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Existing Home Sales Recovery

Some recovery.  *pfft* 

To construct this chart, we compute for each month the year-over-year house price change for all 1,220 counties for which CoreLogic reports overall house price indexes. Those price changes are ranked from highest to lowest and then reported as percentiles based on this ranking. For example, the 5th percentile tracks the 61st-lowest county-level house price change in each month. Note that an individual county can be, and often is, in different percentiles over time. Gray shading indicates an NBER recession.

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Visualizing The Housing Bubble Recovery

This visual gives one a clear perspective on what housing areas were hit the hardest during the recent financial crisis and subsequent housing (price) fall. The recovery in some areas has been amazing.

Created by Catherine Mulbrandon at VisualizingEconomics.com

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The Truth And Myths Of Greentech

We are witnessing the maturation of an industry and the adoption of proven management practices. Successful cleantech companies are making their offerings competitive by focusing on excellence in operations, marketing, sales, and distribution. The principles that apply to any manufacturing business, such as reducing procurement costs and improving productivity through lean manufacturing, are increasingly important for clean technologies as well.

The cleantech space is diverse; it cannot be painted with a broad brush. We looked at 16 important clean technologies and found that while every single one has made progress over the past decade, some are moving much faster than others. Just over half of them—advanced building technologies, advanced agriculture, food life-cycle optimization, grid analytics, grid-scale storage, intelligent transport, next-generation vehicles, solar PVs (photovoltaics), unconventional natural gas, and water treatment—could become truly disruptive to…

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Skyrocketing Prices At The Pharmacy Counter

The staggering increase in prescription drug costs can only make one wonder if one day..... only the wealthy "elite" will be able to afford to live longer.

Prices for brand-name drugs for diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and arthritis are soaring, a survey for Bloomberg News by data provider DRX found.  Analysts, meanwhile, predict the first $1 million drug treatment may be just around the corner. The analysis of big-selling drugs found that price increases in the United States have far outpaced inflation since late 2007 for many drug categories. Here are 73 drug brands whose U.S. prices for at least one dosage…

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STZ

This one's intriguing not only for the possible daily head-and-shoulders top (gap fill is the obvious target) but look at it's monthly chart.  I believe U.S. growth has been "baked in" with a wealth of competition and increasing pressures in the "healthy drink" area.  In my opinion, they'll have to become more dependent on overseas growth to expand revenue and margins.  Overseas growth in a time of austerity throughout the globe.  It won't be simple.  There are definite divergences developing on the weekly and daily time frames and I seriously would not be surprised if this turns into a longer-term short.  Sure, (*if it works) I'd take a partial on breakdown and another at gap fill but I'd leave the balance with a alert to cover above $82.30 and see what happens.  If it doesn't work - risk is defined.  That or buy LEAP puts and sit back.  What goes up in parabolic fashion, does usually…

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Ahead Of The Curve; Gundlach-Short Home Builders.

(Edited to add ITB weekly chart)

We chuckle in Chat when we see a fund manager recommend a short (or buy) in an area we've already discussed on site.  Case in point: home builders.

Having a mortgage banking background AND given the current state of low wage job creation, I could not agree more with Doubline's Gundlach.  Increasingly big business lobbyists are pushing for the Obama Administration to increase the number H-1B visa issuance, stating that the U.S. doesn't have the skilled workers needed to fill their need.  In truth are they merely…

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CNBC's Liesman, Housing And Other Fairy Tales

Ever want to reach through the television screen and punch someone?  To see ANY commentator spew fairy dust and tall tales with a straight face without telling the entire picture just makes my blood boil.  Here's a portion of this discussion - full video located below

"The excess amount of young adults living at home will unwind alongside a stronger macroeconmic environment and income growth; and the inordinate amount of married couples that are residing in apartment will transition into single-family homes"
Liesman continues:  It has been wrong but I still believe. 
Seriously?  Sure - in a normal recovery!
Steve while you're doing your "30,000 foot view", did…

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China Firm Can Build TEN 3-D Houses In One Day

For a nifty $5,000, this too can be yours. Ouch!  OK clearly it's not luxury construction but for temporary housing, sturdy weather-resistance storage, camping (?) and housing the poor, quite the innovation. One can only imagine the long term implications for both housing..............and the construction worker.

A private company in east China recently used a giant printer set to print out ten full-sized houses within just one day.

The stand-alone one-story houses in the Shanghai Hi-Tech Industrial Park look just like ordinary buildings. They were created using an intelligent printing array in east China's city of Suzhou.

The array consists of four printers that are 10 meters wide and 6.6 meters high and use multi-directional automated sprays. The sprays emit a combination of cement and construction waste that…

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Video: The New Woodstock For Cartoons

"I keep calling it the Woodstock of television," Seibert tells Mashable. "It is the biggest audience of mass television viewing in the history of moving pictures."

Seibert isn't joking. With over 1 billion unique users watching over 6 billion hours of video each month, YouTube's reach is stunning. According to Neilsen, the site reaches more U.S. adults aged 18 to 34 than any cable network.

It's easy to see why cartoon creators would forego the red tape and high pressure of cable television in favor of the Internet. Taking a cartoon from concept to production is grueling work, requiring a huge commitment from the creators and a huge paycheck from the network. More often than not, pitches never see the light of day.…

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Funday Monday Reads

  • EU added 7 rich men and 17 corporations to their list to sanction in Russia. Obama hits them with exports and the banking sector.  Market still not liking the tensions there. 

    Asked in his CNBC interview Wednesday whether Wall Street is right to remain calm over the standoff, Mr. Obama replied: “No.”“I think this time’s different,” he said. “I think they should be concerned…. When you have a situation in which a faction is willing potentially to default on U.S. government obligations then we are in trouble.  (WSJ)

  • Fed whisperer Hilsenrath says it's time to worry…

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Daily Reads

  • Just goes to show you, when it's hated, it can outperform.  Who was the outperformer for your money in Q1?  Bonds baby! Bespoke
  • Today is Option Expiration for some weekly options.  Monday will be end of month and end of quarter.  Redemption selling has been pretty vicious but orderly.  Some feel this is the beginning of a larger correction and that reaction rallies should be sold at the higher level.  Clear rotation out of tech and small caps into fixed income, financials and oil/gas. Kos picked up slivers of her favorites names last night looking for some window dressing.  Keep an eye on USD/JPY for proxy for risk appetite.  To those not so brave, let the market show it's direction before pulling the trigger and even then, be nimble and prepared to bail.
  • 60 minutes will be doing a spot on Elon Musk and TSLA…

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Banks Breathe A Sigh Of Relief

While the market continues to digest yesterdays' comments from new Fed Chairwoman Janice Yellen that rates will begin to rise possibly as early as six months after tapering is complete (mid-2015 rather than late 2015), banks are definitely yelling pahtay with big gains across the financial sector today.

Even $C (who I normally detest) is attempting to breakout of a beautiful double bottom pattern. 

Like it or not, banks will be more willing to lend in a rising rate environment and let's face it; it's tough to make a buck when you're lending at 3%.  I would imagine this will be good for broker/dealers as well although not shown here.  Now if only we could get Congress to do away with that pesky transaction tax…

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Daily Reads

  • Don't tell Twitter but Women dominate social media (Infographic)
  • Rent vs Buy.  Based on tax bracket, what areas are cheaper to rent? Trulia interactive Map
  • Quite a few bearish engulfing charts in the major Spyder ETFs.  If you're not hedged you should be. Grid charts
  • 3D Systems ($DDD) teams up with the White House and D.O.D. to provide access for the mfg. industry to the…

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