Monday, November 16, 2009

Retail Numbers are Awful

Love how everyone is putting lipstick on the pig following this morning's beat on the retail print. Consensus was expecting retail sales to jump 0.9% in October, but the figure came in at a robust 1.4%. Looks good, right?!? Well, to utter a line from Lee Corso: "Not so fast, my friends."

The September revision came in at -1.5%. Why is this a big deal? Because Labor Day was late this year--actually a full week into September and back-to-school shopping was still taking place. Even with the full week of BTS shopping, the (revised) figure came in at a horrible rate. Always remember--back-to-school shopping is an excellent way to forecast how consumers will spending for the holidays. Ho Ho Ho is not looking good right now.

But, back to October--the headline looked great at +1.4%...but the damn ex-autos print came in a benign +0.2%. Consensus was looking for +0.4%. How much of the 0.2% was just from Halloween?!?

Folks--I'm trying to be optimistic, but walk around a mall. How many people are holding shopping bags?? Not many from what I have seen.

Futures are turning and volatility rules. Strap yourselves in!

Talk to you,

Todd M. Schoenberger, Managing Director
LandColt Trading, LLC

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