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This Thanksgiving Week Not a Turkey For the Markets

This Thanksgiving week ended up not being a turkey as stock indices closed substantially higher with the small company Russell 2000 outperforming on vaccine hopes.   

Treasury yields fell with the 30-year bond yield at 1.576% and the 10-Year note at 0.846%.  Crude oil rose to $45.52 a barrel and natural gas rose to $2.851 per MMBTUs.  The U.S. dollar index fell to 91.81 and gold prices fell to $1790.70 an ounce. 

In the economic numbers this week: 

  • The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index was 7% higher in September than September 2019.
  • CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis reported that global trade flows increased 12.5% in the third quarter.  China has led the rebound increasing its share of exports which are only 2% lower than at thee end of 2019.
  • The Commerce Department reported
    • Imports rose 2.2% to $206.3B and exports rose 2.8% to $126B in October. 
    • Consumer spending rose 0.5% in October.
    • Household income fell 0.7% in October.
    • Durable goods orders rose 1.3% in October from a revised 2.1% rise in September.  Excluding aircraft and military goods, which is a measure of business investment, rose 0.7% in October following a revised 1.9% in September.
  • The Labor Department reported:
    • A seasonally adjusted 778,000 workers filed initial claims for unemployment in the week ending November 21st up 30,000 from a revised 748,000 the week before as virus restrictions created more layoffs.
    • The four week moving average of initial claims designed to smooth out weekly volatility rose 5,000 to 748,500.

Source: Department of Labor

    • Continuing claims for regular unemployment fell from 6.4M M to 6.1MM in the week ending November 14th.
    • A broader measure of claims including extended benefits, pandemic assistance and other programs rose from  20.3MM to 20.5MM as of November 7th.
    • For the full report go here: .
  • The EIA weekly oil report is here .  Also, the EIA reported in the past week:
    • Field production of crude oil was rose from 10.9MM barrels per day to 11.0MM barrels per day.
    • Natural gas storage fell 18BN cubic feet and is above the average level at this time of year during the past five years.
  • Baker Hughes reported the number of active oil rigs rose 10 to 241.  The number of active natural gas rigs rose 1 to 77.

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

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