StockTouch Blog

New 6.0 Release: Account Linking and Trading

November 21, 2016 by Jennifer

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The StockTouch 6.0 update includes new tools for investment monitoring – account linking, portfolio maps, and trading.   Users with accounts at these brokerages are now able to sync their portfolios:

Here’s tutorials and additional information:

We look forward to your feedback about these features.  If you have any comments or questions, please reach out to support@stocktouch.com or connect with the StockTouch Support Desk.

Brokerage connections are provided by TradeIt.  For any questions regarding TradeIt, account linking and trading services, or the TradeIt technology platform, please see the TradeIt FAQ or contact support@trade.it.

Portfolio List View & Holdings Details

November 20, 2016 by Jennifer

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To find account details and holdings, tap Portfolio Value white header text (turns blue when selected) in the top right corner, or tap the More “…” button to the right of Your Portfolio in the Heat Maps menu.

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Once a linked account is selected, a summary scrollable list of its holdings is displayed.  If you have multiple accounts linked, switch holdings view by tapping the account/broker name that you would like to view.  The selected account is denoted by the blue arrow.

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Holdings summary shows average cost and last price.  Tap symbol summary lines to view additional details, such as bid, ask, total value and return information.  Buy and sell buttons are also in this view.

Brokerage connections are provided by TradeIt.  Please refer to the TradeIt FAQ or contact support@trade.it for further information and questions regarding this feature.

Portfolio Maps

by Jennifer

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For linked accounts, the Portfolio Maps feature is added as an additional map in the Heat Maps menu below Your Watchmaps.  The consolidated value of your linked accounts will appear in the top right corner of Your Portfolio map.

In addition to Portfolio Maps, there is a detailed Portfolio List view, which shows details of your holdings, such as average cost and return.  You can navigate to the Portfolio List view by tapping the More (“…”) button to the right of Your Portfolio in the heat maps menu, or by tapping the white header text  Portfolio consolidated value in the top right corner of your Portfolio Map, which will turn blue and transition to the Portfolio List view.

If you have questions or feedback about this feature, please email support@stocktouch.com or via the StockTouch Support website.

Navigating to Trade Screens

November 19, 2016 by Jennifer

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Tap “Trade” button in the top left corner of single stock pages to open trade order screens.

  1. Buy or Sell
  2. Order Type
  3. Number of shares
  4. Optional:  Change Accounts

Getting Started with Linked Accounts

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  1. Tap “Portfolio Link” in the Star menu
  2. Select your Broker from the list.
  3. Login to your Broker
  4. Tap “Link Account” to establish account connection.

Your linked account will appear in the Accounts screen.  Once an account is linked its holdings will appear in Portfolio Maps and the Portfolio List page.   Trading will be enabled, tap the “Trade” button in the top left corner of any symbol’s page to place trading orders.

For any questions or feedback about enabling or using this feature in StockTouch, visit StockTouch Support or email support@stocktouch.com.

Brokerage connections are provided by TradeIt.  For any questions regarding TradeIt, account linking and trading services, or the TradeIt technology platform, please see the TradeIt FAQ or contact support@trade.it.  For information regarding individual broker services which are supported in the TradeIt network, please contact your broker’s client support.

App Relaunch Notice

August 31, 2016 by Jennifer

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We are in the process of relaunching StockTouch very soon. Check back for details, we will update you with further information over the next few days on timing, and what’s next.

Thanks to all of our users for your incredible responses and follow up. Looking forward to being back up!!

The StockTouch Team

Questions, please contact us at Support
StockTouch Support Desk
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Creating & Importing .CSV Spreadsheets for Custom WatchMaps

August 24, 2015 by Jennifer

Create your own 900-symbol .CSV files in a spreadsheet and import them via email for custom WatchMaps.

1. Create – Create a spreadsheet in Excel or other program on your laptop or desktop.  Give each section a title header (e.g. Real Estate).  The Sector Title text labels are the header row /  Row 1.  Paste vertically or type lists of stock/ETF symbols for each custom sector into each of the 9 columns starting in Row 2.  You can have more than 100 symbols, yet only the first 100 correct symbols will be visible.  Next, save the 9-column spreadsheet as a CSV (.csv) file format and extension.

2. Email – Email l the .CSV file (or attach multiple CSV files) to yourself.

3. Select File – Open the email with the attached CSV file(s) directly on your iPhone or iPad.  Tap the icon for the attached .CSV file in the email.  The contents of the custom heat map CSV file should appear on the screen.  Tap the Share icon in the top right corner to see the sharing menu.  Select Open in StockTouch by tapping the StockTouch icon in the visible menu.

4. Import CSV- Select Import on screen to confirm you want to import the .CSV file.  Your spreadsheet is now available in StockTouch under Your WatchMaps in the Heat Maps menu.  It works exactly like any other heat map.

5. Use, Modify & Export – Select the More icon (circle with 3 dots) next to Your Watchmaps for advanced import, export & editing functions for custom Watchmaps.  Multiple spreadsheets can be loaded and used on each device, once they have imported.  (Note: only the visible custom WatchMap on your device syncs in iCloud)

If you would like sample custom WatchMaps to get started, email support@stocktouch.com and we will send them to you.

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Creating & Editing WatchMaps

February 26, 2015 by Jennifer

ShortCut: Single Map Editing – Tap the Title text of any WatchMap, the title will turn blue, and open the editor for this WatchMap, next edit the map and click “Done”.  The title or theme of your WatchMap can be changed at the top of the editor page by tapping on the pre-existing title or theme name.

 

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Full WatchMaps Editor – Tap the ellipsis button next to WatchMaps in the Heat Maps menu.  This pulls up the full editor for all WatchMaps, tap the graphic edit icon in the center of any map to select the WatchMap you want to edit, the selected map will highlight blue and white, and the text editor for that WatchMap then opens for editing.

 

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New WatchMaps: 2 Ways to Create & Edit Personalized Maps

February 17, 2015 by Jennifer

2 Ways to Edit: Editor Icon & WatchMap Name

1. Full WatchMaps Editor – Editor Icon:   Tap the Editor/More icon (circle with “…”)  in the Heat Maps menu next to WatchMaps navigation button.  Hit the Close button (circle with “x”) when you are finished editing.

2. Single WatchMap Editor – Tap List Name:  Navigate to your WatchMaps page.  Tap exactly on the text of the name of the particular WatchMap you want to edit.  The text will turn blue momentarily and navigate to the editor for that WatchMap.  Tap Done when you are finished editing.

Each WatchMap can be edited and personalized with a theme name.  Lists can be emailed or pasted in from a spreadsheet column.  To rename, tap the WatchMap name once you are in the map editor.

 

 

Coolest New Feature – Live Map Trading Animation!

November 11, 2014 by Jennifer

Our team is so excited about this feature!!!  The new Live Map Trading Animation shows upticks and downticks in real time. Upticks flash with green text and Downticks flash with red text. Hot Stocks, Favorites, Watchlists all have live animation

To turn the Map Animation feature on/off, go to the Star “Preferences” menu icon, then tap Map Animation in the menu.  Only available in the Pro version today.  In our next update we are adding a free preview of StockTouch Pro so you can experience it for yourself.  We invite you to comment at support@stocktouch.com with feedback and product suggestions.

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Most Useful New Feature: Instant WatchLists

by Jennifer

Now it takes a few seconds to create a custom WatchList heatmap in StockTouch.  Just tap the (…) “More” on the WatchList menu, and this brings up the WatchList editing screen. Add or change a list by pasting in a column from a spreadsheet, or a list of symbols.  Also lists are easily shareable with colleagues via email, etc.

Here’s 2 Sample Lists – Copy and paste them into an email, document, Evernote, spreadsheet, text file, note or Dropbox (whatever is easily accessible on your mobile device).

Top 100 Biotech Companies 

GILD AMGN CELG BIIB REGN ALXN ILMN VRTX BMRN JAZZ PCYC INCY MDVN PBYI ALNY CBST SGEN TECH NPSP AGIO ACAD GEVA MNKD XON THRX EXAS CLVS RCPT NKTR RARE KERX DYAX ACOR CLDX CBPO INSY PDLI OPHT PTLA KITE NVAX PTCT ANAC CMRX BLUE HALO ACHN LGND ARIA XLRN NLNK TSRO EPZM SAGE MACK SRPT ARNA AEGR BCRX ENTA BDSI EBS RGEN SGMO AAVL RGLS IMGN AMRI LXRX INSM INO RLYP DRTX TBPH OMED INFI RDUS PRTA ANIK CBM OTIC MGNX SPPI ALDR IG HPTX ESPR ARRY FOLD OSIR XOMA RVNC OVAS IMDZ RNA PACB VTL XNPT ZFGN TGT

Top 100 Real Estate REITS

MFA VTR DLR LHO CHSP AIV REG NLY AVIV MAC CXW HIW PDM DDR WPC DFT HCN BRX PLD QTS PEB RLJ TCO STWD BXP CPT SBRA PPS GPT BDN HPT CXP WRI HTA LPT BMR O EQR NRF AMH LTC TRNO HME ARE DRE REXR OFC AHT DCT SNH ARR STAG HCT AMT CLDT UDR AGNC CUZ FRT RHP BEE ARCP DRH CMCT SLG DOC MAA FCH SPG HCP EGP KRC GLPI CSG NHI NNN OHI GGP SRC VNO MPW PKY PSA ACC AVB ESS CUBE DEI ELS BOXC CIM HT SHO EXR KIM FR SSS HR GEO TWO

 

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StockTouch featured in “Money Management”

April 4, 2014 by Jennifer

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StockTouch gets featured in the App Store Money Management collection.  Awesome!

Meet the Innovators – StockTouch / LearnVest Podcast

March 28, 2014 by Jennifer

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Meet the Innovators: Jennifer Johnson of StockTouch, Alexa Von Toebel of LearnVest discuss startup stories at the Apple Store in Soho with Kelly Hoey from the Women Innovate Mobile accelerator.

MTI Podcast – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id849161378

Best of 2013 – Mac App Store

December 19, 2013 by Jennifer

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Congratulations StockTouch Mac, Best of Mac App Store 2013!!!

StockTouch Mac 1.9.2 Update Released, Goes Retina

August 31, 2013 by Jennifer

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StockTouch Mac update version 1.9.2 is released today, available in the Mac App Store.  Great job StockTouch team, 2 releases in 2 weeks!!  And we were selected for What’s Hot in the Mac App Store.

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Quick Keys on StockTouch Mac

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Here’s the lowdown for navigating StockTouch Mac with Quick Keys:

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Congratulations StockTouch! Editors’ Choice for Mac

August 23, 2013 by Jennifer

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Major congratulations to the StockTouch team, fans, and supporters! Mac App Store selects us for Editors’ Choice on our launch date. Awesome news.

StockTouch Mac: Game UX + Dynamic Interactive Maps = Fluid Understanding of Data

by Jennifer

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Visual menus and right-side tool bar allow StockTouch Mac users to easily switch viewing parameters and navigate the maps.  All display settings can also be instantly changed with quick keys.

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Hierarchical navigation lets users dive quickly in and out of data. Gesture-based navigation for track pads (tap to zoom, pinch to zoom out, tap to Favorite), similar to touch-gesture animation on the StockTouch iOS app.

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Quick way to dynamically explore the markets, and get new insights about current activity via analytics and current news and blog headlines on stocks and funds.

Example:

  • Top ETFs Heat Map
  • Display – Volume, 1D for intraday
  • Sort – Activity

EWC, the iShares MSCI Canadian Index fund, is trading at 171% of its average volume.  The ETF’s news headlines cite notable fund outflows for EWC, indicating smart money outflows, and giving further background on the economics behind the phenomenon.

StockTouch for Mac goes live!

by Jennifer

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StockTouch for Mac is now officially in the wild in the Mac App Store.  (Finance Apps, $4.99)

StockTouch is a native app which delivers its user experience with gaming technology and 30fps animation.  We created StockTouch for Mac because we felt the user experience on our mobile iOS apps would be awesome on large screens, and significantly more useful for market watchers and investors, as a platform for expanded functionality, data, and analytics.

Features:

  • Resizable window and full screen viewing capabilities – use as a desktop widget, expand to full screen, or anything in between
  • Gesture-based navigation for track pads – tap to zoom in, pinch to zoom out, tap star banner to Favorite
  • Syncs Favorites via iCloud, including syncing with StockTouch iOS (optional)
  • Same functionality as StockTouch for iOS, opens news links in Safari browser
  • Quick keys for changing viewing and sorting options – instantly switches heat maps, displayed statistics and sorting

Coming soon: Retina-display optimization, more stocks, more analytics.  Send us feedback at support@stocktouch.com.

Big Data Visualization: Optimizing for Mobile

July 25, 2013 by Jennifer

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Some good recent discussion pieces on using native code platforms for nontrivial mobile apps over javascript/HTML5 for the next 5-10 years.  Javascript-based apps are slow, so apps that require any sort of animation, high performance, and memory management – e.g. photo editing will need to be in native.

Thus, advances in big data mobile data visualization user experiences will not come from javascript platforms for at least the next 5 years.  Combining animation, data navigation, large data sets, real-time updates requires faster processing and memory management capabilities.

TechCrunch: Your App is Slow Because Our World is Ending –  Jon Evans

“I’m now pretty convinced that HTML5 is not a short- or even medium-term solution for any kind of genuinely nontrivial iOS app, and I’m pretty dubious about other platforms too.”

He sums up Drew Crawford’s piece below –  “HTML5 apps will be vastly inferior to native apps not just for the next year or two, but for the next 5-10 years, because of fundamental technical limitations inherent to mobile platforms.”

SealedAbstract: Why Mobile Web Apps are Slow – Drew Crawford

“Javascript is too slow for mobile app use in 2013 (e.g., for photo editing etc.).  It’s slower than native code by about 5.  It’s slower than x86 C/C++ by about 50. It’s slower than server-side Java/Ruby/Python/C# by a factor of about 10 if your program fits in 35MB, and it degrades exponentially from there.

The philosophy of JavaScript (to the extent that it has any philosophy) is that you should not be able to observe what is going on in system memory, full stop. This is so unbelievably out of touch with how real people write mobile applications, I can’t even find the words to express it to you.”  

ETFs in StockTouch: Another View into Markets

July 23, 2013 by Jennifer

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The ETFs tab on StockTouch shows the top 100 most actively-traded ETFs.  Looking at a 3-Month view of ETFs, with SPY highlighted to show the S&P 500 performance, StockTouch is in Winners sort.  The best performing ETFs over the past 3 months are:

– TNA – Leveraged Small Cap Bull Fund – 57.58%

– FAS – Leveraged Banking Sector Fund – 50.51%

– UCO – Leveraged Crude Oil Index Fund – 40.97%

– vs SPY – S&P 500 – 9.96%

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By quickly glancing into TNA and some of the other high-performers, users can then access news and blog posts that tie in market discussions about these ETFs.  While past performance is no guarantee of future performance, high performers are often cited in financial news and blogs.  For example, several of the current TNA headlines are reporting that small cap funds have seen large recent inflows, which provides insight that current funds are flowing into is small cap stocks.

So even if an investor isn’t interested in investing in these particular ETFs per se, reading the news for ETFs with high returns or high volume can still bring a broader understanding across markets, as ETFs span across equity sectors, capitalizations, metals, oil, international and emerging markets.

Over the past 6 months, FAS, TNA, UPRO, TQQQ are among the best performances in Top ETFs.

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StockTouch Adds New PE and Dividend Maps & Goes Free

April 1, 2013 by Jennifer

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StockTouch was created to reinvent how market info is displayed for mobile.  StockTouch introduces “Expanded View” mode to display two new heat maps: Price/Earnings Ratios and Dividend Yields.
Maps for PE and dividend yields were the most-requested features from users.  Our approach to design was to preserve elegance and simplicity, while adding something unique for all users.
Expanded View mode lets users turn on “Expanded View” menus with PE and Dividend Yield stats at-a-glance, then turn them off to simplify the app back to its original state.  Having this instant view is the first time these stats have been displayed like this on mobile, so it demonstrates a deeper usefulness of the UI.
The palettes were chosen to show cool and hot:  PEs are in Blue&Orange and Dividends are in Pink&Green  The cool tones, blue and green, brighten as the stats increase, with the highest band displayed with the hot tones, orange and pink.  For example, stocks with dividends over 5% have pink tiles and stocks with PEs over 50 have orange tiles.  Zero values are shown with neutral grey tiles.  This display lets users eyeball norms and outliers quickly.
Lastly, we have transitioned StockTouch to a free app to reach an even wider audience.  The user base is very active, so a free version fits our business model.
Enjoy.
The StockTouch Team
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Why short-selling bans just dont work

September 12, 2012 by Peter

The Federal Reserve exists for a few main reasons, one of the major ones in to keep stability in the markets. This can be interpreted in a few different ways, and as such is how The Fed gains a lot of its power, or exercises a lot of power. Its no secret that when markets “go nuts” or crash many call for a ban on short selling or attempt to calm the markets in other artificial ways. Now the NY Fed has really been hitting it out of the park with some of their recent research specifically their pieces on the de-leveraging and interest on excess reserves, and now their latest on short selling. Their conclusions won’t surprise many of us who were critical of the policy at the time – in essence, banning short selling doesn’t accomplish anything:

“In September 2008, at a time of intense market stress, the United States and a number of other countries banned the short-selling of financial stocks. The bans were imposed because regulators feared that short-selling could drive the prices of those stocks to artificially low levels. Yet much remains to be understood about the effectiveness of such bans in stabilizing equity market prices.
And reexamination of this issue is particularly important in light of the latest wave of bans in Europe, including the restrictions imposed by Spain and Italy in July.

Recent research on the 2008 bans allows us to assess the costs and benefits of short-selling restrictions. The preponderance of evidence suggests that the bans did little to slow the decline in the prices of financial stocks. In addition, the bans produced adverse side effects: Trading costs in equity and options markets increased, and stock and options prices uncoupled.

No blanket short-selling ban was in effect during August 2011, when Standard and Poor’s announced its downgrade of the U.S. bond rating. Our look at the sharp fall in U.S. equity prices following the announcement uncovers no evidence that the price decline was the result of short-selling. Indeed, stocks with large increases in short interest earned higher, not lower, returns during the first half of August 2011. Moreover, stocks that had triggered circuit-breaker restrictions and therefore could not be shorted on the day the downgrade was announced actually had lower returns than the stocks that were eligible for shorting.

Taken as a whole, our research challenges the notion that banning short sales during market downturns limits share price declines. If anything, the bans seem to have the unwanted effects of raising trading costs, lowering market liquidity, and preventing short-sellers from rooting out cases of fraud and earnings manipulation. Thus, while short-sellers may bear bad news about companies’ prospects, they do not appear to be driving price declines in markets.”

Read the full paper here.

Chinese Government insider report on slowing economy

September 11, 2012 by Peter

There have been many allegations that China’s economy isn’t as rosy as the Chinese government would like you to believe. There are many sings of this; from Ghost cities built to boost GDP to the changing political climate they are experiencing. Recently Li Zoujun, an economist at the Development Research Centre of the State Council, released a report, presumably at an internal meeting, which predicted that China could face an economic crisis in 2013.  (The full report in Chinese can be read here.) This obviously sparked our interest, as we’ve long been skeptical of the Chinese economy, and coming from a Chinese insider it was even more interesting.

Now we are not going attempt to summarize the whole report, as it is quite lengthy, what we will summarize is the more exciting portion of it the somewhat apocalyptic predictions. The majority of what he said does not seem very surprising. The only surprising thing about such a report is that it is made by someone from the State Council as opposed to a Westerners or Western media who were allegedly talking down China.

Li Zoujun says the causes of this economic crisis are, first of all, a burst of real estate bubble and local government debts crisis (sounds somewhat familiar and scary)

The second is external, namely that hot money and capital inflow over the past few years fuelled the bubble within China (then he blames “foreigners who short China” typical of a government sectioned report). As capital might flow the other way when the economy slows, it will cause troubles for Chinese government in dealing with it.

The third is political: as this year is pretty much the final year for the current government’s term, its job in the remaining months would be to hope that everything is stable. But let’s say the economy get pass the leadership transition without any troubles, the next leadership will face two choices: either to sustain the bubble for now and create a bigger problem in 2015 /16, or let the bubble got bust. Of which, he endorses the second choice.

Finally, business cycle short wave and long-wave troughs could meet very soon He believes that a crisis should have occurred in 2008/09, yet the massive stimulus delayed that, and it is about time that it can no longer be delayed.

In the coming crisis, he believes some local governments, small and medium sized business and some banks will go bankrupt.

For those who have been reading the Stocktouch blog for a while hopefully this idea isn’t new to you. We have spent quite a lot of time focusing on local government debts, shadow banking mess and real estate bubbles. We have also said many times now that capital outflow will prove to be very problematic for China. Many of the problems predicted here has been mentioned, and indeed some are already happening, such as defaults and the credit crunch among SME caused by mutual guarantees scheme, while some local government debts are being rolled over to delay the day of reckoning.

The only surprise, as we said, is that this is someone within the State Council who said it. This adds evidence to our judgment that the massive stimulus in 2009 is widely viewed as a mistake within China, and some within the government’s policymaking bodies share that view, and we believe this is one of the reasons why the government is so far reluctant to provide any massive stimulus despite arguably very grim economic outlook.

Case Shiller showing signs of improvement

by Peter

Its no secret here that we at Stocktouch think pretty highly of the Case Shiller index, and why shouldn’t we? They’re trusted by the majority of The Street to be the authority on the housing market and how things are developing in the housing markets. So when the Case/Shiller housing index continues to show some signs of improvement as housing prices jumped 0.5% on a year over year basis we got a bit excited.  This is certainly positive news for the economy and the balance sheet recession in general, but before we go throwing recovery parties lets remember to  keep things in perspective here.  We are looking at a price increase that is smaller than the 2009 price “rebound” so housing “recovery” calls might be a bit premature (more S&P):

 “Data through June 2012, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended the second quarter of 2012 with positive annual growth rates for the first time since the summer of 2010. The national composite was up 1.2% in the second quarter of 2012 versus the second quarter of 2011, and was up 6.9% versus the first quarter of 2012. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of +0.1% and +0.5% in June 2012.”

“Home prices gained in the second quarter,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “In this month’s report all three composites and all 20 cities improved both in June and through the entire second quarter of 2012. All 20 cities and both monthly Composites rose for the second consecutive month. It would have been a third consecutive month had we not seen home prices fall
in Detroit back in April.