Rents are on the rise again

The Daily Shot: 30-Mar-23
The United States
Canada
The United Kingdom
Europe
Asia – Pacific
China
Emerging Markets
Cryptocurrencies
Energy
Equities
Credit
Rates
Food for Thought



 

The United States

1. Mortgage applications continue to follow the 2014 trajectory.
 

 
2. While still at multi-year lows, last month’s pending home sales topped expectations.
 

 
But soft mortgage applications signal more weakness ahead.
 
Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics  

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3. Next, we have some updates on inflation.
 
Housing inflation is yet to peak, according to Goldman.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs  
 
Rents are on the rise again.
 
Source: Apartment List  
 
However, apartment vacancies continue to climb.
 
Source: Apartment List  
 
Oil prices point to rapid declines in the headline CPI.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  
 
The decline in jet fuel prices signals lower airline fares.
 
Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics  

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4. Historically, the Fed started to cut rates when core CPI was higher than current levels, but only in the 1970s/early-80s. Rate cuts have not happened when unemployment was this low.
 
Source: Deutsche Bank Research  
 
5. Real wage growth may have bottomed last fall.
 
Source: Denise Chisholm, Fidelity Investments   Read full article  
 
6. The Penta/CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index showed deterioration in consumer outlook going into the month-end.
 
Source: @PentaGRP, @CivicScience  
 
7. Fewer companies are talking about labor shortages, but more firms are mentioning job cuts.
 
Source: @M_McDonough, @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
8. This economic cycle has been less dependent on credit expansion than previous ones. There could be more resilience to tighter credit conditions this time around, according to MRB Partners.
 
Source: MRB Partners  
 
9. Manufacturers have become increasingly capital-intensive over the years.
 
Source: Wells Fargo Securities  


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Canada

Alpine Macro expects no more rate hikes from the BoC because of declining inflation and the deeply inverted 2s/10s yield curve.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  
 
However, there could be less scope for the BoC to cut rates than the Fed, which could benefit CAD versus USD.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  
 
The market sees ongoing rate cuts over the next couple of years.
 
Source: @ANZ_Research  


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The United Kingdom

1. Mortgage approvals increased in February.
 

 
Source: Reuters   Read full article  
 
But the net amount of mortgage lending continues to decline.
 

 
The amount of consumer credit supplied remains robust.
 

 
2. Households’ excess savings are still elevated.
 
Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics  
 
3. The broad money supply growth has been slowing.
 

 
4. UK stocks appear attractively valued relative to historical levels.
 
Source: Longview Economics  


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Europe

1. French consumer confidence deteriorated further this month.
 

 
2. German sentiment is recovering but remains at depressed levels.
 

 
3. Next, we have some updates on Sweden.
 
Consumer confidence is starting to move higher. Manufacturing sentiment also showed some improvement.
 

 

 
Growth in lending to households continues to slow.
 

 
Sweden hasn’t seen a retail sales shock like this in decades.
 

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4. Next, we have some updates on the EV market.
 
EV growth rates:
 
Source: Eurostat   Read full article  
 
Electricity consumption for road transport:
 
Source: Eurostat   Read full article  


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Asia – Pacific

1. South Korea’s business sentiment is improving.
 

 
2. New Zealand’s building permits are down 28% from a year ago.
 

 
3. Australia’s job vacancies remain elevated.
 


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China

1. The PBoC injected liquidity into the market, lowering the front end of the interbank rate curve.
 
Source: ING  
 
2. Macau’s hotel occupancy rate is rebounding as China reopens.
 


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Emerging Markets

1. Thailand’s central bank hiked rates again, reaching pre-COVID levels.
 

 
Thailand’s factory output and capacity utilization have been soft.
 

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2. Indian stocks appear expensive relative to global equities.
 
Source: Longview Economics  
 
3. Next, we have some economic data reported by the Russian government (take it with a grain of salt).
 
Federal government budget:
 
  Further reading  
 
Industrial production:
 

 
Unemployment:
 

 
Retail sales:
 

 
Real wages:
 

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4. Finally, we have some updates on Brazil.
 
Credit expansion appears to have peaked.
 

 
Personal loan delinquencies have been rising.
 

 
Formal job creation topped expectations
 


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Cryptocurrencies

1. It has been a mixed week for cryptos so far, with XRP outperforming other large tokens.
 
Source: FinViz  
 
2. A legal judgment on whether or not XRP is a security will establish critical precedent for the crypto industry.
 
Source: WIRED   Read full article  
 
3. Open interest in XRP surged as the token reached a 10-month high on Wednesday.
 
Source: Coinglass   Read full article  
 
4. Here is what typically happens after Microstrategy buys BTC for its treasury reserve.
 
Source: @K33Research  
 
5. Below is the online search activity for crypto-related topics (population adjusted).
 
Source: Cryptobetting.org  


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Energy

1. US crude oil inventories declined sharply last week (surprising the market).
 
Week-over-week:
 

 
Level:
 

 
2. Refinery inputs have been rebounding.
 

 
3. US gasoline demand has been stronger, …
 

 
… drawing down inventories.
 
Week-over-week:
 

 
Level and days of supply:
 


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Equities

1. Financials’ share prices have massively diverged from bond yields.
 
Source: Alpine Macro  
 
2. The dispersion of performance within sectors and equity factors has been atypical since the beginning of the banking turmoil.
 

 
Hedge funds have been boosting their long/short bets, while the outright exposure remains relatively low.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs  

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3. The Nasdaq Composite breadth has been weak.
 

 
The equal-weight Nasdaq index has underperformed.
 

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4. The S&P 500 12-month forward earnings estimates are still above the trailing EPS.
 

 
And yet, leading indicators point to an earnings recession ahead.
 
Source: Hugo Ste-Marie, Portfolio & Quantitative Strategy Global Equity Research, Scotia Capital  

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5. The Russell 2000 volatility index (RVX) remains elevated relative to VIX.
 

 
6. The S&P 500 is in the first decile of historical returns, and it has been 12 months since the first Fed rate hike. Are we near an inflection point?
 
Source: @Todd_Sohn  
 
7. The US equity risk premium is back around its long-term average.
 
Source: BlackRock Investment Institute  
 
8. This is a seasonally strong period for the S&P 500.
 
Source: @ryandetrick  
 
9. Real estate indices massively underperformed this month.
 
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices  
 
10. Semiconductor shares surged in recent days.
 

 
Source: CNBC   Read full article  
 
11. The S&P 500 ESG index has been outperforming.
 
Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices  


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Credit

1. Small-cap interest coverage ratios are much lower than the broader market.
 
Source: Oxford Economics  
 
And debt maturities are much shorter.
 
Source: Oxford Economics  
 
The overall US corporate debt maturity has lengthened considerably.
 
Source: Oxford Economics  

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2. This chart shows credit card delinquencies at large and small banks.
 
Source: PGM Global  


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Rates

1. Primary dealers have been hoarding Treasury bills, which shows how quickly interbank liquidity has fallen, according to PGM Global.
 
Source: PGM Global  
 
2. This chart shows China’s holdings of US Treasury securities.
 
Source: Torsten Slok,¬†Apollo  
 
3. The ratio of long-term Treasury prices to gold hit a multi-year low.
 


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Food for Thought

1. US maternal mortality rates (3 charts):
 
Source: @OpenAxisHQ  
 
Source: @OpenAxisHQ  
 
Source: @OpenAxisHQ  

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2. Treating seasonal affective disorder (SAD):
 
Source: @CivicScience   Read full article  
 
3. Ukraine’s imports and exports:
 
Source: Brookings   Read full article  
 
4. Russia’s armed forces:
 
Source: @financialtimes   Read full article  
 
5. Principals’ views on student suspensions:
 
Source: Brookings   Read full article  
 
6. Spending the tax refund:
 
Source: LendingTree   Read full article  
 
7. Artists with the most Grammy Award wins:
 
Source: Statista  
 

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