Steve Smith

Weekly Market Snapshot

Weekly Market Snapshot

  • 11.08.19
  • Economy & Policy
  • Commentary

Once again, the economic data reports were dominated by shifting trade policy perceptions, but this time things were flipped. It was the Chinese indicating a possible rollback of tariffs on both sides, sending the stock market higher. However, that was refuted by the White House the next day.

The ISM Non-Manufacturing improved in October, consistent with moderate growth in the overall economy in the near term. Unit motor vehicle sales fell in October. Productivity figures were poor (these data are quirky, but the underlying trend is disappointing, especially in manufacturing). The UM Consumer Sentiment Index was little changed. Consumers remain optimistic about the job market, while the impact of the impeachment inquiry is “virtually nonexistent” according to the report.

Next week, Fed Chairman Powell will testify twice on Capitol Hill, although his evaluation of the economic outlook is not expected to deviate much from what he said in his post-FOMC press conference. Moreover, said testimony will be overshadowed as the impeachment inquiry enters a more public phase. The important economic data will arrive on Friday. Retail sales are expected to be mixed and industrial production should further reflect the GM strike. In the Consumer Price Index (Wednesday), a modest increase in gasoline prices will be amplified by the seasonal adjustment (which anticipates lower gasoline prices in October). Core inflation should remain moderate.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 27674.80 27046.23 18.64%
NASDAQ 8434.52 8292.36 27.12%
S&P 500 3085.18 3037.56 23.07%
MSCI EAFE 1981.56 1954.10 15.22%
Russell 2000 1593.99 1562.45 18.20%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 4.75 5.25
Fed Funds 1.54 2.18
30-year mortgage 3.85 5.05


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.282 1.306
Dollars per Euro 1.105 1.136
Japanese Yen per Dollar 109.29 114.07
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.318 1.316
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.150 20.197


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 56.89 60.67
Gold 1467.80 1225.10

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.67 1.54
10-year treasury 1.94 1.66
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.47 2.09

Treasury Yield Curve – 11/08/2019

Treasury Yield Curve 

As of close of business 11/07/2019

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 11/08/2019

S&P Sector Performance Chart 

As of close of business 11/07/2019

Economic Calendar

November 11  —  Veterans Day (bond market closed)
November 12  —  Small Business Optimism (October)
November 13  —  Consumer Price Index (October)
 —  Impeachment Hearing (open)
 —  Powell Testimony (Joint Economic Committee)
 —  Treasury Budget (October)
November 14  —  Jobless Claims (week ending November 9)
 —  Producer Price Index (October)
 —  Powell Testimony (House Budget Committee)
November 15  —  Import Prices (October)
 —  Retail Sales (October)
 —  Industrial Production (October)
November 19  —  Building Permits, Housing Starts (October)
November 20  —  FOMC Minutes (October 29-30)
November 21  —  Budget Deadline
November 28  —  Thanksgiving Holiday (markets closed)
December 11  —  FOMC Policy Decision


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