US foreclosure activity rose in August from the previous month, and banks and lenders took ownership from homeowners at a record pace, according to a new report released Thursday.
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Bank repossessions, often the final step in the foreclosure process after a home fails to sell at auction, increased about 2 percent from the month before to 95,364, a record high. At the same the number of properties that received default notices—the first step in the foreclosure process—decreased 1 percent from a month ago and fell 30 percent from a year ago, a sign that lenders are focusing on their backlog of foreclosure inventory before tackling new distressed loans, according to foreclosure listing website RealtyTrac, which released the report.
Overall, foreclosure fillings rose 4.18 percent in August from the previous month, and were down 5.48 percent from a year ago. In all, 338,836 properties were in the foreclosure process. One in 381 U.S. households received a foreclosure notice in August. (Foreclosure notices are defined as a default notice, auction sale notice or bank repossession.)excerpt 2
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Key summary highlights:
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Sell Side: A full 70% of S&P 500 stocks currently carry an average rating of "buy" from sell-side analysts. This is higher than at any
other time in the post Sarbanes-Oxley era.
Company Management: Managements’ guidance tends to lag leading indicators by roughly a quarter or two. This leads to misplaced
optimism and pessimism following a peak or trough in leading economic indicators.
Economists: Most economic models were optimized under a period of very different economic circumstances (i.e., 1980s - 2007):
1) Lower Fed policy rates led to more bank lending, private investment and residential construction activity.
2) Increases in consumer’s net worth led to equal or greater increases in consumption (via leverage).
Today’s reality warrants unconventional GDP models: Banks are not lending, private investment remains weak and consumers are
saving more of their income. QE2 is a given in our minds, but will it work?
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Staples, Telecom and Utilities.
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