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Weekly Market Commentary

U.S. and foreign stocks rebounded sharply this week with emerging markets posting the biggest gains as the volatility index declined.  The ten-year treasury yield rose to 2.88%.  Commodity prices rose slightly while the U.S. dollar declined.

In the numbers this week:

  • The Commerce Department Reported:
    • Housing starts rose 9.7% in January.  While single family housing starts rose 3.7%, multifamily housing starts rose 24%.
    • Housing permits and indication of future housing starts rose 7.4%.
  • Japan gross domestic product grew at a 0.5% annual pace in the fourth quarter, following third quarter growth at a 2.2% annual pace.
  • The Federal Reserve reported that industrial production fell 0.1% in January.   From a year ago, industrial production has risen 3.7%.
  • The Labor Department reported
    • First time claims for unemployment rose 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 230,000 in the prior week.  The four week moving average of claims rose 3,500 to a seasonally adjusted 228,500.
    • Consumer price index rose 0.5% in January, following a 0.2% increase in December.  Core prices, excluding food and energy rose 0.35% in January.  From 12 months earlier consumer prices rose 2.1% and core prices were up 1.8%.
    • Producer prices rose 0.4% in January.  From a year earlier producer prices were up 2.7%.
    • The Commerce Department reported retail sales fell a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in January.  From a year earlier January retail sales were up 3.6%.  Auto sales were down 1.3%.  Gasoline sales were up 1.6% based on higher prices.
    • Import prices rose 1.0% in January.  Excluding petroleum, import prices rose 0.5%.  The weakening dollar was a major factor in the increase.
  • The Energy Information Administration weekly report is here wpsrsummary (4).  Also the EIA reported:
    • Weekly field production of crude oil increased 20 thousand barrels per day.
    • Storage of Natural Gas fell 194BN cubic feet.
    • According to Baker Hughes, In the past week the number of active oil rigs rose 7 to 798 and the number of active gas rigs fell 7 to 177.
  • According to Factset, with 80% of the S&P 500 companies reporting, the blended Q4 earnings growth rate is 15.2%.

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

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