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U.S. stocks were modestly lower this week.  Despite strong economic data and a positive bi-lateral trade agreement with China, there were concerns over weak earnings reports from some retailers.  International stocks were in-line with U.S. stocks despite the relief of a pro Eurozone centrist winning the French election.  Oil prices rebounded due to inventory drawdowns in the U.S. and a report of falling production by OPEC.  Other commodities generally had small gains.  The dollar rose.  Treasury rates were mostly unchanged.

In the numbers this week:

  • The Labor Department reported
    • Import prices rose 0.5% in April from a month earlier and 4.1% from a year ago.  Excluding petroleum import prices rose 0.4%.
    • Export prices rose 0.2% in April and 3.0% from a year ago.
    • First time claims for unemployment fell 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 236,000 in the prior week.   The four-week moving average of claims rose 500 to 243,500.
    • The producer price Index for final demand rose 0.5% in April and 2.5% from a year ago.  Excluding volatile food and energy, producer prices rose 1.9% from a year ago.
    • The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.2% in April from the prior month.  Excluding volatile food and energy prices rose 0.1%.  From a year earlier prices in April were up 2.2% and excluding food and energy were up 1.9%.
  • The Energy Information Administration’s Weekly Petroleum Data report is attached.
  • The Energy Information Administration reported
    • Weekly field production of crude oil increased 21,000 barrels per day in the prior week.
    • Natural gas in storage rose 45 Bcf from the prior week. Please call us if you have any questions.
  • Baker Hughes reported that oil drilling rigs increased by 9 to 712.  Gas drilling rigs fell 1 to 172.
  • The Commerce Department reported that consumer prices rose 0.2% in April.  From a year ago, consumer prices were up 2.2%.  Excluding volatile food and energy prices were up 0.1% in April and 1.9% from a year ago.

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Best Regards,

Loren C. Rex, CFP®, AIF®, MA                                                              Erik Smith

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