Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Morning Journal-Austerity hasn't worked because it was never tried


Economics

This Week’s Data


The International Council of Shopping Centers reported weekly sales of major retailers down 0.8% versus the prior week but up 3.3% versus the comparable period last year; Redbook Research reported month to date retail chain store sales up 1.3% versus the similar timeframe a month ago and up 2.6% on a year over year basis.

Weekly mortgage applications rose 1.7% while purchase applications increased by 3.4%.
http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/2012/05/mba-mortgage-purchase-activity.html

Other
Austerity hasn’t worked because it was never tried (medium):
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/7/farewell-to-european-superstate-373589602/

Inside some of the employment numbers (short):
http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2012/05/march-job-openings-highest-since-2008.html

A look at CEO pay (short):
http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/2012/05/ceo-pay.html

Another look at the math of our current debt and deficit (medium):
http://www.minyanville.com/business-news/the-economy/articles/financial-armageddon-economy-inflation-medicare-medicaid/5/7/2012/id/40823

Politics

Domestic


The senate fails to extend low interest rate student loans (short):
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/gop-blocks-bill-extend-low-interest-student-loans

News on Stocks in Our Portfolios

More quarterly earnings per share reports:

Reported Expected

EOG Resources $1.17 $1.14
Teva Pharmaceutical 1.47 1.44


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