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Monday, February 20, 2012

Inside Lending Newsletter From Theron Wall

 

 

 

 

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Prescott, AZ 86303
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For the week of February 20, 2012 – Vol. 10, Issue 8

 

>> Market Update 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK..."Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection." --Kim Collins, track and field star

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE
... U.S. homebuilding is certainly following the advice of the first World Champion sprinter from Saint Kitts and Nevis. With housing starts registering a 699,000 annual rate in January, we're still a good way from perfection, but continuous improvement is being demonstrated. Also improved were December's starts, upwardly revised to 689,000. Best of all, the three-month moving average improved to a 697,000 annual rate, a three-year high. And single-family starts are up 16.2% versus a year ago. 

New building permits were also up in January 0.7%, to a 676,000 annual rate. Versus a year ago, they're up 55% for multi-family and up 6.2% for single family homes. Even better, the number of single-family homes under construction was up 2.1% in January, the largest gain since 2004. And there were 119,000 more single-family starts than completions in January, the widest gap in those numbers since the housing boom peak in 2006. Builders clearly are more optimistic.


BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK
... It's important to stay optimistic. Every problem has a solution and you'll usually find it more quickly by having a positive attitude from the start.

>> Review of Last Week

UP... The stock market went in the right direction, enjoying its sixth advance in seven weeks with the S&P 500 at a new nine-month high. It wasn't clear why investors felt so good, as economic signals continued mixed. The Greek parliament approved austerity measures, but the situation is not yet resolved and there are other spendthrift Eurozone countries waiting in the wings. Good news over here included the above Housing Starts, plus weekly initial jobless claims dropping to 348,000. Although declining, this number is still not where it needs to be.

Then there's inflation. Core CPI put consumer prices up a greater than expected .02% for January and up 2.3% year-over-year, their biggest gain since 2008. Leading Economic Indicators (LEI) were up a fourth straight month, but lower than expected. Manufacturing showed surprising strength in the Philadelphia and New York regions, yet overall industrial production came in flat. Retail sales were up in January following a flat December, but car sales were stalled.

For the week, the Dow ended up 1.2%, at 12950; the S&P 500 closed UP 1.4%, at 1361; and the Nasdaq shot up 1.6%, to 2952.


There were small pull backs in bond prices as investors pulled out, hoping the Greek debt crisis would get resolved this weekend. The FNMA 3.5% bond we watch ended the week down only .06, to $103.10. The national average rate on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage stayed at its record low level in Freddie Mac's weekly survey. Average rates overall remain historically low.

DID YOU KNOW?
...The top reasons people are selling their homes is for job relocation, tied with a need for more space, according to the latest seller profile from the National Association of Realtors.

>> This Week’s Forecast

HOME SALES, JOBS, CONSUMER MINDSET...  It's a quiet week for economic reports but two big ones will depict the state of the housing market in January. Wednesday's Existing Home Sales are expected up just a bit, and Friday's New Home Sales are also forecast to rise, though still far below where they should be. We'll monitor weekly Initial Jobless Claims and Continuing Claims on Thursday, and Friday brings the final read on University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for February.

The markets will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents' Day. 

>> The Week’s Economic Indicator Calendar

Weaker than expected economic data tends to send bond prices up and interest rates down, while positive data points to lower bond prices and rising loan rates.

Economic Calendar for the Week of Feb 20 – Feb 24

 Date

Time (ET)

Release

For

Consensus

Prior

Impact

W
Feb 22

10:00

Existing Home Sales

Jan

4.63M

4.61M

Moderate

Th
Feb 23

08:30

Initial Unemployment Claims

2/18

355K

348K

Moderate

Th
Feb 23

08:30

Continuing Unemployment Claims

2/11

3.450M

3.426M

Moderate

Th
Feb 23

11:00

Crude Inventories

2/18

NA

-0.171M

Moderate

F
Feb 24

09:55

Univ. of Michigan Consumer Sentiment-Final

Feb

73.0

72.5

Moderate

F
Feb 17

08:30

New Home Sales

Jan

315K

307K

Moderate

 

>> Federal Reserve Watch   

Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months... Last week's FOMC Minutes from the January 25 meeting revealed only one Fed member thought inflation would necessitate a rise in the Funds Rate before the end of 2014. Note: In the lower chart, a 1% probability of change is a 99% certainty the rate will stay the same.

Current Fed Funds Rate: 0%–0.25%

After FOMC meeting on:

Consensus

Mar 13

0%–0.25%

Apr 25

0%–0.25%

Jun 20

0%–0.25%


Probability of change from current policy:

After FOMC meeting on:

Consensus

Mar 13

     <1%

Apr 25

     <1%

Jun 20

     <1%

 

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