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The Past Week in the Markets

Large cap U.S. stocks saw substantial gains mainly in reaction to FED chair Powell’s dovish stance on cutting interest rates during testimony to congress.  Powell indicated that inflation is still below the FED’s target and the outlook hasn’t improved with a global slowdown.  Small cap stocks and international stocks saw much more modest gains.

In the numbers this week:

  • China’s exports fell 1.3% in June after rising 1.1% in May.  China’s imports fell 7.3% in June and fell 8.5% in May.
  • The Labor Department reported
    • First time claims for unemployment fell 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 209,000 last week.  The four week moving average of claims, designed to smooth out weekly fluctuations, fell to 219,250.
    • Consumer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in June.  Excluding volatile food and energy prices rose 0.3%.  From a year earlier prices were up 1.6% in June but excluding food and energy were up 2.1%.
    • Producer prices rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in June.  Excluding volatile food and energy prices rose 0.2%.  From a year earlier producer prices rose 1.7% and excluding food and energy rose 2.3%.
    • Average hourly earnings increased 0.2% above inflation in June and 1.5% above inflation for the past 12 months.
  • The Energy Information Administration weekly report is here wpsrsummary.  Also, the EIA reported in the prior week:
    • U.S. Crude oil production increased from 12.2MM barrels per day to 12.3MM barrels per day.
    • Storage of natural gas rose 81BN cubic feet and is still below the past five year average for this time of year.
    • Baker Hughes reported in the past week that the number of active oil rigs fell 4 to 784 and the number of active gas rigs fell 2 to 172.

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

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