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Weekly Market Commentary Battle Creek

This past week US stocks posted modest gains while foreign stocks generally rose more sharply.  The 10 year treasury yield declined to 1.55% and commodities, led by crude oil and grains, were lower.  The U.S. dollar rose against a basket of currencies.

In the numbers this week.

  • The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales increased 1.1% in in June to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.57MM, the highest since February 2007.  Low interest rates and an improving economy were cited as reasons for the increase.
  • The Labor Department reported first time claims for unemployment fell 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 253,000, the lowest since the economic recovery began.  The four week moving average of claims fell to 257,750. The levels of initial and continuing claims hit record lows.
  • HIS Markit reported that the U.K. purchasing managers index had a record large drop from 52.4 in June to 47.7 in July.  Anything below 50 represents contraction.UK
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported in the prior week:
    • Crude oil inventories fell 2.3MM barrels.
    • Crude oil production rose 9,000 barrels.
    • Gasoline inventories increased 0.9MM barrels.
  • Baker Hughes reported that the US oil drilling rig count rose 14 to 371, the fourth straight week of increases while gas rigs fell 1 to 88.

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

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