Sunday, August 13, 2017

Charting Last Week (8/7 - 8/11/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the second quarter is 1.98% year over year growth (2.15% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the third quarter of 2017 is at 2.01% year over year growth (2.50% QoQ) up from 2.00% last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.
Stocks took a hit this week as North Korea and the U.S. traded harsh words. It was the first weekly decline of over 1% for the S&P 500 in four months. According to the Fed Funds futures the next rate hike has been pushed out to June of 2018 (last week it was March of 2018). The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 57.5% chance of a rate hike by June 2018 (down from a 69.2% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.
The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) decreased by 0.04% percentage points to 2.78%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) increased to 5.14%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.    
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These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

International Leading Indicators - August 2017

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) is at 2.79% and is 0.09% percentage points lower than last month. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) increased to 4.97%.

The OECD released their Leading Indicators for most major countries on Tuesday. 11 of the 20 countries in the Developed Markets had decreasing Leading Indices. The Leading Indices increased for 10 out of 15 countries in the Emerging Markets. When available, I have averaged the indicators with the Conference Board's Leading indicators to create a composite for each country. I created Leading Indicators for International Developed Markets (EFA) and International Emerging Markets (EEM) by weighting each country's growth rate by the market share of each country's stocks in the respective funds. On the last chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for various countries.

All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.   Click here for more details.

Furthermore, these charts have limitations.  Economic data is often revised after the fact.  The market is forward looking and anticipates future events.  The unexpected can and will happen.  The market is continually changing.  The conditions of the past are different from the present.  Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Charting Last Week (7/31 - 8/4/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the second quarter is 1.96% year over year growth (2.08% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the third quarter of 2017 is at 2.00% year over year growth (2.45% QoQ) up from 1.94% last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock and Bond prices were mixed for the week. The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 57.7% chance of a rate hike by March 2018 (down from a 60.1% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.  

There were not any updates to the International Leading Indices during the week. The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) is at 2.82%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) is at 4.73%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.
    
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Charting Last Week (7/17 - 7/21/17)

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced on Friday that in the second quarter of 2017 GDP grew at 2.08% year over year growth (2.57% QoQ). This was very close to the average prediction in the Wall Street Journal's Economic Forecasting Survey of 2.73% GDP growth rate (QoQ). The North Star GDP Estimate for the second quarter is 2.01% year over year growth (2.29% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the third quarter of 2017 is at 1.94% year over year growth (2.22% QoQ). The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock and Bond prices were mixed for the week. The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 50.1% chance of a rate hike by January 2018 (down from a 50.5% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) increased by 0.07% percentage points to 2.82%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) rose to 4.73%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.
   
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Q2 GDP Predictions

Tomorrow, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will announce the Advanced Estimate of the 2017 Second Quarter GDP growth rate. The average prediction in the Wall Street Journal's Economic Forecasting Survey with 62 projections from economists is a 2.73% GDP growth rate (quarter over quarter growth at an annualized rate) with a high of 3.4% and a low of 1.6%. Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model is forecasting 2.82%. New York Fed's NowCast model is predicting 2.04%.

The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 1.96% year over year growth which comes out to 1.12% (quarter over quarter growth at an annualized rate).


All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Charting Last Week (7/17 - 7/21/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the first quarter is 2.08% year over year growth (1.33% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 1.95% year over year growth (0.78% QoQ) down from 1.94% last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock and Bond prices were up across the board for the second week in a row. The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 50.5% chance of a rate hike by January 2018 (up from a 50.0% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.  

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) decreased by 0.03% percentage points to 2.75%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) is at 4.32%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.  
 
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Charting Last Week (7/10 - 7/14/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the first quarter is 2.09% year over year growth (1.37% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 1.92% year over year growth (0.68% QoQ) down from 1.94% last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock and Bond prices were up across the board. Fed Chair, Janet Yellen, told Congress that "the federal funds rate would not have to rise all that much further to get to a neutral policy stance." The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 50.0% chance of a rate hike by January 2018 (down from a 60.7% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.


The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) decreased by 0.10% percentage points to 2.78%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) is at 4.42%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.

   
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

International Leading Indicators - July 2017

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) is at 2.79% and is 0.02% percentage points higher than last month. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) declined to 4.40%.

The OECD released their Leading Indicators for most major countries on Monday. 13 of the 20 countries in the Developed Markets had decreasing Leading Indices. The Leading Indices decreased for 8 out of 15 countries in the Emerging Markets. When available, I have averaged the indicators with the Conference Board's Leading indicators to create a composite for each country. I created Leading Indicators for International Developed Markets (EFA) and International Emerging Markets (EEM) by weighting each country's growth rate by the market share of each country's stocks in the respective funds. On the last chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for various countries.



All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security.   Click here for more details.

Furthermore, these charts have limitations.  Economic data is often revised after the fact.  The market is forward looking and anticipates future events.  The unexpected can and will happen.  The market is continually changing.  The conditions of the past are different from the present.  Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Charting Last Week (7/03 - 7/7/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the first quarter is 2.06% year over year growth (1.25% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 1.94% year over year growth (0.77% QoQ) down from 1.97% last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock prices were mixed for the week while bond prices were mostly down. The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 59.1% chance of a rate hike by December of 2017 (up from a 54.4% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) decreased by 0.13% percentage points to 2.88%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) is at 4.39%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.
   
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Charting Last Week (6/26 - 6/30/17)

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced on Thursday that in the first quarter of 2017 GDP grew at 1.42% quarter over quarter growth at an annualized rate, up from the previous estimate of 1.15%. The North Star GDP Estimate for the first quarter is 2.05% year over year growth (1.19% QoQ). The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 1.97% year over year growth (0.88% QoQ) unchanged from last week. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.


Stock prices were mixed for the week while bond prices were mostly down. The Fed Funds futures are now implying a 54.4% chance of a rate hike by December of 2017 (up from a 53.1% chance last week) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) increased by 0.12% percentage points to 2.99%, the highest it has been since June 2014. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) decreased to 4.39%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.  

 
All information, data and analysis provided by this website is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for more details.

These charts have limitations. Economic data is often revised after the fact. The market is forward looking and anticipates future events. The unexpected can and will happen. The market is continually changing. The conditions of the past are different from the present. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2017 Q1 GDP Growth Rate Third Estimate Predictions

Tomorrow, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will announce the Third Estimate of the 2017 First Quarter GDP growth rate. The average prediction in the Wall Street Journal's Economic Forecasting Survey, with 54 economists responding, is a 1.20% GDP growth rate (quarter over quarter growth at an annualized rate) with a high of 2.0% and a low of 0.8% (this is up from last month's average prediction of 0.89%). The Second Estimate of the 2017 First Quarter GDP growth rate announced on May 26 was 1.15%.

The North Star GDP Forecast for the first quarter of 2017 is at 1.99% year over year growth which comes out to 0.96% (quarter over quarter growth at an annualized rate) down from last month's Forecast of 1.32% (QoQ). The North Star GDP Estimate for the second quarter of 2017 is 1.95% year over year growth (or 1.27% QoQ).