Americans are buying smaller homes

The Daily Shot: 21-Apr-22
The United States
Canada
The Eurozone
Asia – Pacific
China
Emerging Markets
Cryptocurrency
Energy
Equities
Rates
Global Developments
Food for Thought



 

The United States

1. Let’s begin with the housing market.
 
Mortgage rates continue to surge, …
 

 
… outpacing the 10-year Treasury yield.
 
Source: Wells Fargo Securities  
 
Mortgage applications to purchase a home dipped below 2018 levels.
 

 
Refi activity is collapsing.
 

 
The home price/rent ratio, a measure of housing valuation, is at the highest level since 2006.
 
Source: John Burns Real Estate Consulting  
 
Home price appreciation is holding up despite the spike in mortgage rates.
 
Source: AEI Center on Housing Markets and Finance  
 
Existing home sales were relatively soft in March. The second panel shows the year-over-year changes.
 

 
Analysts expect further weakness in home sales ahead.
 
Source: Longview Economics  
 
Home price gains are diverging across US regions.
 
Source: Wells Fargo Securities  
 
Inventories remain depressed …
 

 
… across price tiers.
 
Source: AEI Center on Housing Markets and Finance  
 
Americans are buying smaller homes relative to what we saw at the height of the pandemic.
 
Source: @TaylorAMarr  

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2. The Fed’s Beige Book report was relatively upbeat. But businesses continue to struggle with surging prices, supply bottlenecks, and tight labor markets.
 
Source: @RenMacLLC  
 
3. Low-pay industries saw a stronger wage response to the tightening labor market.
 
Source: IMF World Economic Outlook  
 
4. Will US manufacturing activity hold up despite the weakness in China?
 
Source: Capital Economics  
 
5. Next, we have some updates on inflation.
 
Goods inflation is expected to moderate going forward, even as services CPI continues to climb (driven by shelter).
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
Rent inflation indicators accelerated in recent months and could continue in the coming quarters, according to Nomura.
 
Source: Nomura Securities  
 
Official BLS rent inflation tends to lag private inflation data by a few quarters.
 
Source: Nomura Securities  
 
Here are the month-over-month CPI changes and their broad components.
 
Source: TS Lombard  
 
What does the core goods CPI look like without used vehicles?
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
What portion of the CPI is “COVID-sensitive”?
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
Inflation tends to peak during recessions.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  


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Canada

1. The March CPI report topped economists’ forecasts.
 

 
Blended core CPI:
 

 
Shelter:
 

 
Transportation:
 

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2. Home price appreciation hit a new high.
 

 
3. The combination of inflation surprises and surging housing prices suggests that the BoC will remain very hawkish. Another 50 bps rate hike is expected at the next meeting. Could we get an even bigger increase?
 
Source: Bloomberg   Read full article  
 
Markets expect the BoC to keep rates elevated for years.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
The 2-year bond yield is above 2.5% for the first time since 2008.
 

 
The loonie got a boost from the CPI report beat.
 


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The Eurozone

1. Let’s begin with the Netherlands.
 
Consumer confidence has collapsed, …
 

 
… as consumer energy costs soar.
 
Source: @AndreasSteno  
 
The unemployment rate hit another low.
 

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2. Germany’s PPI climbed above 30% in March.
 

 
3. Dispersion in headline inflation in the euro area is at a record high.
 
Source: JP Morgan Research  
 
4. The markets expect the ECB to keep rates “higher for longer.”
 

 
5. Eurozone manufacturing output strengthened in February.
 

 
6. The trade deficit has been elevated by surging energy costs.
 

 

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7. New car registrations remain depressed (March is supposed to be the peak buying month).
 

 
8. The euro is rebounding from the recent lows.
 
Source: @markets  


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Asia – Pacific

1. South Korea’s exports held up well this month.
 

 
But the trade deficit worsened due to lofty energy prices.
 

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2. Taiwan’s export orders were very strong last month.
 

 
3. New Zealand’s inflation jumped in the first quarter.
 
Source: @ANZ_Research  


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China

1. The stock market remains under pressure, …
 

 
… as valuations look increasingly attractive.
 
Source: @DavidInglesTV  
 
Tech shares are tumbling in Hong Kong.
 

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2. Beijing wants to see a weaker renminbi.
 

 
3. The collapse in the China-US yield differential resulted in bond market outflows.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
4. Short-term rates are falling.
 

 
5. The Shanghai port congestion is unprecedented.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
6. The World Economics SMI report shows business activity in contraction territory this month, as outlook worsens.
 
Source: World Economics  
 
7. Here is the history of China’s COVID lockdowns.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
What was the economic impact of the initial Hubei lockdown in early 2020?
 
Source: BCA Research  

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8. Tourism growth remains tepid during the pandemic recovery.
 
Source: TS Lombard  


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Emerging Markets

1. Russian sovereign credit default swaps have been pricing in a roughly 30% recovery rate on USD-denominated debt.
 

 
Source: Reuters   Read full article  
 
Russia’s weekly inflation appears to be moderating.
 

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2. This chart from IMF shows sovereign CDS spread changes since February 23rd.
 
Source: IMF World Economic Outlook  
 
3. South Africa’s inflation keeps strengthening.
 

 
4. Brazil’s central bank has been ahead of the curve in hiking rates.
 
Source: TS Lombard  
 
5. A slowdown in global trade could spill over into EM local currency asset price declines.
 
Source: PGM Global  


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Cryptocurrency

1. Bitcoin has made a series of higher trading lows since Jan. 24, indicating a loss of downside momentum.
 
Source: CoinDesk   Read full article  
 
2. Bitcoin and ether’s weekly trade volume fell to its lowest level since the summer of last year.
 
Source: @KaikoData  
 
3. Decentralized finance (DeFi) tokens continue to lag large-cap tokens, although the downtrend appears to be slowing.
 
Source: CoinDesk   Read full article  
 
4. This chart shows mixed performance among top DeFi tokens relative to BTC.
 
Source: CoinDesk   Read full article  


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Energy

1. Brent crude held support at the 50-day moving average.
 

 
2. Crack spreads are hitting record highs, …
 
h/t Chunzi Xu  
 
… boosting the profitability of refining businesses such as Valero.
 

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3. US crude oil production is nearing 12 million barrels per day.
 

 
4. Refinery inputs are still soft for this time of the year.
 

 
5. US total liquids inventories remain tight.
 
Source: @staunovo  
 
6. The US Strategic Petroleum Reserve is expected to tumble in the months ahead (2 charts).
 
Source: BofA Global Research; @chigrl  
 
Source: @ANZ_Research  


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Equities

1. Stock futures are higher this morning.
 

 
Despite the challenges, the market likes what it heard from Tesla.
 

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2. The Nasdaq 100 underperformance is near the levels we saw in early March.
 

 
Sentiment has been very bearish. Will we see a rebound?
 
Source: Longview Economics  
 
Is the tech-to-energy rotation about to reverse?
 
Source: Longview Economics  

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3. The S&P 500 Pure Value Index reached an all-time high, sharply outperforming the S&P 500 this year.
 

 
4. Value and size factors have a slight negative correlation to trend following strategies.
 
Source: ¬†FactorResearch   Read full article  
 
5. Despite having a positive correlation, the performance of trend following portfolios has been more volatile than multi-factor portfolios over the past 20 years.
 
Source: ¬†FactorResearch   Read full article  
 
6. Earnings estimates have been strengthening despite projections for slower GDP growth.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
7. The ratio of VIX (equity vol) to MOVE (Treasury market vol) is near extreme lows amid the unprecedented bond market selloff. Has the ratio bottomed?
 


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Rates

1. Will the Fed take its target rate above 3.5%? The markets are not quite there yet.
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
2. Time for a pause in the bond marklet selloff?
 
Source: BCA Research  


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Global Developments

1. Nominal yield increases have been mostly driven by real yields.
 
Source: BCA Research  
 
2. As the auto sector shifts toward electric vehicles, the growth of internal combustion product lines could see double-digit declines, according to McKinsey.
 
Source: McKinsey & Company   Read full article  
 
3. A slowdown in China could pressure the global money supply and reduce liquidity, especially if the Chinese yuan falls relative to the dollar, according to Stifel.
 
Source: Stifel  


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Food for Thought

1. US air travel relative to 2019 levels:
 
Source: Statista  
 
2. A growing preference for low-cost airlines:
 
Source: Statista  
 
3. Companies are nearly unanimous that their current sales model is as or more effective than their pre-pandemic model.
 
Source: McKinsey & Company   Read full article  
 
4. Tech and Communication Services companies’ content spending:
 
Source: @scottygb   Read full article  
 
5. Year-over-year changes in vehicle sales:
 
Source: @WSJ   Read full article  
 
6. Commercial drone deliveries:
 
Source: McKinsey & Company   Read full article  
 
7. Employee burnout rates:
 
Source: Gallup   Read full article  
 
8. Muslim minorities:
 
Source: Statista  
 
9. States most mentioned in song lyrics:
 
Source: The Washington Post   Read full article  

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