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Stocks Rise on Improving Services Section

Major stock indices were substantially higher this week as S&P Global’s U.S. services PMI expanded.

Treasury bond yields were mixed with the 30-year bond ending at 3.880% and the 10-Year note at 3.962%.  30-year mortgage rates rose to 6.65%.  Crude oil rose to $79.80 a barrel and natural gas rose to $3.142 per MMBTUs.  The U.S. dollar index rose to 105.25 and gold rose to $1861 an ounce.

  • The Eurozone reported that inflation in February was 8.5% from a year earlier, down from 8.6% year over year in January and the peak of 10.6% in October.
    • Excluding volatile food and energy, prices rose from 5.3% in January to 5.6% in February.
    • Services rose 4.8% up from 4.4% in January.
  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index rose 5.8% in the calendar year 2022.
    • In the month of December home prices fell 0.8%.
  • S&P Global released its purchasing managers indices for March.  Keep in mind that anything over 50 represents expansion and anything under 50 represents contraction.
    • U.S. manufacturing PMI rose from 46.9 to 47.3.
    • U.S. services PMI rose from 46.8 to 50.6.
    • Canada manufacturing PMI rose from 51.0 to 52.4.
    • Mexico manufacturing PMI rose from 48.9 to 51.0.
    • Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell from 48.8 to 48.5.
    • Eurozone composite PMI rose from 50.3 to 52.0.
    • China manufacturing PMI rose from 49.2 to 51.6.
    • China services PMI rose from 52.9 to 55.0.
    • Japan manufacturing PMI fell from 48.9 to 47.7.
    • Japan service PMI rose from 52.3 to 54.0.
  • The Commerce Department reported:
    • Durable goods orders fell 4.5% in January, the largest drop since April 2020.
      • Transportation equipment orders fell 13.3%.
        • Non-defense aircraft and parts orders fell 54.6%.
      • Excluding transportation, durable goods orders were up 0.7%.
      • Orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft increased 0.8%.
  • The Labor Department reported:
    • Seasonally adjusted first-time claims for unemployment were 190,000 down from 192,000 in the prior week.
      • The 4-week moving average of claims, designed to smooth out volatility, was 193,000 up from 191,250 in the prior week.
      • 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 12.3MM BPD.
    • Natural gas storage fell 81BN cubic feet and is above the 5-year average at this time of year.
  • Baker Hughes reported the number of active oil rigs fell 8 to 592.  The number of active natural gas rigs rose 3 to 154.
  • Factset reported, with 99% of S&P500 companies reporting, that the blended Q4 earnings decline was 4.6%.

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

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