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No Bear Market Signal Yet From Housing

 
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Before each of the really ugly bear markets of the past 30 years, there has been an important signal from housing data well ahead of time.  We do not have such a signal now, and so that portends more upside in the months ahead for stock prices. 

In fact, the past 3 months have seen a pretty substantial upsurge, especially in the Northeast and South regions of the USA as tracked by the Census Department.  That takes the seasonally adjusted annual rate of new home sales to its highest level... Read More

Global Temps Call for 2015 Yield Bottom

 
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While the debate rages over global warming, I find that the data on global average temperatures can be put to another use: forecasting interest rates.  And the big message for us right now is that yields are due to hit a bottom this year, and head upward into 2017.

In the chart above, I am showing the average yield on Moody’s AAA rated corporate bonds.  That’s the green line.  The red line is an inverted plot of the HadCRUT4 global temperature series, developed and maintained by the Hadley... Read More

The Real Relationship Between Dollar and Stock Market

 
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If you think that you know the one true relationship between the stock market and the value of the dollar, you are wrong.  Or perhaps I should say more charitably that you are going to find yourself wrong about half of the time.

The truth is that the US Dollar Index (DXY) and the SP500 show a positive correlation sometimes, and then at other times it flips to an inverse correlation.  And this has been going on for years.  I have tried mightily to find the causative agent which makes the... Read More

2-Year T-Note Shows Path For FOMC

 
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I wrote back in 2011 that the Fed could do a lot better with interest rate policy if the FOMC would just outsource the decision making task to the bond market, specifically the 2-year T-Note yield.  The point is still the same, and the FOMC is still seemingly unaware.

To review briefly, this week’s chart shows a comparison between the 2-year Treasury Note yield and the target rate for Fed Funds, which is set by the FOMC.  The NY Fed is then tasked with adding or withdrawing money available... Read More

Architecture Billings Index Flashes Warning

 
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The latest news from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has some economists alarmed, because it shows a potential shrinkage in housing related activity.  The AIA publishes data based on surveys of member firms, known as Architecture Billings Indices, and their two main index products are the Billings Index and the Inquiries Index.  Billings represents actual work that gets billed to the customer, while Inquiries is a softer data set reflecting customers potentially generating new... Read More

 
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03/27/2015 IssuesVolume(000s)
McC OSC -38.960 -54300
Sum Index 2131.260 249173

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The McClellan Oscillator

 

OscillatorCreated 1969, the McClellan Oscillator is recognized by technical analysts as the essential tool for measuring acceleration in the stock market. Using advance-decline statistics, it gives overbought and oversold indications, divergences, and measurements of the power of a move.