This was a thought-provoking graphic that came out today:(more…)
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The first of today’s two events is behind us now, with retail coming in weaker than expected. After the big jump in June (up 12.1%) retail growth has become weaker (up 8.3%) and weaker (up 1.3%) and weaker (up 0.7%, the most recent report). So clearly the explosive bounce after the shutdown is dead.(more…)
Looking toward tomorrow, we’ve got just about the only scheduled events of the entire month happening – – the Fed meeting/press conference and, earlier in the day, the release of the monthly retail sales report. The hyper-kinetic “V” of the shutdown is well behind us, so the market is anticipating a more drab, dull 1% pop.(more…)
On the one hand………..(more…)