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The Sky is Not Falling…Yet

By Michael Ashton

The Employment Report on Friday was bad – but it wasn’t the unmitigated disaster that the consensus seems to have spun it into. It is true that there were no bright spots. It is true that the net number of new jobs added was worse than consensus and indeed worse than some of the more pessimistic expectations. But 142k new jobs is not a recessionary collapse (yet). Let us remember that one or two months every year fall below that figure (see chart, source Bloomberg).

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Consumer Sentiment Forecasts Employment

By Tom McClellan

Consumer Sentiment Still Forecasts Employment Growth

Unemployment rate and University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey
May 15, 2015

The unemployment rate has not finished falling.  That is the message from the data provided by the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers.

In this week’s chart, I am comparing an inverted plot of the US civilian unemployment rate to the UMich sentiment data.  It makes complete sense that how consumers are feeling should have a strong positive correlation to the unemployment rate.  In a recession, when more Americans are out of work, it would be natural for consumers to be bummed out.  So to find a relationship between them is not much of a surprise.

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The “Big Lie” About the US Jobs Picture

Guest Post by Elliott Wave International

The “Big Lie” About the US Jobs Picture

Some 30 million people are either out of work or severely underemployed

Editor’s note: You’ll find the text version of the story below the video.

The financial media has recently featured stories with an upbeat outlook for the U.S. economy.

For example: The economy is on track for “the fastest growth in a decade” (Associated Press), and “Experts expect jobs aplenty in ’15” (USA Today).

This upbeat tone is related to December’s U.S. jobless rate of 5.6%, its lowest since June 2008.

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The Financialized Economy

This segment is excerpted from this week’s Notes From the Rabbit Hole, NFTRH 329, and was originally titled…

Does the US Economy and Stock Market Need Manufacturing?

The ISM PMI reports for December and January showed deceleration in line with our view that a persistently strong US dollar would begin to eat away at US manufacturing, exporters and other companies that depend on significant foreign business.  But in an age where investors will bid up Twitter* (with its forward P/E of 141 and 30B market cap to 1.2B revenue) by 16% in a day, are we returning to the old days of ‘PE’s don’t matter’ with the hook or tout being ‘it’s all about ad revenue’?

One analyst quoted in the WSJ:  “Given FB’s (Facebook) history… we think that investors do not want to miss out on another social stock run”

Is this type of mentality not reminiscent of the late 1990’s?  Twitter, like Facebook, is implementing strategies to monetize all those short attention spanned eyeballs, but 30B?

As you will see by the charts in this week’s report, despite elevated general forward valuations (graph below) and ridiculous individual valuations like Twitter and so many other fad stocks, the bull market’s technical situation remains unbroken and generally bullish, although the volatile ‘swing’ market theme remains intact for now.

* Personally, I deleted my Facebook account because after all, who really needs to see yet another picture of someone’s super bowl chili or winter vacation in the tropics?  I use Twitter as a button at the websites.  Make post, press button… done.  Another tweet the world really doesn’t need.  But it is a handy little tool.

Back on topic, here is the current forward P/E level of the US stock market (graph source is factset.com, by way of the free ‘Daily Shot’ email service from soberlook.com).  They each cover relevant global macro data and are recommended.


P/E is as stretched as it gets for US corporations.  But in a world where deflation is the key theme, capital flows have well, flowed into US asset markets.  On a risk vs. reward basis, the view continues to be that certain global areas are more favorable than the US for new investment.  As an example, we have been noting that Germany, as an exporter operating behind a weak currency and QE-inclined Central Bank, could be a destination for favorable investment vs. the US in 2015.  Deutschland factory orders are improving.

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MSM Rationalizes Stock Market Reversal

Never mind that the US increased employment by 252,000 in December and unemployment sagged to 5.6%.  The stock market moves to its own beat and doesn’t care much about the particulars in the ‘Jobs’ report or the media’s interpretations of its details.

US Stocks Decline as Wage Data Overshadows Job Gains

The market only cares about how those particulars affect the money creation that has kept it in operation since 2009.  Here are two graphs from NFTRH 324…

On the Monetary Base view, Post-QE Base dropped, the S&P 500 popped (Santa seasonals)… then dropped… then the Base popped after the S&P 500 dropped and then the S&P 500 popped, then it dropped (to fill the gaps) and popped again; but today it dropped.


The Fed Funds view (ZIRP is into its 6th year now) simply shows box 1 (black) and box 2 (red).  Box 1 wants to see box 2 remain very thin and horizontally rectangular while it continues to grow very tall in a vertically rectangular sort of way.


Economics 101, Wonderland style.

The worry in the ‘Jobs’ details was supposedly in wage stagnation.  The mainstream thinking being that wage growth would spur organic economic expansion as all those consumers get out there and gobble up the economy’s products.

But it can be argued (by the second chart above that it is the lack of wage growth that can cause fretting by policy makers and an avoidance of any moves that would threaten box 2.  Put another way, if wages start growing and the things that mainstream economists call inflation start to get out of hand the pressure would mount – amidst the strong economic backdrop – to get on that rate hike cycle and not fall behind the curve.

So today’s reaction by the stock market is not unexpected by this individual participant, because I was only looking for a gap-fill bounce with no need to read more into it than that.  But the lack of wage growth is not a reason why the stock market should be going down.  The jumpiness in yield spreads could be among them, however.