Housing such a small part of the GDP..Quote CNBC

Discussion in 'Economics' started by Digs, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. Digs


    They said (BULLS on KUDLOW show) for most of 06/07 that housing makes such a small part of the GDP, 5% or so. So dont worry about it. Don Laskin and others ( who currently has changed his trade to commodities, from blue chips, funny that !)

    Funny how housing has been responsible for 83% in Financial stocks profit decline and still counting.

    Case Shiller index down 10% YOY, or $2 Trillion in value of consumers wealth.
  2. Brian Wesbury repeatedly sang that song. I saved the First Trust market update from Wesbury where he announced their new Dow target of 14,500 for EOY 2007. It's dated July 16th, 2007


    Dow 14,500 To view this article, Click Here
    Brian S. Wesbury - Chief Economist
    Robert Stein, CFA - Senior Economist
    Date: 7/16/2007
    Last year, we predicted that the Dow Jones Industrial Average would finish 2006 at 12,500 - up roughly 15% for the year. When the dust settled, and the Dow closed 2006 at 12,463, we counted our lucky stars.
    For 2007, we predicted a 12% gain in the Dow to 14,000 at year-end. This was a smaller gain than in 2006, but we were still more optimistic than the consensus. For the S&P 500, we expected a push to 1,600.
    With roughly six months left in 2007, this forecast now looks too conservative. At 13,906, the Dow is up 11.6% so far this year (12.9%, reinvesting dividends). At 1,552, the S&P 500 is up 9.5% (10.5%, with dividends).
    The catalyst behind the recent surge is not private equity deals, but a clear rebound in economic activity. Instead of succumbing to the housing slowdown, and crumbling at the feet of sub-prime loan problems, economic growth has turned the corner.
    Purchasing managers’ indices, and data on employment, wages, and business spending, point to a 3.5% real GDP growth rate in the second quarter. Our models continue to forecast 3%+ real growth for the rest of this year and into 2008.
    Robust productivity and strong global growth allow US companies to boost revenues and profits faster than GDP growth. We foresee profit growth of roughly 10% annually, and our capitalized profit models show that the US equity market is still undervalued by roughly 15%.
    This valuation is calculated by discounting economy-wide corporate profits with the 10-year Treasury bond yield. We do not use the current 5.1% rate, but instead 6% - a more appropriate level given today’s real growth and inflation environment. In other words, higher interest rates will not alter our view that stocks are undervalued.
    Given these models, and the already buoyant market, it is time to lift our year-end Dow forecast to 14,500 and our S&P 500 outlook to 1,625. For 2008, we expect a further 13% gain, which pushes the Dow to 16,500 and the S&P 500 to 1,835.
    This does not mean all will go smoothly. We remain convinced that the Fed will hike rates in the fourth quarter. Combined with rising inflation, this means some temporary indigestion for investors. But because we already assume higher interest rates in our stock market model, this will not change our view and the market will recover from rate hike indigestion quickly.
    In addition, with the political season heating up, the market will most likely experience some turbulence as the odds of tax hikes, protectionism and government regulation, wax and wane.
    There is always a chance that the market will ignore these threats and not look back until it is fairly valued. But some increased volatility in the second half of this year would not be a surprise.
    Trading this volatility is tough, but any downdrafts should be viewed as buying opportunities. Profits and the economy look solid. In the end, this is the fundamental reason we remain bullish on the US equity market.
  3. Wesbury is a perpetual optimist. He's not paid to be bearish nor pessimistic.
  4. Fangdog


    I care less what percentage housing is of the GDP. When I lose 100% of my home equity and 100% of my stock market equity, the GDP could be zero for all I give a shit.

  5. Housing is less than 3 % of national GDP. It now the case of tail wagging the dog. Rest of it rubbish pounded by anti-housing media and have nots who make you think real estate is everything.

  6. But the population of doom and gloom crowd on ET is quite large.
    The audience is huge and emotional misfits countless.