MMG WEEKLY – WHAT ARE THEY SAYING THIS WEEK?

MMG WeeklyForecast for the Week

The economic calendar is filled with several key reports this week.

  • Monday brings the Retail Sales Report for April.
  • We’ll get a read on inflation at both the wholesale and consumer levels this week with the Producer Price Index on Wednesday and the Consumer Price Index on Thursday.
  • There’s a double dose of manufacturing news with Wednesday’s Empire State Index and Thursday’s Philadelphia Fed Index.
  • Thursday also brings news on the housing sector with Housing Starts and Building Permits for April.
  • Weekly Initial Jobless Claims will also be reported as usual on Thursday.
  • Ending the week on Friday, the Consumer Sentiment Index for May will be released.

Remember: Weak economic news normally causes money to flow out of Stocks and into Bonds, helping Bonds and home loan rates improve, while strong economic news normally has the opposite result. The chart below shows Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS), which are the type of Bond that home loan rates are based on.

When you see these Bond prices moving higher, it means home loan rates are improving – and when they are moving lower, home loan rates are getting worse.

To go one step further — a red “candle” means that MBS worsened during the day, while a green “candle” means MBS improved during the day. Depending on how dramatic the changes were on any given day, this can cause rate changes throughout the day, as well as on the rate sheets we start with each morning.

As you can see in the chart below, Bonds fell below a key technical level. But home loan rates remain near record bests and I’ll continue to monitor all the news closely

Chart: Fannie Mae 3.0% Mortgage Bond (Friday May 10, 2013)

Japanese Candlestick Chart

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Social Media in 3 Links:

Choose the Link that Matches Your Level

You’ve heard it before: “Social media is the future of business” or “If you’re not using social media, you won’t be in business for long.”

Those sentiments can seem like overstatements, but the underlying ideas are still true. Social media is one of the most powerful forces in business today and using it can help strengthen your business relationships.

The key is understanding how and when to use social media.

But who has time? The tools and sites are always changing… best practices can be hard to nail down… and once you have a handle on it, you still have to find the time in your day to actually do it.

Here are 3 links that provide the information you need to be more productive, regardless of what stage you’re at in the social media movement!

1. Need a reason?

The following link provides an eye-catching, 4-minute video that highlights the importance and benefits of social media’s impact on business. Plus, the bottom of the web page lists 28 interesting stats and sources to learn more.\

Take 4 minutes to watch this video now:

http://www.socialnomics.net/2013/01/01/social-media-video-2013/

2. More in Less Time

Believe it or not, you can integrate 6 different types of social media into your day in just 30 minutes. If you’re not sure what to do or how to get started–without wasting your entire day online–then this resource is for you.

It features specific steps and suggested times to allocate to each tool. And, it even displays the advice in an easy-to-understand infographic:

http://socialmediatoday.com/brianna5mith/1373116/how-rock-social-media-30-minutes-day-infographic

3. Dig Into the Details

If you’ve already established a social media presence, then it’s time to make sure you understand how to get the most out of your efforts.

Discover why people turn to social media…when the best time to tweet is…and how to move beyond the generic “engage in conversations” advice. Plus, there are plenty of stats and charts to help you see what’s really going on and how you can benefit from it.

Best of all, it’s a video–so you can sit back and take it all in without reading or clicking through slides:

http://vimeo.com/19228431

The advice in the links above can help you either get started or make your efforts more productive.

Economic Calendar for the Week of May 13 – May 17

 
ET
Economic Report
For
Estimate
Actual
Prior
Impact
Mon. May 13
08:30
Retail Sales
Apr
-0.3%
 
-0.4%
Moderate
Mon. May 13
08:30
Retail Sales ex-auto
Apr
-0.2%
 
-0.4%
Moderate
Wed. May 15
08:30
Producer Price Index (PPI)
Apr
-0.5%
 
-0.6%
HIGH
Wed. May 15
08:30
Core Producer Price Index (PPI)
Apr
0.1%
 
0.2%
HIGH
Wed. May 15
08:30
Empire State Index
May
3.5
 
3.1
Moderate
Thu. May 16
08:30
Building Permits
Apr
950K
 
902K
Moderate
Thu. May 16
08:30
Housing Starts
Apr
970K
 
1036K
Moderate
Thu. May 16
08:30
Core Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Apr
0.2%
 
0.1%
HIGH
Thu. May 16
08:30
Consumer Price Index (CPI)
Apr
-0.2%
 
-0.2%
HIGH
Thu. May 16
08:30
Jobless Claims (Initial)
5/11
330K
 
323K
Moderate
Thu. May 16
10:00
Philadelphia Fed Index
May
2.5
 
1.3
Moderate
Fri. May 17
10:00
Consumer Sentiment Index (UoM)
May
78.5
 
76.4
Moderate

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