7) Initial jobless claims fall to 346k from 355k last week but about in line with expectations.
8) Personal Income in May rises .5%, .3pp above the estimate, and the savings rate ticks up to 3.2% from 3.0%. Savings and investment are the key to healthy growth, not borrow and spend.
9) Shanghai index rallies for first day in eight as PBOC tries to calm the turbulence in interbank and money markets.
10) Japan reports better than expected gains in IP, retail sales and housing starts but still has long ways to go in their desire to raise the cost of living of their citizenry (hopefully for them will be offset by wage gains if inflation gains are achieved).11) German IFO hangs in, rising a touch from May. Retail sales and jobs data also better than expected.
12) In Letta we trust: Italian business confidence rises to highest since April '12. 13) French retail sales in May rise more than expected. 14)EU economic confidence rises to 91.3 from 89.5, the best since May '12 in sign of bottom, but actual growth still ways away and risks remain on downside. 15) For QE lovers, Draghi and BoE member say no taper here. Negatives 1) June Chicago PMI falls to 51.6 from 58.7 as backlogs fall to lowest since Sept '09. 2) The average 30-year mortgage rate rises almost 30 bps on the week to near two-year high, and refi applications fall 5.2% to the lowest since Nov '11. 3) Q1 GDP rises just 1.8%, down from previous print of 2.4%, as spending in particular gets revised lower. While old news, it provides a smaller base from which Q2 growth began. 4) French consumer confidence falls to lowest on record dating to 1972. 5) With all the attempts on the part of Fed members with their speeches and comments, the 10-year note yield falls just 4 bps on the week after jumping 40 bps in the week prior.
Originally published on Thursday, June 27 at 8:36 a.m. EDT. Currently, only five out of 84 stocks I have mentioned in my diary are eligible to buy vs. five out of 82 in early April. Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld): (To Kramer and Morty) What is this about?
Kramer (Michael Richards): I'm completely changing the configuration of the apartment. You're not gonna believe it when you see it. A whole new lifestyle.
Jerry: What are you doing?
Kramer: Yeah, I'm getting rid of all my furniture. All of it. And I'm going to build these different levels, with steps, and it'll all be carpeted with a lot of pillows. You know, like ancient Egypt.
Jerry: You drew up plans for this?
Kramer: No, no. It's all in my head.
Morty (Barney Martin): I don't know how you're going to be comfortable like that.
Kramer: Oh, I'll be comfortable.
-- "Seinfeld," The Pony Remark Below is an updated list of buy levels on selected stocks that I have mentioned on Real Money Pro. I would now rate only five out of 84 stocks (compared to five out of 82 stocks in early April) as attractive to buy at current levels. They are Apple (AAPL - Get Report), Chimera (CIM), Monitise (MONI.L), iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) and Northwest Bancshares (NWBI).
Let me explain the distinction in the two different approaches I use in addressing a portfolio and to the portfolio's individual stock construction. I would describe this morning's levels exercise as more of a bottoms-up approach toward selecting individual securities, as compared to my calculation of the S&P 500's fair market value (I am still grappling with this calculation!), which is a top-down approach toward the broader market. The two approaches will often yield different results. In the case of levels, 6% of the monitored stocks are eligible to buy (flat with April's "Levels").
- AIG (AIG), under $40
- Altisource Asset Management (AAMC), under $225
- Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), under $85
- Altisource Residential (RESI), under $16.50
- American Express (AXP), avoid
- Apple (AAPL - Get Report), under $400*
- Avon Products (AVP), under $20
- Bank of America (BAC), under $12.50
- Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), avoid
- Bridgepoint Education (BPI), avoid
- Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY), under $44
- Broadcom (BRCM), under $31.50
- Caterpillar (CAT), avoid
- Charming Shoppes (CHRS), acquired
- Chimera Investment (CIM), under $3.00*
- Chubb (CB), under $80.50
- Citigroup (C), under $46.50
- Cohen & Steers (CNS), under $32.50
- Colgate-Palmolive (CL), under $52
- Clorox (CLX), under $80.50
- ConocoPhillips (COP), under $56.50
- CSX Corporation (CSX), under $22
- Danaher (DHR), avoid
- Dell (DELL), under $12.00
- Disney (DIS), under $60
- eBay (EBAY), under $50.50
- E*Trade (ETFC), under $10.00
- ExxonMobil (XOM), under $85
- Facebook (FB), under $22
- Ford (F), under $14
- Fortinet (FTNT), under $15
- Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX), under $24.50
- Fusion-io (FIO), avoid
- General Motors (GM), under $29.50
- Goldman Sachs (GS), avoid
- Grand Canyon Education (LOPE), avoid
- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), avoid
- Groupon (GRPN), avoid
- Henry Schein (HSIC), avoid
- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), under $21.50
- Home Depot (HD), under $72.50
- Home Loan Servicing Solutions (HLSS), under $21.50
- IBM (IBM), under $192
- Infoblox (BLOX), under $27
- Intel (INTC), under $22.50
- International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), under $73.50
- iShares FTSE/Xinhua China 25 Index Fund (FXI), avoid
- J.C. Penney (JCP), avoid
- JPMorgan Chase (JPM), under $49.50
- Kellogg (K), under $60.50
- KKR Financial (KFN), under $10
- Legg Mason (LM), under $28
- Lincoln National (LNC), under $30.50
- Loews (L), under $41.50
- Lowe's (LOW), under $38.50
- MetLife (MET), under $39.50
- MGIC Investment (MTG), under $5.35
- Microsoft (MSFT), under $32
- Monitise, under 35*
- Morgan Stanley (MS), avoid
- Nationstar Mortgage (NSM), avoid
- Northwest Bancshares (NWBI), under $12.80
- Oaktree (OAK), under $49.50
- Och-Ziff (OZM), under $9.50
- Ocwen Financial (OCN), under $39
- Peabody Energy (BTU), avoid
- PepsiCo (PEP), under $78.50
- Pitney Bowes (PBI), avoid
- PNC Financial (PNC), under $69.50
- Procter & Gamble (PG), under $75.50
- ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT), under $68
- iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund, under 110*
- Prudential (PRU), under $67.50
- Qlik Technologies (QLIK), under $26.50
- Schwab (SCHW), under $18
- Sourcefire (FIRE), under $52.50
- SunTrust (STI), under $29
- Target (TGT), under $65
- T. Rowe Price (TROW), under $70
- Waddell & Reed (WDR), under $39.50
- Walter Energy (WLT), avoid
- Wells Fargo (WFC), under $38.50
- XL Group (XL), under $28.50
- Yahoo! (YHOO), avoid