Weekly Market Snapshot

Weekly Market Snapshot

  • 08.11.17
  • Markets & Investing
  • Article

Market Commentary
by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist
August 11, 2017

The economic calendar was thin. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.1% in July (median forecast: +0.2%), up 1.7% year-over-year. Ex-food and energy, the CPI also rose 0.1% (median forecast: +0.2%), also up 1.7% y/y. The inflation figures were held down partly by a drop in the price index for lodging away from home (otherwise, the headline CPI figures would have been in line with expectations). Real average hourly earnings rose 0.2%, following gains of 0.3% in both May and June (+0.7% y/y), which should help to provide some support for consumer spending growth in the near term. 

Increased tensions with North Korea were cited as a catalyst for equity market weakness, but stocks were likely due for a pullback (the market can’t rise every day) and the market’s timing relative to the news seemed a bit off. 

Next week, the focus will be on the July retail sales figures (Tuesday) and the Federal Open Market Committee minutes (Wednesday afternoon). Retail sales results were weak in May and June. Investors will be looking for a moderate pickup in July. The minutes of the July 25 – 26 FOMC meeting are unlikely to tell us much beyond what we already know. The Fed has laid out its plans for balance sheet reduction, and the consensus view is that will begin in October, delaying the next increase in short-term interest rates to mid-December. However, the minutes may show an internal debate about the timing of balance sheet reduction and some discussion of the recent low trend in inflation.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 21844.01 22026.10 10.53%
NASDAQ 6216.87 6340.34 15.49%
S&P 500 2438.21 2472.16 8.91%
MSCI EAFE 1927.41 1955.39 14.45%
Russell 2000 1372.54 1405.23 1.14%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 4.25 3.50
Fed Funds 1.16 0.40
30-year mortgage 3.96 3.38


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.298 1.296
Dollars per Euro 1.177 1.114
Japanese Yen per Dollar 109.20 101.96
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.274 1.299
Mexican Peso per Dollar 17.972 18.229


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 48.59 43.49
Gold 1290.10 1350.00

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.38 1.35
10-year treasury 2.25 2.24
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.86 4.03

Treasury Yield Curve – 8/11/2017

Treasury Yield

As of close of business 8/10/2017

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 8/11/2017

S&P Sector Performance

As of close of business 8/10/2017

Economic Calendar

August 15  —  Retail Sales (July)
 —  Import Prices (July)
 —  Homebuilder Sentiment (August)
August 16  —  Building Permits, Housing Starts (July)
 —  FOMC Minutes (July 25-26)
August 17  —  Jobless Claims (week ending August 12)
 —  Industrial Production (July)
 —  Leading Economic Indicators (July)
August 23  —  New Home Sales (July)
August 24  —  Existing Home Sales (July)
August 25  —  Durable Goods Orders (July)
 —  Yellen Jackson Hole Speech (tentative)
August 30  —  Real GDP (2Q17, 2nd estimate)
September 1  —  Employment Report (August)
September 4  —  Labor Day Holiday (markets closed)
September 20  —  FOMC Policy Decision (Yellen press conference)


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