Chief Economist Scott Brown discusses the latest market data.
The economic data reports remained supportive but were largely ignored. Investors waited for President Biden’s nominee for Fed chair (Powell or Brainard) and debated when the Fed may begin to raise short-term interest rates.
Retail sales rose 1.7% in October (+16.3% year over year), also up 1.7% (+17.6% year over year) ex-autos. Department store sales were up 2.2% (+27.6% year over year) and sales of electronics and appliances rose 3.8% (+18.4% year over year). Industrial production rose 1.6% in October, following a hurricane-related 1.3% decline in September. Manufacturing output rose 1.3% (+4.9% year over year) led by an 11.0% rebound in motor vehicle production (-3.6% year over year). Capacity utilization, a key indicator of inflation pressures during the 1970s, remains below its long-term average. Single-family building permits rose 2.7%, down 6.3% from a year ago but still above the pre-pandemic level.
Next week: The economic data reports bunch up on Wednesday and none of them are expected to be market-moving. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) minutes from Nov. 2 to 3 may show some difference of opinion among senior Fed officials regarding the pace of tapering – some likely wanted to go faster than the agreed-upon initial pace of $15 billion per month. We’ll also learn whether there was discussion of raising short-term interest rates.
|Last||Last Week||YTD return %|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Dollars per British Pound||1.344||1.326|
|Dollars per Euro||1.128||1.188|
|Japanese Yen per Dollar||113.650||103.740|
|Canadian Dollars per Dollar||1.266||1.307|
|Mexican Peso per Dollar||20.811||20.190|
|Last||1 year ago|
|Last||1 month ago|
|10-year municipal (TEY)||1.74||1.82|
As of close of business 11/18/2021
|November 22||—||Existing Home Sales (October)|
|Novmeber 24||—||Jobless Claims (week ending November 20)|
|—||Real GDP (3Q21, 2nd estimate)|
|—||Durable Goods Orders (October)|
|—||Personal Income and Spending (October)|
|—||New Home Sales (October)|
|—||UM Consumer Sentiment (November)|
|—||FOMC Minutes (November 2-3)|
|November 25||—||Thanksgiving (markets closed)|
|November 30||—||CB Consumer Confidence (November)|
|December 1||—||ISM Manufacturing Index (November)|
|December 3||—||Employment Report (November)|
|December 10||—||Consumer Price Index (November)|
|December 15||—||FOMC Policy Decision|
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