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Stocks End The Week With Small Losses

Most major stock indices ended the week with small losses, except the Dow 30 Industrials eking out a very slight gain.  Home sales continue to fall and oil prices fell substantially this week.  Any enthusiasm for slower growth/inflation was offset by hawkish comments from Federal Reserve members.

Treasury bond yields were mixed with the 30-year bond down to 3.925% and the 10-Year note up to 3.821%.  30-year mortgage ended little changed at 6.92%.  Crude oil fell to $80.38 a barrel and natural gas rose to $6.76 per MMBTUs.  The U.S. dollar index rose to 106.98 and gold fell to $1750.60 an ounce.

  • Japan reported that its gross domestic product shrank at a 1.2% annualized pace in the third quarter.
  • China reported industrial production in October was 5.0% higher than a year ago, down from the 6.3% year over year in September.
  • The U.K. reported that inflation in October was 11.1% from a year ago, up from 10.1% in September.
  • The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales fell 5.9% in October and have fallen 28.4% from a year ago.
  • The Federal Reserve reported that household debt increased 2.2% in the third quarter.  This was the fastest increase in 15 years. 
    • From a year ago, household debt has increased 8.3%.
    • The largest contributors to the debt increase were mortgage debt and credit card debt.
    • Delinquencies have increased but remain at historically low levels.
    • Foreclosures also remain low.
  • The Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose a robust 1.3% in the month of October.  Retail sales are not adjusted for inflation.
    • Higher gasoline prices and increased spending on automobiles were attributed to the increase.
    • Auto sales have increased as supply chains have recovered and production has increased.
  • The Labor Department reported:
    • The producer-price index rose 0.2% in October, a slowdown from previous months.  From a year ago, the index is up 8.0% down from 8.4% in September.
      • Core producer prices, excluding volatile food and energy also rose 0.2% in October and 5.4% from a year ago, down from 5.6% a year earlier.
    • Seasonally adjusted first-time claims for unemployment were 222,000, down from a revised 226,000 in the prior week.
      • The 4-week moving average of claims, designed to smooth out volatility, was 221,000 up from a revised 219,000.
      • For the full unemployment report go here: .
  • The EIA weekly oil report is here: .  Also, the EIA reported in the prior week:
    • Field production of crude oil was unchanged at 12.1MM BPD.
    • Natural gas storage rose 64BN cubic feet and at the 5-year average at this time of year.
  • Baker Hughes reported the number of active oil rigs rose 1to 623.  The number of active natural gas rigs rose 2 157.
  • Factset reported with 94% of S&P500 companies reporting Q3 earnings, the blended earnings increase is 2.2%.

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