Bank of America: "No Evidence Of A Strong Rebound In Spending As The Weather Improved"

Tyler Durden's picture

Maybe because, gasp, it wasn't the weather?

From BofA's Hans Mikkelsen, most humorously known for his insightful missive from December 26, 2013 titled, "Hello economy, goodbye QE." We for one, can't wait for the title of his December 26, 2014 thesis.

Our internal BAC card (debit+credit) retail ex. gas spend data for the third week of February showed a very modest 1.1% increase over the same week last year, in line with the 1.2% increase from the prior week. Thus we see no evidence of a strong rebound in spending as the weather improved significantly during the third week of February – post Valentine’s Day (Feb 14th). This contrasts with comments made by Macy’s CFO Karen Hoguet during yesterday’s earnings conference call, where she noted improving sales across the board starting on Valentine’s Day (Situation Room: Valentine’s Day brings warmth 25 February 2014). Obviously company specific observations are very imprecise predictors for aggregate activity.


Shocking stuff.

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Max Damage's picture

QE = welfare for Banksters, and they wonder why no fucker is spending!!!! These fuckers have been given trilllions in welfare handouts and these fuckers hate proper welfare payments to the man on the street these bastards made jobless and homeless

Any more of these twats jumped yet?

LawsofPhysics's picture

Optimist.  Yeah, banks haven't been banks for quite some time (good stewards of capital).  "creating" paper-promises out of thin air and exchanging them for real assets...

roll the motherfucking guillotines, nothing changes otherwise.

knukles's picture

So it was the whether or not.

moonman's picture

Oh the humanity of wind swept countryside

666's picture

They're just doing God's work.

whoisjohngalt11's picture

That's why they (Government Rulers), took our tax dollars out and bailed them so you would be blaiming bankers instead of the Rulers who took your taxes at the barrel of a gun and gave it to farmers and welfare queens and now bankers it's called divide and conquer.. 

Max Damage's picture

Banksters and Government are all in the same bed. Thats why we ended up here, and it took them a long time to get here and find out their grand psycopathic utopian power scheme doesn't work.

James_Cole's picture

Bankers are the real rulers, if you missed that you missed the past several hundred yrs of history. The world is run by interest rates, not .govs

LawsofPhysics's picture

Not a very critical thinker are you?  It takes a lot of money to get "elected", where do you think those dollars come from?

See the real problem yet?

Spungo's picture

The bad weather caused widespread depression due to lack of sunlight. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Damn you, SAD! Fucking up our economy when we had such a good recovery gaining momentum.

spastic_colon's picture

apparently everyone was so SAD that they could not go out and buy shovels and snowblowers and coats and gloves.  Where's that dik krugman with his broken window analogy when you need him?

HisNameIsRP's picture

Someone entered the broken window and buttstroked him to the head

Stud Duck's picture

I hope that uttstroke was made with a M-1 Garand! The are buit for that kind of work unlike a m-16.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Little girl - "Daddy....tell me another lie so I can believe its the truth."

Daddy - "There once was this frightful weather that caused a depression in a far far away land called the Banana Republic of America."


Panem et Circus's picture

OMFG SERIOUSLY!?!?! But there was a POLAR VORTEX spotted in Buffalo just this week!!!

maskone909's picture

quick somebody call Dennis Quaid, his son Jake Gyllenhaal is stuck in a library in new york!

TheRideNeverEnds's picture

meanwhile the market is going straight up, 20 points off the overnight lows.


1900 here we come!

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Wait. So Little Orphan Annie was wrong about the sun coming out?

buzzsaw99's picture

yeah, tomorrow. the problem is that tomorrow never comes.

El Hosel's picture

A.K.A.   Moar Moar Moar

kellycriterion's picture

The US and EU are running down like old clocks. Look at the size of the governments. There's nothing but guesstimates to deal with cost of cartel banks to the global economy. What with their unlimited leverage derivatives whack a mole games.

Oldwood's picture

Maybe it is the weather as it is the winter of our discontent, soon to become our version of the Arab Spring. These assholes are clueless except to keep saying the same shit over and over again hoping that even if they don't come to believe it everyone else will. Their whole existence depends on this circus continuing so we can expect no less to come from their lips. They will be as surprised as anyone when it blows because their normalcy bias WILL NOT LET THEM SEE THE TRUTH. We have a pilot (our government) who will gladly sacrifice all of his passengers to fulfill his dreams and a copilot (our financial industries) who is blind but wants to believe.

forwardho's picture

Re;  Their whole existence depends on this circus continuin.

Oldwood, with no disrespect, Everyones existance depends on this circus. We are all taking part in a massive debt fueled fantasy. The world is broke. When the music stops playing we will find that there are no chairs, in fact there is no floor. .gov has no choice but to keep the charade up for as long as possible, when they no longer can... its lights out. I give thanks for each "normal" day we have.

Oldwood's picture

Absolutely agreed. But we at least admitt and understand it, except it as what we have, but do not deny its existence. we survive while they prosper and propagate more.

The Axe's picture

stocks don't care..they just go up.....Russia could roll tanks through Kiev.....that would be good... its a fucking joke

Itchy and Scratchy's picture

Now we need Global Warming to improve the economy!

Start firing up the coal furnances!

Frank N. Beans's picture

"What difference does it make?!"


zip as far as wall street is concerned


Chuck Knoblauch's picture

The stench from the bench is making me clench.

Rising Sun's picture

The sure fire way to fuck banksters is to stop spending and stop borrowing.


We have.  Much more peaceful lifestyle and less work.

El Hosel's picture

I think this is just Banker talk for a T-5  ....  Too Big To Fail Temper the Taper Tantrum

Boomberg's picture

Better weather is causing people to spend more time walking, exercising, playing outdoor sports instead of going to malls and spending money when it's cold outside. In other words, good weather is causing a weak economy. It's still the weather.

Spungo's picture

I'm baffled why BoA would expect increased spending when wages are falling. That doesn't make any sense. Do they think Americans have a high savings rate and this extra spending would come from lowering the savings rate?

Last of the Middle Class's picture

The weather will NOT get better until spending improves. We'll go straight from polar vortex to 300 year drought!. Despite the fact that water has been horribly mismanaged.

Stud Duck's picture

as anybody noticed what the price of soybeans has done in the past couple of weeks????

Wow, looks like the Brazil harvest really is a disaster!  Glad I kept a few  10 thousand bushel bins back for seed.