Tuesday Market Note: Focus on Housing

People talking on mobile phones walk past a stock price indicator in Tokyo Monday, June 21, 2010 as Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index gained 242.99 points, or 2.4 percent, to 10,238.01, a one-month high close. Asian stock markets surged Monday as investors took heart from China ending its currency's two-year peg to the dollar, and the yuan surged in spot trading. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Koji Sasahara
People walk past a stock price indicator in Tokyo on Monday.
AP Photo/Koji Sasahara

It took just two-thirds of one trading day for the investor euphoria over China's yuan announcement to fade.

After U.S. stocks closed lower on the day, Asian shares dropped today on fears that a stronger yuan would slow China's growth, and European stocks have dropped after a 9-session bull run on renewed concerns of the debt crisis spillover.

Today, the focus will be on housing. The National Association of Realtors will release May existing home sales, which are expected to rise 5 percent, to an annual rate of just over 6 million units (from April's 5.77 million annual rate). The data comes as concerns over the administration's mortgage plan ("HAMP") are escalating after the release of the Monthly Housing Scorecard.

The box score on housing looks something like this:

• A bunch of trial modifications were canceled, which portends more foreclosures;

• There are still many who are in loan modification hell; and

• Many of the borrowers in the plan could re-default rate in the coming years.

There's no way around this basic fact: Housing is going to be messy for the foreseeable future.

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