Weekly Market Snapshot

November 17, 2017

Market Commentary
by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist

There was a lot of economic data, but nothing to alter the overall picture. Industrial production was stronger than anticipated, with upward revisions to previous months. Ex-autos, factory output appears to be picking up following a somewhat flat trend from February to August. Retail sales and residential construction figures were consistent with a rebound from hurricane effects. Consumer price inflation was as expected. The Producer Price Index surprised to the upside (not a big deal) with mixed pipeline pressures (higher over the last year). 

The House passed its version of a tax-cut bill. The Senate added and subtracted elements, but couldn’t complete its version before the Thanksgiving break. The two plans will have to be reconciled, but there is enormous pressure to get it done by the end of the year (campaign contributions are riding on it).  

The stock market was choppy. The bond market ignored the data and reacted to stocks. 

Next week, the economic calendar is thin, but we won’t be by the end of the week. Have a great Thanksgiving.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 23458.36 23516.26 18.70%
NASDAQ 6793.29 6714.94 26.20%
S&P 500 2585.64 2579.85 15.49%
MSCI EAFE 1985.58 2013.79 17.91%
Russell 2000 1486.88 1496.55 9.56%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 4.25 3.50
Fed Funds 1.16 0.41
30-year mortgage 3.97 4.03


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.320 1.242
Dollars per Euro 1.177 1.063
Japanese Yen per Dollar 113.06 110.12
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.276 1.352
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.056 20.429


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 57.14 45.42
Gold 1278.20 1216.90

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.72 1.56
10-year treasury 2.37 2.35
10-year municipal (TEY) 3.12 2.98

Treasury Yield Curve – 11/17/2017

As of close of business 11/16/2017

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 11/17/2017

As of close of business 11/16/2017

Economic Calendar

November 20  —  Leading Economic Indicators (October)
November 21  —  Existing Home Sales (October)
November 22  —  Jobless Claims (week ending November 18)
 —  Durable Goods Orders (October)
November 23  —  Thanksgiving (markets closed)
November 27  —  New Home Sales (October)
November 28  —  CB Consumer Confidence (November)
 —  Powell Nomination Hearing
November 29  —  Real GDP (3Q17, 2nd estimate)
December 1  —  ISM Manufacturing Index
 —  Motor Vehicle Sales (November)
December 8  —  Employment Report (November)
December 13  —  FOMC Policy Decision (Yellen press conference)
December 14  —  Retail Sales (November)
December 25  —  Christmas Holiday


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