This blog post originally appeared on RealMoney Silver on Dec. 16 at 7:22 a.m. EST.

While reversals in economic series are not unusual (even during recoveries), the weight of the economic evidence continues to be below consensus expectations and indicative of a more tentative recovery than most have accepted as consensus.

  • Core PPI was up 0.5% (vs. an expectation of up 0.2%), and the rate of price inflation is increasing (especially of a pipeline kind).
  • The rate of growth in manufacturing activity appears to be moderating, with a broad-based drop in the Empire State PMI this morning.
  • The NAHB survey of homebuilder confidence has now declined for three months in a row.
  • Foreign flows into U.S. financial assets have disappointed (at only $21 billion vs. a $37 billion estimate) as our currency depreciates.

In the

bizarro

investment world of December, during which fundamentals seem to be losing their import, I once again woke up to much higher futures. This has become a routine occurrence these days!

To paraphrase Elaine in Seinfeld: The U.S. stock market is reliable. It's considerate. Doug, it's your exact opposite!

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During this momentum-based month, I suppose, to paraphrase Kramer: You know what they say, "You don't sell the steak; you sell the sizzle."

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