Weekly Market Snapshot

Weekly Market Snapshot

  • 08.09.19
  • Economy & Policy
  • Commentary

Next week, the economic calendar picks up again. The Consumer Price Index is expected to get a small boost from higher gasoline prices, which normally fall in July. Ex-food and energy, inflation should remain moderate (note that year-over-year inflation in the core CPI is trending about 0.4 percentage points higher than the PCE Price Index, which is the Fed’s chief inflation gauge). Retail sales are likely to be mixed in July, following strong results in recent months. Industrial production is expected to remain weak. Lower mortgage rates have failed to fuel a significant pickup in residential construction activity.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 26378.19 26583.42 13.08%
NASDAQ 8039.16 8111.12 21.16%
S&P 500 2938.09 2953.56 17.20%
MSCI EAFE 1846.36 1894.34 7.35%
Russell 2000 1532.13 1550.76 13.61%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 5.25 5.00
Fed Funds 2.11 1.90
30-year mortgage 3.74 4.70


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.213 1.282
Dollars per Euro 1.118 1.153
Japanese Yen per Dollar 106.07 111.08
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.323 1.305
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.411 18.693


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 52.54 66.81
Gold 1509.50 1219.90

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.60 1.86
10-year treasury 1.70 2.13
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.06 2.45

Treasury Yield Curve – 08/09/2019

Treasury Yield Curve 

As of close of business 08/08/2019

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 08/09/2019

S&P Sector Performance 

As of close of business 08/08/2019

Economic Calendar

August 13  —  Small Business Optimism Index (July)
 —  Consumer Price Index (July)
August 14  —  Import Prices (July)
August 15  —  Jobless Claims (week ending August 13)
 —  Retail Sales (July)
 —  NF Productivity (2Q19, preliminary)
 —  Industrial Production (July)
 —  Homebuilder Sentiment (August)
August 16  —  Building Permits, Housing Starts (July)
August 21  —  FOMC Minutes (July 30-31)
August 22  —  Leading Economic Indicators (July)
August 22 - 24  —  KC Fed Symposium (“Challenges for Monetary Policy”)
August 26  —  Durable Goods Orders (July)
September 2  —  Labor Day (markets closed)
September 6  —  Employment Report (August)
September 18  —  FOMC Policy Decision
October 30  —  FOMC Policy Decision


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