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Housing Bubble Pop 2.0: Remodeling Collapses To 1 Year Low

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

On the way up, every sell-side strategist points to remodeling as a leading indicator for the housing recovery as confidence in the value of their home prompts real people to “invest” in upgrades and remodel their homes. That has been the story… until now. As NARI reports, the Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March – in fact they fell from multi-year highs to one-year lows as “homeowners remain slow to make the decision to move ahead with higher-priced projects.” Of course, weather is blamed, and they are ‘optimistic’ about the future, but one look at the chart below and it is clear something changed…

 

 

As NARI reports,

Business conditions during the first three months of 2014 dropped to 6.07, down from 6.51 in December.

 

There was a decline in all but one of the sub-components that drive the overall current rating. Conversion of bids and sales value of jobs had the largest dip.

 

Growth indicators in the first quarter of 2014 are as follows (rating is from 1 to 9, where 1 is much worse than a year ago and 9 is much better; 5 is about the same as last year):

  • Current business conditions fell to 6.07 (from 6.51 last quarter)
  • Number of inquiries remained flat at 6.24.
  • Requests for bids had a slight drop to 6.16 (down from  6.22 last quarter)
  • Conversion of bids fell significantly from 6.03 to 5.71.
  • Sales value of jobs sold declined to 5.84 (down from 6.27 from last quarter).

More certainty about the future moved down to the No. 3 spot, at 39 percent.

h/t @CalConfidence





The Chinese Housing Ponzi Exposed: “As We Sell Our First Apartments, We’ll Have Cash Flow To Build The Next Stage”

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Much has been said here and elsewhere about not only China’s ghost cities – that final resting place where trillions in Chinese GDP “fixed investment” goes to quietly die but no before contributing to over half of China’s GPD – over the past five years, but also about the bursting of the Chinese housing bubble in the past several months now that the Beijing Politburo has drastically slowed down the pace of loan creation and the country has shocked its bond investors by admitting failure is an all too real possibility. This post will therefore hardly reveal anything new, however it will provide some perspective on how from one of the most important industries for China’s suddenly cooling economy, housing has becoming nothing more (or less) than one giant Ponzi scheme.

Here are some of the soundbites of a recent Bloomberg piece showing how “Xi’s Squeeze Leaves China’s Heartland Missing Boom” covering such exciting topics as:

… Bubbles:

Cities in China are facing some serious real estate bubbles, and the bubbles in third-, fourth-tier cities have the risks of total collapse,” said Tao Ran, director of the China Center for Public Economics and Governance at Renmin University in Beijing, in a phone interview on March 31. “The central government and banks tightened credit in the property market because they realized the risks.”

… Collateral

That makes it harder for Zhu Houlun, 43, who took over as Laohekou party secretary in August 2012 with plans to merge with neighboring Gucheng by building a new urban center on 70 square kilometers (27 square miles) of farming communities between the two. The project would create a city of 700,000 by 2020, more than double Laohekou’s existing urban population, according to a Xiangyang government report.

 

Zhu must rely on private developers like Liu Pingfeng, from neighboring Hunan province, who is building a 5 billion yuan project north of Laohekou called the Red River Valley Eco-Tourism Resort that includes apartments, a five-star hotel, a theme park and a polo club.

 

Raising funds is very difficult,” said Liu, 47, who has been building in Hunan for a decade. “I used to use land as collateral — as long as I


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Central Banks Have Realized Their Worst Nightmares Are Approaching

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Submitted by Phoenix Capital Research.

 

 

 

Central Bankers will never openly admit that they or their policies have failed. Moreover, they do not rush into sudden tightening (more on this in a moment). But one can begin to notice subtle changes in their language and actions that indicate they have noticed what’s happening in Japan (the failure of the BoJ’s “shock and awe” QE program to generate growth).

 

Nowhere is this more clear than at the US’s Federal Reserve or Fed. Indeed, starting in August 2013, various Fed officials began questioning the efficacy of QE.

 

First came the San Francisco Fed with a study revealing that QE generally doesn’t appear to generate economic growth:

 

Asset purchase programs like QE2 appear to have, at best, moderate effects on economic growth and inflation. Research suggests that the key reason these effects are limited is that bond market segmentation is small.

 

Moreover, the magnitude of LSAP effects depends greatly on expectations for interest rate policy, but those effects are weaker and more uncertain than conventional interest rate policy. This suggests that communication about the beginning of federal funds rate increases will have stronger effects than guidance about the end of asset purchases.

 

http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/publications/economic-letter/2013/august/large-scale-asset-purchase-stimulus-interest-rate/

 

A few months later, the former Fed official in charge of the Fed’s first round of QE, penned a Wall Street Journal article stating that QE was in fact a Wall Street bailout.

 

I can only say: I'm sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed's first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I've come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time…

 

It wasn't long before my old doubts resurfaced. Despite the Fed's rhetoric, my program [QE] wasn't helping to make credit any more accessible for the average American. The banks were only issuing fewer and fewer loans. More insidiously, whatever credit they were extending wasn't getting much cheaper. QE may have been driving down the wholesale cost for banks to make loans, but Wall Street was pocketing most of
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This Is “Why” Caterpillar Is Trading At Two-Year Highs

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Moments ago CAT stock touched 52 week highs, or a level not seen since April 2012. Why? The chart below which shows Caterpillar dealer retail sales by region surely has something to do with it. With global sales sliding again now that the third consecutive dead cat bounce is over, and dumping the most since February of 2013 or 12% from a year ago, when sales had in turned dropped 11% from 2012, driven by a collapse in Asian-Pacific, Latin American and EMEA sales, all of which crashed by more than 20%, we can only assume the company is well on its way to an epic collapse in its top and bottom lines as well.

And since this is nothing short of the bizarro, insane new normal, it is only a matter of time before the crash in retail sales sends the stock to plus infinity.





BoToX ACTiViSM…

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Russia Warns West “Remove Forces”; Begins Military Exercise On Ukraine Border

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

UPDATE: Dutch fighter jets were scrambled after Russian bombers approached Dutch airspace; the Russian planes turned away

With both sides appearing to have entirely un-de-escalated and the truce deal now a thing of the past (besides a few hundred Dow points), the Russians are speaking up today – and are not happy:

  • RUSSIA IS EXTREMELY SURPRISED BY KIEV AND WASHINGTON’S “DISTORTED” INTERPRETATION OF AGREEMENT REACHED IN GENEVA LAST WEEK ON DE-ESCALATION OF UKRAINE CRISIS – FOREIGN MINISTRY
  • RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS KIEV AND WASHINGTON “CLOSING THEIR EYES” TO PROVOCATIVE ACTIONS BY NATIONALIST FORCES IN UKRAINE

And, on the heels of Turchynov’s official restart of the so-called anti-terrorist operation, Russia is calling on Ukraine to pull back military from Ukraine’s southeast… and rattles its sabre by undertaking a military exercise on the border.

 

Bloomberg reports,

Russia is surprised by distorted interpretation of Geneva accord from govts of Ukraine, U.S., RIA Novosti reports, citing Russia’s Foreign Ministry.

 

*RUSSIA CALLS ON UKRAINE TO REMOVE MILITARY FROM SOUTHEAST: RIA

 

Russia says Ukraine, U.S. closing eyes to provocations by right-wing extremists: RIA

 

Russia still believes partners are serious about resolving crisis in Ukraine: RIA

and in addition

  • RUSSIAN MILITARY CONDUCTS MILITARY EXERCISE IN ROSTOV REGION, BORDERING UKRAINE – DEFENCE MINISTRY OFFICIAL

All of this sets the scene for an important set of meetings next week…

Russia ready to host EU, Ukraine energy officials in Moscow or consider other cities for talks, Russian Energy Ministry spokeswoman Olga Golant says by phone.

 

Golant confirms EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger invited Russia to gas talks

 

Slovakia planning talks on use of gas pipeline in reverse to supply Ukraine on Apr. 28 in Bratislava, Eustream pipeline operator spokesman Vahram Chuguryan says by phone

So to sum it all up:

  1. The truce deal is dead
  2. Russia blames Ukraine/West for breaking deal and misunderstanding it
  3. Ukraine/West blame Russia for not unilaterally pulling back its forces
  4. Russia is warning Ukraine to pullback military from Russia-held southeast Ukraine (“or there will be retaliation”)
  5. Russia is rattling its sabre by military exercises on the Ukraine border (after US sends another warship into the Black Sea)
  6. Against all this tension, gas pipeline talks are set to begin shortly.

Still buying the fucking dip on the back of Ukraine ‘calming down’?





Who Made More, Facebook VCs or Its Founder: The True Cost of the VC Preferred Stock Control Premium

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Submitted by Reggie Middleton.

So, I’m off to the races to raise money for UltraCoin, my uber-disruptive startup, and I come across the resistance of certain parties to take common stock. Now, the standard in the professional VC community is to take preferred stock with a stack of anti-dilutive measures, control premiums and liquidation preferences. VCs and their lawyers say this is the only way to do it because it protects them on the downside and allows them to maintain control of their investment and manage dilution on the upside. Basically, the say, it a hedge. I have some very prominent, very successful and experienced investors coming in doing the right thing. The reason is because they “get it”. My task is to educate the rest. 

Marc Andreesen characterized VC start-up stock as an out-of-the-money call option on the success of the company. Well, I agree with this in part. The founders common stock is more like an OTC ATM call, or warrant, on the success of the company. The preferred stock, which is what most VCs go for, is more akin to a straddle consisting of an ATM long-dated OTC call paired with a long dated ATM put. This put is not free. It’s not even cheap, and it is not as necessary if the deal is properly sourced and underwritten.

Now, I’m not the typical Fintech entrepreneur. I’m a little older than most, I’m probably better than forensic valuation than the vast majority (see Who is Reggie Middleton?), and I’m more than willing to point out when and where I think the establishment is doing something wrong. “Because everyone else is doing it” or “Because that’s the way we’ve always done it” are not acceptable reasons.

Case in point, the preferred stock myth. Let’s address the reasons given for demanding preferred stock.…
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Explaining The Horrendous Home Sales Report: It Snowed Everywhere But In The Northeast

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

This is our best attempt at playing clueless propaganda cheerleaders also known as economists:

Q. Why did new home sales crash in all regions except the traditionally coldest, wettest, and snowiest Northeast, where sales rose?

A. Uhm, because it obviously snowed everywhere except in the Northeast.

And there you have it: spin 101 for braindead zombies and vacuum tubes.

 

And for those confused about the current state of the “housing recovery”, here is a longer-term chat:

Source: Bullshit Bureau





New Home Sales Collapse To 8 Month Lows

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

New Home Sales collapsed 14.5% month-over-month to its lowest since July 2013. A mere 384k versus 450k expectations is the biggest miss since July. So much for the Spring buying season… This is a 7 standard deviation miss against the smart economists’ estimates! Whocouldanode that when the free-money sponsored fast money leaves the game that real people with real debt and real wages are simply priced out of buying a new home? Supply of unsold new homes jumps to 6 months, its highest since Oct 2011 (as once again the visible hand’s interference has produced yet another mal-investment boom as the ‘if we build it, they will come’ builders face an ugly reality).

 

 

The Economists nailed it… (Deutsche’s Joe Lavorgna was above consensus at 460k)

 

 

Charts: Bloomberg





US PMI Drops, Misses By Most In 8 Months

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

That February spike that was the catalyst for oh so much aggressive JPY selling and US equity buying and “see, we told you so, here comes the post-weather pent-up-demand exuberance” has been crushed by the sad and painful truth of reality. For the 2nd month in a row, Markit’s US PMI dropped and missed expectations… despite weather being a thing of the past. Sadly the story gets worse, as Markit notes “on the inflation front, manufacturers experienced a
further solid increase in average cost burdens in April,” adding that pricing pressures, “will feed fears that the
recovery remains on a weak foundation of intense price competition
.” Need moar snow…

 

 

And the full breakdown…

 

Source: MarkitEconomics





 
 
 

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Housing Bubble Pop 2.0: Remodeling Collapses To 1 Year Low

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

On the way up, every sell-side strategist points to remodeling as a leading indicator for the housing recovery as confidence in the value of their home prompts real people to "invest" in upgrades and remodel their homes. That has been the story... until now. As NARI reports, the Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions show current condition ratings fell significantly in March - in fact they fell from multi-year highs to one-year lows as "homeowners remain slow to make the decision to move ahead with higher-priced projects."...



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Cost Of "Breakfast In America" Soars To Highest In Over 2 Years

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Submitted by Tyler Durden.

Another day, another indication that 'real' inflation - the kind that reduces standards of living and leeches away purchasing power for 'real' people - is anything but under control... and anything but stable.

With the Oz-ians in the Eccles Building pulling levers to run the world based on their "inflation" measures, it seems that if the price of 'things that matter' soars but the Fed doesn't see them, there is no need to tighten. Last week we discussed the surge in the price of beef, ...



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Dead-Cat Bounce Over for the Housing Market?

Courtesy of Doug Short.

Advisor Perspectives welcomes guest contributions. The views presented here do not necessarily represent those of Advisor Perspectives.

I have been saying this for a while: You can't have a housing recovery unless actual home buyers are involved.

We are very far away from seeing the housing market reach its 2005 highs ... and as time passes, it becomes clearer that this generation may never see them again.

How can I say that?

What we have seen in the housing market since then, but mostly since 2012, in my opinion, is nothing more than a dead-cat bounce scenario -- an increase in prices after a massive decline. The chart below shows how far off we are from the housing prices of 2005.


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GM Said It Has Shipped Thousands of Replacement Ignition Switches

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When commodities got hot in 2007-08, Bunge’s EPS shot up and the stock followed, rising 185% in 19 months.

The Great Recession took its toll on operations, dropping EPS to a low of $2.22 in 2009.  Since then profits have recovered.  They ranged from $4.62 - $5.90 in the latest three years. 2014 appears poised for a large increase. Consensus views from multiple sources see BG earning $7.04 - $7.10 this year and then $7.83 - $7.94 in 2015.

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Casino Stocks LVS, WYNN On The Run Ahead of Earnings

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What the Market Wants: Market Poised to Head Higher: 3 Stocks to Consider

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Facebook Takes Life Seriously and Moves To Create Its Own Virtual Currency, Increases UltraCoin Valuation Significantly

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The Financial Times reports:

[Facebook] The social network is only weeks away from obtaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that would allow its users to store money on Facebook and use it to pay and exchange money with others, according to several people involved in the process. 

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Here We Go Again - Pharma & Biotechs 2014

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