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Real Deal on Retail- Even Worse Than They Said

The headline number for retail sales today was an increase of 0.1% month to month, seasonally adjusted, which exactly met the conomic consensual sextimate of 0.1%. Here’s how Bloomberg put it. U.S. Retail Sales Cool After Warm-Weather Spree: Economy Retail sales rose in April at the slowest pace of the year as Americans took a…

Is The Liquidity Tide Coming In or Going Out For Stocks?

This is an extended excerpt from the Professional Edition Fed Report Executive Summary. Note: Pages 4-10 comments correctly updated at 3:55 PM NY time. The composite liquidity indicator rose sharply last week, driven by a big Fed settlement of MBS purchases. The uptrend in the indicator is accelerating. Over the course of this latest surge,…

Primary Dealers and Their Biggest Client Off The Hook For Now, What Next?

The composite liquidity indicator edged higher last week, continuing a slow but steady uptrend. In February and March, the indicator had accelerated upward away from its 39 week moving average. That acceleration has slowed, but the indicator continues to advance. With somewhat less abundant liquidity, the government and Primary Dealers have targeted that liquidity for…