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Stocks Rise On Mixed Economic Data

Major stock indices rose this week on mixed economic data as traders anticipate a FED pause in September.  2nd quarter GDP was revised lower on reduced business investment.  While August jobs creation grew, the level continued a slower pace for the summer and wage increases came in smaller than expected.

Treasury bond yields were mixed with the 30-year bond yield at 4.297% and the 10-Year note at 4.186%.  Freddie Mac reported that the average 30-year mortgage rate fell to 7.18%.  Crude oil rose to $86.05 a barrel and natural gas rose to $2.761 per MMBTUs.  The U.S. dollar index rose to 104.26 and gold rose to $1966.20 an ounce.

  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index for June was unchanged from a year earlier.  This was up from a 0.4% loss in May.
  • The Commerce Department
    • Revised it’s estimate of 2nd quarter gross domestic product to a 2.1% annualized gain, down from an initial estimate of 2.4%.
      • Lower inventory and nonresidential fixed investment were revised lower.
      • Household spending was revised higher.
    • Personal consumption expenditures rose 0.8% in July, up from 0.6% in June.
      • The PCE price index rose 0.2% in July the same as June and is up 3.3% from a year ago.
        • Excluding food and energy PCE prices were also up 0.2% in July and were up 4.2% from a year ago.
      • Personal incomes were up 0.2% in July, in line with prices.
  • The Labor Department reported:
    • The number of jobs openings declined to 8.8MM in July.
    • The U.S. added a seasonally adjusted 187,000 non-farm workers in August.
      • The unemployment rate rose 0.3% to 3.8%.
      • Hourly wages increased by 0.24% in August.
    • Seasonally adjusted first-time claims for unemployment were 228,000, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 232,000.
      • The 4-week moving average of claims, designed to smooth out volatility, were 237,500 an increase of 250 from the previous week’s revised level. 
      • 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 12.8MM BPD.
    • Natural gas storage rose 32BN cubic feet and is above the 5-year average at this time of year.
  • Baker Hughes reported the number of active oil rigs was unchanged at 508.  The number of active natural gas was fell 1 to 114.

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

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