

S&P futures are higher in early Wednesday trading, alongside Asian stocks and European bourses, both solidly in the green as the EURUSD drifts below the 1.20 “redline” while the dollar rebounds off a two and a half year low following the US “measured” response to North Korea’s missile test, which soothed jittery investors who now […]


European Stocks Tumble To 6 Month Lows As Euro Surges Above 1.20; VIX, Havens Surge

“Financial markets think the only realistic option for the U.S. and North Korea will be to sit down and talk at some point because other options are too costly for everyone involved. But no one can rule out the risk of accidents. Markets think the chicken game will continue for now and North Korea will […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: Payrolls, Core PCE, GDP, ISM And More

After last week’s relatively quiet economic calendar and focus on Central Banks, when we finally heard from both Chair Yellen and Mario Draghi on Friday, attention this week turns back to data. In a relatively busy data week ahead – particularly for the US – focus will likely be on Friday’s NFP, Q2 GDP revision […]


Futures Flat As Gasoline Soars On Harvey Devastation, Rising Euro Sends European Stocks Lower

With billions in economic losses and unknown supply chain shocks to come following devastating and historic flooding in Texas, S&P futures are virtually unchanged (down less than 0.1% at time of writing) while European and Asian shares are modestly lower as oil was little changed. As reported yesterday, gasoline futures surged as the greater impact […]


Key Events In The Coming Week: All Eyes On The (Jackson) Hole

Absent any major geopolitical shocks, it is set to be a quiet summer week ahead with focus on the Jackson Hole conference. On the data front the key releases will be US durable goods and Eurozone PMIs, as well as Japan inflation & UK and Norway GDP. In Emerging Markets, there are monetary policy meetings […]