Average FICO score for house purchase loans hits a multi-year high

The Daily Shot: 03-Jul-24
The United States
Canada
The Eurozone
Asia-Pacific
China
Emerging Markets
Commodities
Equities
Credit
Rates
Food for Thought


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The United States

1. Job openings unexpectedly increased in May, …
 

 

 
Source: @economics   Read full article  
 
… with most of the gains driven by government job vacancies (2 charts).
 

 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
Below are some job openings trends by sector.
 
Hotels and restaurants/bars:
 

 
Retail:
 

 
Durable goods manufacturing:
 

 
Real estate:
 

 
Here is the job openings diffusion index.
 

 
Job openings per unemployed person held at pre-pandemic levels.
 

 
The Beveridge Curve suggests that the labor market imbalances are nearly gone.
 

 
Job openings figures have been revised downward for most months over the past year and a half.
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
Quits (voluntary resignations) held steady in May.
 

 
Here is the ratio of quits to the number of unemployed persons.
 

 
The quits rate points to slower wage growth ahead.
 
Source: Pantheon Macroeconomics  
 
Layoffs remain subdued.
 

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2. US vehicle sales declined more than expected in June, …
 

 
… which is a drag on the Q2 GDP growth.
 
Source: Estelle Ou   Read full article  

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3. Next, we have some updates on the housing market.
 
With housing affordability at its worst levels in decades (2 charts) …
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @MikeZaccardi  
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
… and supply limited, the market is increasingly favoring buyers with strong credit scores, as evidenced by the rising average FICO scores for purchase loans. According to the AEI Housing Center, the average borrower FICO score for purchase loans was 738, the highest level in the 11-year history of their series.
 
Source: AEI Housing Center  
 
Home equity levels continue to rise.
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @MikeZaccardi  
 
More home sellers have been reducing their asking prices., …
 
Source: Redfin  
 
… but the median sale price is still at record highs.
 
Source: Redfin  
 
Inventories are rising.
 
Source: Redfin  
 
Here is the Architecture Billings Index.
 
Source: Wells Fargo Securities  

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4. Most forecasters estimate that job growth slowed in June.
 
Nomura (225k):
 
Source: Nomura Securities  
 
Bloomberg Economics (188k):
 
Source: @economics   Read full article  
 
Oxford Economics (215k):
 
Source: Oxford Economics  
 
Morgan Stanley (210k):
 
Source: Morgan Stanley Research  


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Canada

1. The manufacturing PMI remains in contraction territory.
 

 
Below is the employment index.
 

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2. Here is a look at productivity in Canada and the US.
 
Source: Economics and Strategy Group, National Bank of Canada  


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The Eurozone

1. The June euro area core CPI was slightly stronger than expected, …
 

 
… with services inflation remaining elevated.
 

 
But the ECB isn’t too concerned.
 
Source: @economics   Read full article  
 
Food inflation continues to slow.
 

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2. The unemployment rate remains at record lows.
 

 
3. Here is a look at the euro-area trade balance and international trade trends.
 
Source: Eurostat   Read full article  


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Asia-Pacific

1. USD/JPY keeps grinding higher.
 

 
Sentiment is so negative that we could see a rebound in the yen.
 

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2. South Korea’s core CPI is approaching 2%.
 

 
3. Australian building approvals improved in May.
 


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China

1. The renminbi continues to weaken.
 

 
Could the yuan weaken beyond 7.5? Here are the options-implied probabilities of such an outcome 3 and 6 months from now.
 

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2. Bond yields are still trending lower.
 

 
3. Growth in services activity slowed sharply in June, …
 

 
… with business outlook trending lower.
 


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Emerging Markets

1. The Brazilian real keeps weakening.
 

 
Brazil’s unemployment rate continues to decline.
 

 
Here is the debt-to-GDP ratio.
 

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2. Colombia’s central bank delivered another 50 bps rate cut.
 

 
3. South Africa’s trade balance improved substantially in May.
 

 
Vehicle sales remain soft.
 

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4. Forward earnings in some EM ex-China markets are improving relative to the US.
 
Source: MRB Partners  


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Commodities

1. Speculative accounts continue to boost their bets on gold.
 

 
2. Sugar futures are rebounding.
 

 
3. Here is a look at top export products by country in Latin America.
 
Source: The Economist   Read full article  


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Equities

1. The S&P 500 reached a record high, surpassing 5500.
 
Source: MarketWatch   Read full article  
 
The options market indicates a 19% probability of the index exceeding 6000 by year-end.
 

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2. Market concentration is hitting extreme levels (2 charts)
 
Source: Truist Advisory Services  
 
Source: Goldman Sachs; @WallStJesus  

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3. The percentage of S&P 500 members beating the index is extraordinarily low.
 
Source: @WillieDelwiche  
 
4. The underperformance of the S&P 500 equal-weight index is not solely due to tech megacaps. Here is the S&P 500 ex Tech and Communication Services.
 

 
Despite the underperformance, the equal weight index is no longer cheap relative to its longer-term average.
 
Source: Truist Advisory Services  

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5. Share buyback activity remains robust.
 
Source: BofA Global Research  
 
6. The call-put ratio for 0dte options is nearing its 2023 peak.
 
Source: Citi Research; @GunjanJS  
 
7. Here is the relative performance of S&P 500 stocks with the highest and lowest 10-year median tax rates.
 

 
8. The Bloomberg Billionaires Investment Select Index, which tracks the performance of the top 50 US-listed companies held by US billionaires, posted solid returns over the past three years, even beating the performance of the largest cryptos.
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  


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Credit

1. Liquidity (trading volume as a fraction of total outstanding debt or turnover) in the US investment-grade credit market has improved in recent years.
 
Source: Torsten Slok,¬†Apollo  
 
The increase in turnover has been driven almost entirely by on-the-run bonds (issued in the prior six months).
 
Source: Torsten Slok,¬†Apollo  

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2. Here is a look at broadly syndicated and direct lending loan takeouts.
 
Source: VRC  
 
3. This chart shows commercial real estate loan modification rates.
 
Source: Scott Carpenter   Read full article  


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Rates

1. Three Fed rate cuts this year?
 
Source: CNBC   Read full article  
 
The probability of this outcome (target range = 4.5%-4.75%) has risen in recent months as the likelihood of the Fed keeping rates unchanged diminishes, according to the CME model.
 

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2. The repo market showed some stress at quarter end, …
 

 
Source: @markets   Read full article  
 
… as reserve balances declined. Should the Fed accelerate the QT taper?
 

 
Here is the Fed’s RRP facility balance.
 


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Food for Thought

1. World’s top 20 retailers by revenue:
 
Source: Visual Capitalist   Read full article  
 
2. AI-powered smartphone shipments and market share growth:
 
Source: @financialtimes   Read full article  
 
3. The world’s largest exporters and importers of arms (2 charts):
 
Source: Visual Capitalist; BofA Global Research  
 
Source: Visual Capitalist; BofA Global Research  

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4. Permanent contraception procedures:
 
Source: The Economist   Read full article  
 
5. US presidential election probabilities in the betting markets:
 
Source: @TheTerminal, Bloomberg Finance L.P.  
 
6. Trends in substance use frequency among US adults:
 
Source: The Economist   Read full article  
 
7. The number of signers of the Declaration of Independence from each colony (in 1776):
 
Source: US Census Bureau   Read full article  
 
Estimated population of each colony at that time:
 
Source: US Census Bureau   Read full article  
 

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