Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-14-2019

  • In a slow week for economic data, producer and consumer inflation measures were mixed, but remained in tempered ranges. Labor releases were mixed as well, with government measures of job openings falling, while jobless claims remained low.
  • U.S. and foreign equity markets both gained several days last week with positive sentiment towards U.S.-China trade meetings staying on track. On the flip side, bonds fell as flows moved toward equities, pushing up interest rates a bit. Commodities generally moved higher, along with a spike in oil prices in keeping with new Iranian flare-ups in the Persian Gulf.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-07-2019

  • Economic data during the week included weaker-than-expected ISM manufacturing and services reports, in addition to a contractionary Chicago PMI. The employment situation report was mixed, with payrolls coming a bit below expected, but the unemployment rate fell to multi-decade lows.
  • World equity markets lost ground as concerns over global manufacturing slowdowns and economic weakness held back sentiment in the U.S. and abroad. Bonds, as usual, benefitted as rates fell in response. Commodities lost ground due to demand fears pulling down crude oil prices to their lowest levels in several months.

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LSA – Fusion IQ Stock Revisions

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-30-2019

Economic data for the week included positive results for personal income and spending, as well as durable goods orders, jobless claims, and a variety of housing metrics. Consumer confidence measures were mixed, however.

Global equity markets declined to varying degrees last week, with lack of positive progress on U.S.-China trade and potential for a brewing political crisis in the U.S. Governments bonds fared better, as investors fled risk, outperforming corporate and foreign debt. Commodities generally declined along with a stronger dollar, including a sharp decline again in crude oil as supply concerns waned. Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-23-2019

  • Economic data for the week was highlighted by the Federal Reserve lowering short-term interest rates by another quarter-point, in line with financial market expectations. Otherwise, industrial production and housing sales came in stronger than expected, several regional manufacturing indexes declined but remained expansionary, while the index of leading economic indicators was little changed.
  • Equity markets lost ground last week moderately, both in the U.S. and abroad. Bonds fared better, with positive returns in keeping with the Fed’s lowering of interest rates. Commodities rose due to a spike in crude oil prices on the heels of an attack on Saudi oil facilities, threatening near-term supplies.

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Weekly Economic Update

Fed Note:

As expected, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee lowered the fed funds rate a second time by 0.25%, to a new range of 1.75-2.00%. There were a few dissents, strangely in opposite directions, with one member wanting a larger 0.50% cut and two others voting for no cut.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-18-2019

 

  • Economic news for the week included largely-as-expected results for the producer price index and consumer price index, while retail sales surprised to the upside, and labor metrics were mixed.
  • Global equity markets gained on the week, as trade sentiment moved to optimistic once again. Bonds, however, suffered as interest rates corrected sharply higher with flows away from risk. Commodities markets were mixed, as crude oil lost ground, offsetting gains elsewhere.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-09-2019

  • Economic news for the week included positive results for the ISM services index, while the ISM manufacturing index contracted. Employment results were mixed, with the nonfarm payroll report somewhat slower than expected.
  • Equities rose on optimism for a trade resolution last week, both in the U.S. and abroad. Bonds, however, lost ground as interest rates ticked higher. Commodities gained a bit, led by sharply higher prices for natural gas.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-03-2019

  • Economic news for the week included a slight revision downward in U.S. GDP for the prior quarter, stronger than expected results for durable goods orders and personal spending, while jobless claims and consumer confidence weakened.
  • Equity markets in the U.S. and overseas rose on stronger sentiment and hopes about trade talks making progress. Bonds also gained, although interest rate changes were less dramatic than in recent weeks. Commodities rose generally, although the performance of the sub-groups was mixed.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 8-26-2019

  • In a lighter week for economic news, the index of leading economic indicators reversed course and showed a monthly gain—lowering odds of an upcoming recession. Other positive news included existing home sales coming in better than expected, while new home sales declined, but largely due to positive revisions from the prior month.
  • U.S. equity markets lost ground worldwide as trade tensions continued to vacillate, while foreign stocks fared slightly better. Bonds were flat to higher as interest rates changed minimally on the week. Commodities lost ground, primarily in the agricultural and industrial metals segments, while precious metals fared well.

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 8-19-2019

  • Economic data for the week included positive reports in retail sales, several regional manufacturing surveys, and a combination of several labor statistics. On the disappointing side were industrial production, housing starts, and jobless claims, which ticked up on the week.
  • Global equity markets in both the U.S. and overseas endured a volatile week, with several high percentage days in both directions, but ending only about a percent lower on net. Bonds fared more positively on the investment-grade side, due to lower interest rates and flows away from risk. Commodities were mixed to lower, mostly due to lower grain prices.

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