INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW

Claims Continue to March Higher 

Claims move notably higher again this week, up 9k WoW to 386k. Excluding the normal weekly revisions, which this week were 3k, claims were higher by 6k (377k vs 380k). This data series continues to play out very consistently with our framework for thinking about the seasonal distortions taking place in the economic data. As a reminder, we think the data will continue to get worse for approximately two more months before starting to get better. Rolling claims rose 3.5k to 382k. On a non seasonally adjusted basis, claims were 9% lower YoY. 

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - Raw

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - Rolling

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - NSA

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - NSA rolling

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - S P

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - Fed

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - YoY

The Yield Curve Continues to Get Steamrolled

The 2-10 spread tightened another 10 bps last week to 130 bps as of yesterday. The ten-year yield decreased 6 bps to 160bps. To put this in perspective, if spreads hold where they are now, the 3Q12 sequential change will rival what we saw in 3Q11, an ominous sign for bank margins. 

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - 2 10

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - 2 10 QoQ

Financial Subsector Performance

The table below shows the stock performance of each Financial subsector over four durations. 

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - Subsector performance

INITIAL CLAIMS: JOBLESS CLAIM NEAR YTD HIGH WHILE YIELD CURVE NEARS YTD LOW - Comapnies

Joshua Steiner, CFA

Robert Belsky

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