Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Morning Journal -- Is the Treasury going to issue floating rate notes?


Economics
This Week’s Data


The International Council of Shopping Centers reported weekly sales of major retailers were up 0.5% versus the prior week and up 4.5% versus the comparable period a year ago; Redbook Research reported month to date retail chain store sales up 0.8% versus the similar timeframe last month and up 4.1% on a year over year basis.

February wholesale inventories rose 0.9% versus expectations of an increase of 0.5%; more important wholesale sales jumped 1.2%.

Weekly mortgage applications fell 2.4% while purchase applications dropped 0.5%.

Other
ASA staffing index continues to climb (short):
http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2012/04/temporary-employment-is-improving.html

Is the Treasury about to launch ‘floating rate notes? And what that means (medium/long):
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/if-1951-accord-any-indication-treasurys-imminent-launch-floaters-will-be-signal-get-out-dodge

The recent readings in the Economic Output Composite Index and the NFIB Small Business Confidence Index are pointing to slower economic growth (medium):
http://advisorperspectives.com/dshort/guest/Lance-Roberts-120410-Return-Of-Economic-Weakness.php

Politics

Domestic


Obama on Paul Ryan’s ‘social Darwinism’ (medium):
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/295621/social-darwinist-smear-rich-lowry

Mortgage settlement lies (medium):
http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/04/more-proof-of-obama-mortgage-settlement-lies-woefully-underresourced-investigation-not-fully-staffed-yet.html


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