Existing Home Sales hit the tape down 16.7% to 5.45 million units, the largest decline since 1968. Economists were looking for a much better number. While sales declined in every region, inventories came down a bit, a good sign that “maybe” we can work through glut even if government support dwindles.
Apple blew the doors off with earnings at $1.82 per share. PPI posted better than expected numbers and certainly takes the Fed off the inflation hook. Housing numbers didn’t impress anyone. We’ll stick with our neutral market call while leaning towards the bullish camp.
The failure of the market to hold yesterday’s gains suggest we are building on a bearish continuation pattern. English translation is one of caution, telling us it’s time to be defensive. We expect the new range on the 10 year to be 3.34% to 3.48%. Expectations for worsening Austin mortgage pricing is quite high so take cover.