Glusken Sheff economist Dave Rosenberg says the markets have NO reason to be rallying today. What’s happening right now is a “temporary and technical snapback,” he says in a morning note.
Investors should be worried about major speed bumps, which could drive the Dow down to 5,000.
NAHB homebuilder index slumps from 22 in May to 17 in June, tied for the steepest decline in the past four years and a three-month low.
Consumer confidence sank to 52.9 in June from 62.7 in May, a three-month low. A decline of this magnitude is basically a 1-in-20 event.
Manufacturing new orders shrank 1.4% in May, the steepest decline since the depths of despair in March 2009, and a new three-month low.
New home sales plunged 33% in May to an all-time low of 300k at an annual rate. The housing inventory backlog surged to 8.5 months' supply in May from 5.8 months in April, the highest volume of excess supply since last June.
Household employment fell 301k in June after a 35k loss in May, snapping a four-month winning streak. The index of aggregate hours worked dipped to 92.0 from 92.2 and is lower now than it was at the market lows of March 2009 when the index was 93.3.
Wages declined at a 1.1% annual rate in June — this never happened during the recession and is a 1-in-50 event. Rare indeed.
Consumer prices deflated 0.2% in May after a 0.1% dip in June — the first back-to-back declines since November-December of 2008 and before that September-October of 2006 and before that, April-May of 2003. Again, hardly a normal occurrence.
Producer prices slipped 0.3% mum on top of a 0.1% decline in May. The PPI has now declined in three of the past four months — this last happened as the market, yet again, was plumbing the deflationary depths in early 2009 (but hey, isn't the recession supposedly over?).
Mortgage applications for home purchases fell 15% in June after an awful 18% plunge in May, to stand at the lowest level in ... thirteen years.
Exports dropped 1.4% in April and now down for two of the past three months. The bloom is off the rose as far as the explosive expansion in global trade flows is concerned.
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