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Theron Wall
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Prescott, AZ 86303
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For the week of December 24, 2012 – Vol. 10, Issue 52

 

>> Market Update 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK... "Every path hath a puddle."--George Herbert, Welsh-British poet, orator, and priest

INFO THAT HITS US WHERE WE LIVE
... Last week, the path to recovery in the housing market required us to step over the puddle of a 3% dip in Housing Starts for November. Yet that path has also taken us to an annual rate of 861,000 units, putting overall starts UP 21.6% versus a year ago, and single family starts UP 22.8%. New Building Permits were UP 3.6% in November, so no puddles in that path where single-family permits are UP 25.3% over a year ago. No wonder the NAHB homebuilder confidence index gained for the eighth month in a row.

Data over on the existing home front was even rosier.
Existing Home Sales went UP 5.9% in November, crossing the 5 million unit threshold, at 5.04 million homes. Those sales are UP 14.5% from a year ago. The median price is UP 10.1% in November, going to $180,600, as the months' supply of existing homes plummeted to 4.8 months. The FHFA index of prices for homes financed by conforming loans gained 0.5% in October, UP 5.6% versus a year ago.

BUSINESS TIP OF THE WEEK... If you're persuasive about your product or service, clearly explaining its advantages and benefits, then you don't really have to "sell."

>> Review of Last Week

CLIFF WALKING... Investors basically fixated on Washington's fiscal cliff negotiations. The week began optimistically, and stocks followed suit, heading upward dramatically. But later in the week, a resolution to the tax and spending issues looked less certain, and stock prices faded. Congress then went into recess for the holiday, but planned to return this Thursday if there's a deal of some sort to consider. Nonetheless, all three stock market indexes posted gains for the week.

Investors were encouraged when Q3 GDP was revised up to 3.1% annual growth from the prior 2.7% estimate. The Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index reported expansion in December, although the New York Empire Manufacturing Index indicated contraction. Personal Income was up in November and Core PCE Prices, excluding volatile food and energy, showed inflation up only 1.5% for the year. Unfortunately, Michigan Consumer Sentiment dropped to its lowest level since January. Too much fiscal cliff reporting, no doubt.

For the week, the Dow ended up 0.4%, to 13191; the S&P 500 was up 1.2%, to 1430; and the Nasdaq was up 1.7%, to 3021.

Activity in the bond market was held in check by the continuing political back-and-forth over how to stop the economy from going of over a fiscal cliff. The FNMA 3.5% bond we watch ended the week down .09, at $106.14. National average mortgage rates were again at or near historic lows in Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported demand for purchase loans fell slightly for the week, but are UP 9% versus a year ago

DID YOU KNOW?
... "Market capitalization" refers to the total value of a company's stock, obtained by multiplying the number of shares outstanding by the current price per share. A company with 15 million shares at $20 has a market cap of $300 million.

>> This Week's Forecast

NEW HOME SALES, PENDING HOME SALES, CONSUMERS, FACTORIES... A short week features some nice holiday presents if you like receiving economic data. November New Home Sales look to be inching up to a 379,000 annual rate. Pending Home Sales are forecast up, but less than the prior month. December Consumer Confidence is expected down from last month's reading, but the Chicago PMI Index of Midwest manufacturing should be up a bit, showing growth.

Today, stock markets close at 1 PM ET, the U.S. Treasury market closes at 2 PM ET, and all are closed tomorrow, in observance of Christmas. Happy Holidays to all!

>> 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 Dec 24 – Dec 28

 Date

Time (ET)

Release

For

Consensus

Prior

Impact

Th
Dec 27

08:30

Initial Unemployment Claims

12/22

375K

361K

Moderate

Th
Dec 27

08:30

Continuing Unemployment Claims

12/15

3.200M

3.225M

Moderate

Th
Dec 27

10:00

New Home Sales

Nov

379K

368K

Moderate

Th
Dec 27

10:00

Consumer Confidence

Dec

70.0

73.7

Moderate

F
Dec 28

09:45

Chicago PMI Index

Dec

51.0

50.4

HIGH

F
Dec 28

10:00

Pending Home Sales

Nov

1.0%

5.2%

Moderate

F
Dec 28

11:00

Crude Inventories

12/21

NA

–0.964M

Moderate

 

>> Federal Reserve Watch   

Forecasting Federal Reserve policy changes in coming months... The Fed announced at their last meeting they'd keep the Funds Rate super low until unemployment drops to 6.5%, but no one expects that to happen any time soon 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

Jan 30

0%–0.25%

Mar 20

0%–0.25%

May 1

0%–0.25%


Probability of change from current policy:

After FOMC meeting on:

Consensus

Jan 30

     <1%

Mar 20

     <1%

May 1

     <1%

UIE 

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