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Weekly Market Snapshot

  • 10.04.19
  • Economy & Policy
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The ISM Manufacturing Index fell further into contraction in September, while the Non-Manufacturing Index slowed (consistent with a continued expansion in the overall economy, but at a slower pace). The Employment Report was a mixed bag. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 136,000 in the initial estimate for September, with a net upward revision of +45,000 to July and August. The gain was a bit less than expected, but not as bad as feared. Private-sector payrolls rose by 114,000 (a +119,000 average for 3Q19 – half of the +236,000 pace seen in 3Q18). Average hourly earnings were unchanged (+2.9%), but rose 0.2% for production workers (+3.5% y/y). The unemployment rate edged down to 3.5%.

We’ve often had contractions in manufacturing without a downturn in the overall economy and strong household sector fundamentals should support consumer spending growth over the near term. However, the weak ISM manufacturing data renewed fears of “recession,” dropping the major stock market indices and sending bond yields lower.

Next week, the economic calendar thins out. There may be some interest in the Consumer Price Index, but the report rarely surprises. More importantly, on Tuesday, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell will speak at the annual conference of the National Association for Business Economics and could provide some clues about future policy decisions. The topic of his speech is “Data Dependence in an Evolving Economy.” At the September 17-18 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, officials were divided on the appropriate path for monetary policy. The minutes of that meeting (Wednesday) should delve into the differences.

Indices

  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 26201.04 26891.12 12.32%
NASDAQ 7872.27 8030.66 18.64%
S&P 500 2910.63 2977.62 16.11%
MSCI EAFE 1849.26 1889.93 7.52%
Russell 2000 1486.35 1533.33 10.22%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 5.00 5.25
Fed Funds 1.85 2.16
30-year mortgage 3.62 4.94

Currencies

  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.230 1.294
Dollars per Euro 1.096 1.148
Japanese Yen per Dollar 107.18 114.53
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.333 1.287
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.795 19.045

Commodities

  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 52.64 76.41
Gold 1507.90 1202.90

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.39 1.55
10-year treasury 1.54 1.59
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.12 2.01

Treasury Yield Curve – 10/04/2019

Treasury Yield Curve 

As of close of business 10/03/2019


S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 10/04/2019


S&P Sector Performance 

As of close of business 10/03/2019


Economic Calendar

October 8  —  Small Business Optimism (September)
 —  Producer Price Index (September)
 —  Fed Chair Powell Speaks (NABE Conference)
October 9  —  FOMC Minutes (September 17-18)
October 10  —  Jobless Claims (week ending October 5)
 —  Consumer Price Index (September)
October 11  —  Import Prices (September)
 —  UM Consumer Sentiment (mid-October)
October 14  —  Columbus Day Holiday (bond market closed)
October 16  —  Retail Sales (September)
 —  Fed Beige Book
October 30  —  Real GDP (3Q19, advance estimate)
 —  FOMC Policy Decision
December 11  —  FOMC Policy Decision

 

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