Chief Economist Scott Brown discusses the latest market data.
Financial market participants were relieved as Washington lawmakers agreed to waive the debt ceiling until December.
The September Employment Report was mixed. Nonfarm payrolls rose by a “disappointing” 194,000, but the delta variant was likely a restraint, the August figure was revised up and less hiring at the start of the school year resulted in a 180,000 decline in education jobs (non-education jobs rose by 374,000). The unemployment rate fell to 4.8% (from 5.2%), partly reflecting the expiration of extended unemployment benefits. The ISM Services Index edged up to 61.9 in September, vs. 61.7 in August (it hit a record high of 64.1 in July), reflecting continued strength, but supply managers remain concerned about transportation bottlenecks and long lead times for critical components. The U.S. trade deficit widened to a record $73.3 billion in August. Unit motor vehicle sales fell 6.4% to a 12.2 million seasonally adjusted annual rate in September, down 33.4% since April.
Next week: The bond market will be closed on Monday. While components are likely to be mixed, inflationary pressures are expected to remain evident in the September CPI report. Retail sales should show a further decline in motor vehicles, but sales likely rose moderately otherwise. Federal Open Market Committee minutes may indicate some disagreements among Fed policymakers but a general consensus to taper “soon” (which is broadly taken to mean “at the next policy meeting”). The International Monetary Fund will release its revised World Economic Outlook on Tuesday.
|Last||Last Week||YTD return %|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Dollars per British Pound||1.3648||1.304|
|Dollars per Euro||1.158||1.176|
|Japanese Yen per Dollar||111.57||105.62|
|Canadian Dollars per Dollar||1.250||1.312|
|Mexican Peso per Dollar||20.556||21.398|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Last||1 month ago|
|10-year municipal (TEY)||1.78||1.46|
As of close of business 10/07/2021
|October 11||—||Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day (bond market closed)|
|October 12||—||IMF World Economic Outlook|
|October 13||—||Consumer Price Index (September)|
|—||FOMC Minutes (September 21-22)|
|October 14||—||Jobless Claims (week ending October 9)|
|—||Producer Price Index (September)|
|October 15||—||Retail Sales (September)|
|—||UM Consumer Sentiment|
|October 18||—||Industrial Production (September)|
|October 28||—||Real GDP (3Q21, advance estimate)|
|November 3||—||FOMC Policy Decision|
|—||Employment Report (October)|
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