Markets are lower this morning as ECB President Mario Draghi speaks. Bonds and MBS are flat.
The ECB will now start buying corporate bonds in an attempt to stimulate their economies. Truly an amazing time we live in.
We get some labor market data this morning, before the big jobs report tomorrow.
The ADP Employment Change report came bang in line with expectations at 173k jobs created. Tomorrow’s non-farm payroll expectation is for an increase of 160k jobs created in May. Small business led the way, adding 76k employees. Professional and business services increased the most. Manufacturing jobs fell.
Note that tomorrow’s payrolls number could be affected by the Verizon strike. Regardless. the number to focus on tomorrow is the change in average hourly earnings.
Job cuts fell to a 5 month low, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Announced job cuts came in at just over 30k, a drop of about 50% from April. The two biggest industries in job cuts – energy and finance – appear to be slowing down the pace of headcount reduction.
Initial Jobless Claims came in at 267k last week,
Homebuilder Hovnanian reported second quarter earnings this morning. Deliveries were up 31% and revenues were up 40%. Earnings were still below expectations. The stock is down this morning
US auto sales fell in May, which is usually one of the stronger months for auto sales. Auto sales had been increasing for 6 years, pushed by a stronger economy and ridiculously cheap financing. Yield pigs may find that doing 8 year auto loans at 3.5% is a dumb trade.
Despite being disappointed by the current crop of presidential candidates, consumers still plan to buy cars and houses. Despite all the rhetoric, the economy is not doing all that badly, and there is tremendous pent-up demand for housing, especially from younger buyers. The issue for them is affordability, and tight inventory combined with a lack of building is making it hard.
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The House included language in the 2017 budget to bring Congressional oversight to the CFPB and subject it to the appropriations process. Currently, it is funded by the Fed, who really has no choice but to give them what they want. Second, the provision would replace the single director with a five-member board appointed by the President. While this is going nowhere (we haven’t had a budget since early in Obama’s Presidency), it will be fodder for the fall elections. For the moment, it appears the CFPB is directing its attention to payday lenders.