June Durable Goods: Another Miss
Those who had read our prediction that the Paris Air Show was a harbinger of weaker durable goods will not be surprised to read that June durable goods just came at a very disappointing -2.1% on expectations of an increase to 0.3%, from 1.9% in May. But it wasn't just Boeing's fault: ex-transportation the number was a subpar +0.1% on consensus of a 0.5% beat, with the May reading revised up to 0.7%. The driver according to Bloomberg's Joseph Brusuelas: "decline in transportation bookings, incl. 28.9% drop in non-defense aircraft orders." And that's not all: "Non-defense ex-aircraft, proxy for capex, points to slower growth in coming qtr." This means that as expected not only is Q2 GDP trending now much lower, possibly below 1%, but the weakness is starting to spill over into Q2 data. As AP reports, "Manufacturing has been the stellar performer in the two-year-old recovery. But activity slowed in the spring, reflecting in part supply disruptions following the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Manufacturing was also hurt by the hit the overall economy took from higher energy prices which dampened consumer demand." Ah, still blaming it all on Japan. And to think in Joe LaVorgna's world it was supposed to be a boost to GDP. Kneejerk reaction: USD plunges, futures down, gold surges to new record over $1,626. On so forth.
Some pretty charts courtesy of Diapason's Sean Corrigan:
US durable transport inventory to shipment ratio. Oops:
US durable Gds orders ex-Transport& Defence are barely changed on the year and still stuck at 2000 levels IN NOMINAL DOLLARS...ROC below shows how marked the deceleration has become: