Zerohedge: Domestic (USA) News, February 18, 2015

Frontrunning: February 18

  • Greece to submit loan request to euro zone, Germany resists (Reuters)
  • Ukrainian forces start to quit besieged town (Reuters)
  • Bank of Japan maintains policy, no surprises (FT)
  • China Considering Mergers Among Its Big State Oil Companies (WSJ)
  • Soros Shifts to Europe, Asia as Investors Cut U.S. Equities (BBG)
  • Putin tells Kiev to let troops surrender as Ukraine ceasefire unravels (Reuters)
  • Venezuela Squanders Its Oil Wealth (BBG)
  • Swiss prosecutor raids HSBC office, opens criminal inquiry (Reuters)


US Industrial Production Misses (Again) As Manufacturing & Construction Growth Disappoint

With a mere 0.2% rise inmanufacturing production (missing expectations of a 0.4% rise), and capacity utilization printing 79.4%, missing expectations of a rise to 79.9%, it is no surprise that overall industrial production missed expectations for the second month in a row. Motor vehicle production fell 0.6% in January and construction supply fell 0.3% – the most in 10 months.

Beef Prices “Only” 24% Higher Than Year Ago As Cost Of Booze Resumes Climb

While the PPI report is full of useful, seasonally-adjusted data points, the two items the vast majority of American consumers should be most interested in are the prices of beef and veal, and the prices of alcoholic beverages. Here we have some good and bad news: the good news, is that while the beef/veal price index has risen to a new all time high of 255.2, the pace of annual increase is now slowing down, and is is now “only” up 24% from a year earlier. The bad news, is that the price of alcoholic beverages, after posting two straight months of annual price declines, has once again started rising.

Housing Starts, Permit Miss Expectations On Drop In Single-Family Housing

Earlier today, we got a hint that hopes that the 5th dead cat “housing rebound” bounce have been indefinitely delayed after Mortgage Applications cratered by over 13% after tumbling 9% in the week before on even the most fractional of 10 Year yield increases. That hope suffered another embarrassing defeat moments ago when the Census Bureau reported that in January both housing starts and permits missed expectations, rising at 1070K and 1053K, respectively, once again missing Wall Street consensus of 1089K and 1067K. The reason: yet another drop in single-family housing. Because while multi-family, i.e., rental units, remained brisk and rose from 340K to 381K for the starts and from 360K to 372K for the permits…

Housing Starts, Permit Miss Expectations On Drop In Single-Family Housing

The drop in the price of energy will be initially blamed for the 0.8% MoM drop in Producer Prices Final Demand (far more than 0.4% drop expected) and the most on record. However, ex-food-and-energy, PPI also fell 0.1% (missing expectations of a 0.1% rise) and ex-food-and-energy-and-trade-services, PPI fell 0.3% – so it’s not just the energy price drop (even thoughfuels and lubricants dropped 9.3% MoM). In fact the biggest MoM drop was in furnishings, computer hardware, and TV, video, and photo equipment.

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