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Empire Manufacturing Beats Expectations As Prices Paid Surge To Two And A Half Year High, Advance Retail Sales Of 0.3%, Below Expectations Of 0.5%

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The only actual number that matters, is the Empire Index' Prices Paid index, which climbed to a two and a half year high of 45.8, as prices received barely moved. Even the Empire Index itself acknowledges the collapse in margins: "The prices paid index climbed to a two and-a-half-year high in
February, but the measure for prices received was little changed,
suggesting some pressure on profit margins
." New orders and employees both dropped to 11.8 and 3.6, from 12.4 and 8.4 respectively. And, lo and behold, inventories climbed to the highest since April: the hollow growth must continue!

From Empire Report:

The general business conditions index rose 3.5 points to 15.4. The new orders index edged down just slightly, to 11.8. The shipments index retreated 14 points, reversing much of January’s 18-point surge, but remained positive at 11.3. The inventories index continued to climb from its December low, reaching its highest level since April. The index for number of employees fell, but the average workweek measure moved up. The prices paid index climbed to a two and-a-half-year high in February, but the measure for prices received was little changed, suggesting some pressure on profit margins.The forward-looking indexes continued to signal widespread optimism, though to a somewhat  lesser degree than in January. Indexes for expected prices, both paid and received, declined moderately, after reaching multiyear highs last month.

Yet the biggest disappointment came from the advance retail sales which not only missed on every metric, but saw all the January data was revised lower:

  • US Advance Retail Sales in January were 0.3% M/M vs. Exp. 0.5% (Prev. 0.6%, Revised lower to 0.5%)
  • US Retail Sales Less Autos in January were 0.3% M/M vs. Exp. 0.5% (Prev. 0.5%, Revised also lower to 0.3%)
  • US Retail Sales Ex Autos & Gas in January were 0.2% M/M vs. Exp. 0.4% (Prev. 0.4%, Revised, where else, lower to 0.1%)

Bottom line - the entire holiday retail season has now been confirmed to be a disaster, despite the propaganda machine spending billions in taxpayer pimp money to dress it up.

Can we start the QE3 talk already?


 


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Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:34 | Link to Comment slow_roast
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Levitation bitchez!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:52 | Link to Comment Judge Judy Scheinlok
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SO MANY LAWS AGAINST PERVERTED PEOPLE BUT NO LAWS ABOUT PERVERTED DATA. WITH THAT IN MIND; WHO'S YOUR DADDY ?

(99% of you will answer: The Bernank)

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:05 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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This makes me wonder how last week's "CONsumer CONfidence" numbers were so high. LMAO!

Green shoots abound. We'll need to hire a few million "illegal landscapers" to cut 'em down just to see all the great news!

 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:36 | Link to Comment Panafrican Funk...
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110215/ap_on_bi_go_ec_fi/us_economy

"There is a huge amount of pent-up demand waiting to be unleashed," Hoffman said. "The only missing ingredient for a sustained consumer rally is job creation."

Just... yeah.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:35 | Link to Comment The Axe
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Not only that...revisions on retail sales were BAD....ex auto and gas...retail sales fell off a cliff...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:48 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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That "wealth effect" is really working!... or not. Let it snow let it snow let it snow!

Retail sales were abysmal. Enough said.

 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:35 | Link to Comment morph
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Check the retail sales revisions too. Expectations were missed even after large revisions.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:36 | Link to Comment The Axe
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Must be fucking snow...lol

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:40 | Link to Comment sodbuster
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Yep it was the snow.... and the cold- don't forget the cold!!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:49 | Link to Comment cossack55
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Snow is cold? WTF. What about global warming?  I want warm snow.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:52 | Link to Comment sodbuster
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There's cold, 20 degrees.....and then there's COLD.....-20 degrees. 

 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:38 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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Will someone please fix the futures?  They're red. Ok thx.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:39 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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Can just start to hear....the squeal of the tires as the brakes are slammed on and the economic vehicle begins to slide towards.....(tune in next month) 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:49 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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Our efficient markets are pricing this stuff in at least 6 months in advance.  I'm sure of it.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:56 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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More QE and the skid will go on for a long time....just have no idea whether it will be hitting a brick wall or going off a cliff.....but I'm sure you are correct!! 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:09 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Either way, it is the sudden stop that kills you. I hope it is the cliff. The view will be better.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:39 | Link to Comment jobs1234
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This will probably be spun as great data and up we go. BTFD

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:40 | Link to Comment Oh regional Indian
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Hollow growth must continue.

Eureka moment. The only thing known that exhibits hollow growth is a baloon or a bubble.

Or similar.

ORI

http://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/oil-crisis-in-a-thousand-words/

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:50 | Link to Comment cossack55
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You forgot blondes.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:58 | Link to Comment Judge Judy Scheinlok
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SOMETIMES I GO BLONDS, STRAWBERRY. I OWN P90X AND UNDER MY ROBE I'M RIPPED TO THE 9'S.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:09 | Link to Comment Overflow-admin
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Could you please turn off caps-lock? It's F*****G ANNOYING!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:53 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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ORI-- Hollow growth is a great term to descibe this giant cesspool of deception and lies. UK inflation comes in at 3.7% in a single month on the back of 10% rise in food price in the same month! DING DING DING! [in an old street English accent] 

"Lot's a chaulk-lit fer me to eat, lot's a coal making' lot's a eat. Warm face, warm hands, warm feet. Oh woodn't it be a loverly?"

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:46 | Link to Comment overmedicatedun...
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nothing to see here..retail sales always drop after holidays. that price increase thingy is unexpected tho.

Harry tells me he is adding inventory waiting for the 2nd qtr buying spree per this report.

for myself I see a "silent spring" of higher debt, inflation and lower UE as 99ers commit suicide after getting dropped off the dole and thus reduce the workforce.

geen shoots this spring for sure Harry.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:51 | Link to Comment topcallingtroll
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That suicide post appears to be a fake based on investigations by various posters.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:56 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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Oh, did the federal bureau of blog investigations issue a statement on that?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:53 | Link to Comment ElvisDog
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I knew that post was fake when he wrote that he wasn't allowed to visit his dying partner in the hospital because he was gay. Really. Hospitals ask you if you're straight or not before permitting you access to a patient? I think not.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:55 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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Thank goodness for Dr. Deficit the 99'ers will be dropping like flies come next month... we wouldn't want those peasants causing any trouble now, ya hear?

<sarc off>

Houston, we have a problem.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:47 | Link to Comment Racer
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Ah but this is the new age of SouthSeaTulips.com where margins and earnings don't matter

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:37 | Link to Comment Rogerwilco
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Good choice for a domain handle. MississippiSouthSeaTulips.com is too hard to spell.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:51 | Link to Comment Racer
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What a load of manipulated twaddle

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:59 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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"manipulated twaddle"...there is an under utilized phrase. I like it!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:12 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Seems like a bit of dog's breakfast to me. Eh, what?

 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:54 | Link to Comment Misean
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If you just ignore the bad data, the ebubblemy looks pretty healthy.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:54 | Link to Comment AN0NYM0US
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ElErian and Shilling coming up on Bloomberg Radio - between 9am and 10am est

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:54 | Link to Comment kornholio
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i hope the dow drops 1 or 2 points so i can BTFD

dips gettin more shallow, this bitch is ready to zoom to 36,000....

the old alcoholic art cashin said the market is "resting" what a fucking load of horse shit, he should go to the fucking nursing home with his case of cheap gin...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:59 | Link to Comment Misean
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Resting?!?! I thought it was pining for the fjords...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:55 | Link to Comment sudzee
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Real interest rates must be down to -10%. Everything is just honky dory. Dow 100,000 easy.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 09:56 | Link to Comment buzzsaw99
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It's all priced in, rally on!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:00 | Link to Comment The Axe
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Profit warning from FDX--stock up!!!   thats this market..up up and more up..

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:06 | Link to Comment jobs1234
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I know, thats pretty much all you need to know about this latest Aug-Feb parabolic move up - even when you warn your stock goes up. Why didnt Cisco just warn prior to its earnings call?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 14:25 | Link to Comment ThirdCoastSurfer
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Fed Ex Up!

Lowers guidance by 25%, blames it on cocaine and fuel when it already collects more on fuel surcharges than the Airlines on baggage! 


FedEx - Fuel Surcharge

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17.0%, Feb. 7, 2011 - Mar. 6, 2011 After all, it'll be so much easier to post a beat in April and that's all that really matters. 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:04 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Why are lean hogs up so much? WTF?

What did I miss?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:18 | Link to Comment Shameful
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Emergency bacon reserves being built up.  I know a good part of my freezer is bacon.  I'm going to want it and Zimbabwe Ben is trying to turn me into a vegetarian.

In reality, if memory serves there was a hog culling months back as the price of feed started going up.  Price of feed forces disruptions in the meat market.  Have to cull to duck losing money on the animal feed vs sell price of animal.  The lower future supply in meat lets the prices move up.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:28 | Link to Comment Rodent Freikorps
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Pork bellies are flat. They are gonna corner ham. Bastards. Smoked hams don't need refrigeration, do they?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:02 | Link to Comment Sean7k
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Well, this just goes to show- America is number one when it comes to manipulating the numbers baby. China, Britain, Europe- what a bunch of posers. We're under 1% with a BTE empire index! In your face you communist underachievers.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:03 | Link to Comment papaswamp
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I thought the big info was jobs...or lack of hiring. Confirming Gallup's flat hiring index.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/145856/Job-Creation-Flat-Fourth-Consecutive-M...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:49 | Link to Comment Panafrican Funk...
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I've lately become a big fan of Gallup.  Their consumer spending data is top notch. 

http://www.gallup.com/poll/127544/Consumer-Spending-Weekly.aspx

Excellent information for consumer discretionary in particular.  Not that said sector is currently based on fundamentals or anything, but still.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:03 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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When you are spending more on energy and food you spend less on manufactured items.  Simple as that.  It's even worse when you're unemployed. 

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:12 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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How long before the arrogant runt that is The Ben Bernank tells us again that inflation does not exist, and that he could bring it under control in 15 minutes if it appeared.

I think he should donate his brain to science.  It might be very revealing...

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:15 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Hans Delbruck? No the name on the jar was 'Abby Normal' something or other......

You mean to tell me I put an Abby Normal brain into a 500 pound printing machine gorilla?

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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'Young Frankenstein' was a classic comedy.

Some suspect The Ben Bernank is a pathological liar.  The brain may be worth studying for future reference.  Perhaps pathological liars have brains with common physiological conditions.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:13 | Link to Comment SheepDog-One
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Que Harry Wanger to tell us he is confirming surging sales retail discretionary household items in 3....2....

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:24 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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Harry is not real.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:17 | Link to Comment The Axe
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Harry has been band--thank goodness....fucking troll.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 14:49 | Link to Comment andybev01
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But, but...I need his comments to shock me out of my complacency!

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:20 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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Wow, revising from .5 to .1 is quite drastic.  Shows that the data was massaged to prevent a sell off in the markets.  I know a few traders that are quite nervous about the market at these levels.  Even they know on the sale side that we are overvalued and not self-sustaining.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:20 | Link to Comment gwar5
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The collapse of things is coming quickly if manufacturing costs up and inventories piling up so soon.

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:24 | Link to Comment gwar5
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BTFD on precious metals

Tue, 02/15/2011 - 11:41 | Link to Comment 99er
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