And MacroAdvisors downgrades their US 2Q11 GDP growth with a worse mix: more inventories, less consumption, from 2.8% to 2.6%.
And now with those Jobless Claims. As I guessed (no tool to forecast here... just a guesstimate, like Mr. Gartman usually says) that if this week's claims came in @ 420k and that horrible +470k+ number dropped out of the 4wk moving average we'd still see a very bad trend.
And here we are. INJC @ +422k, last week's number revised up +4k.
Below the NSA (those seasonal adjustments are tought, huh!) 4 and 6k average compared to LAST year.
Is it Japan? Is it the accumulation in inventories making rounds and 'firing people'?
I do not know nor do I forecast, but I still think that this pause in the upward movement of risky-markets is bad for the economy. That it will cause numbers to come in worse than before, therefore bringing markets down and feeding into the loop (markets down, economy down, markets down...) until more stimulus comes.
For now I will leave this post with the excerpt below, from the Factory Orders report released earlier this morning:
Inventories of manufactured durable goods in April, up sixteen consecutive months, increased $3.3 billion or 0.9 percent to $350.6 billion, unchanged from the previously published increase. This was at the highest level since the series was first published on a NAICS basis and followed a 1.7 percent March increase.
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