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Stocks Stage Reversal After Three Down Weeks

Major stock indices stages a reversal and ended with substantial gains following three down weeks.  While the U.S. and global purchasing manager’s indices point to a slowdown, layoffs declined again this week.  Federal Reserve officials statements pointed to another 0.75% rate hike later this month.

European energy ministers met and agreed to cap revenue from non-gas electricity generation to limit the increase in electricity prices.  The European Central Bank met and raised its short term interest rate from zero to 0.75%.  In July, the ECB raised rates from negative 0.5% to zero.

Treasury bond yields rose with the 30-year bond at 3.449% and the 10-Year note at 3.314%.  30 year mortgage rates rose to 6.18%.  Crude oil fell to $86.10 a barrel and natural gas fell to $8.038 per MMBTUs.  The U.S. dollar index fell to 108.97.  Gold fell to $1727.60 an ounce.

In the economic numbers:

  • S&P Global released the following purchasing managers indices for the month of August.  Keep in mind that anything over 50 represent expansion and under 50 represent contraction.
    • U.S. manufacturing PMI fell from 52.2 to 51.5.
    • U.S. services PMI fell from 47.3 to 43.7.
    • China manufacturing PMI fell from 50.4 to 49.5.
    • China services PMI fell from 55.5 to 50.5.
    • Eurozone manufacturing PMI fell from 49.8 to 49.6.
    • Eurozone composite PMI fell from 49.9 to 48.9.
    • Japan manufacturing PMI fell from 52.1 to 51.5.
    • Japan services PMI fell from 50.3 to 49.5.
    • Canada manufacturing PMI fell from 52.5 to 48.7.
  • China reported:
    • Consumer inflation was 2.5% year over year in August, down from 2.7% in July.
    • Producer inflation was 2.3%, down from 4.3% in July.
    • The Commerce Department reported the U.S. Trade Deficit Fell 12.6% in the month of July.  Exports rose slightly but imports fell significantly. 
  • The Labor Department reported:
    • Seasonally adjusted first time claims for unemployment fell to 222,000, down from a revised 228,000 in the prior week. 
      • The 4-week moving average of claims, designed to smooth out volatility, fell to 233,000 from a revised 241,500.
      • 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 54BN cubic feet and is below the 5-year average at this time of year.
  • Baker Hughes reported the number of active oil rigs fell 5 to 591.  The number of active natural gas rigs rose 4 to 166.

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