'Mortgage starvation' stunts recovery

Commentary: Latest reports stranger than fiction

Long-term rates jumped this week, and the 10-year T-note rose to 3.6 percent from 3.28 percent at last week’s low, the principal push delivered by a 500-point surge in the Dow.

Mid-summer is the "silly season," when a shortage of serious news elevates "Man Bites Dog" to the front page. This stock rally was short-covering, and bonds are on constant selling edge because of runaway deficits. New data could be read as green-shoot, or L-shaped non-recovery, but none were trend-changers.