GDP, Philly Fed, Retail, Trannies

Thursday, December 21, 2006 | 02:39 PM

A quick review of some recent data points:

• Major retailers have dissappointed, either in revs, profits or forecasts: Wal-mart, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.

• Transports, including FedEx, Yellow RoadWay, and Landstar, have all warned of reduced tonnage volume, profit pressure, and poor outlook.

• Dr. Copper, the metal with the PHD in economics, is now at 6 month lows. 

December Philly Fed survey consensus was +4.0, down from from 5.1 in November. It came in at a negative -4.3 (lowest since Apr '03's -6.8) New orders negative for a second month in a row, Backlogs plummeted;

• Economic growth in the U.S. slowed in the third quarter to a 2% annual rate, dragged down by the biggest decline in home building in 15 years.

• NAHB's index of builder confidence for sales of new, single-family homes slipped in December to near its lowest level in 15 years; The large inventory of unsold homes has not been reduced.

• New Home Building Permits, which foreshadow future activity, fell 3% in November from October and were 31.3% lower than a year earlier.

Is this what a soft landing looks like? (We think not)

The slow motion slow down continues . . .

UPDATE: December 23, 2006, 11:17am

Hey, wontcha look at that : Nouriel Roubini offered up a similar list:

Hard Landing and Soft Landing News of the Week   

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After reading this I expect the market to surge ahead!!

Posted by: Mike M | Dec 21, 2006 2:52:43 PM

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