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Weekly Market Commentary – Battle Creek

U.S. Stocks ended the week mixed with the Dow and the S&P 500 off slightly and the Nasdaq index posting gains. Foreign stocks were generally higher. The 10-year treasury yields were lower and the dollar fell modestly. Oil prices were down slightly, natural gas prices rose as did precious metals rose.

In the numbers this week:

  • The Eurozone reported that unemployment in November remained unchanged at 9.8%.
  • The Energy Information Administration weekly report is attached.
  • Baker Hughes reported that oil drilling rigs fell by 7 to 522. Gas drilling rigs rose 1 to 136.
  • The Labor Department reported that initial claims for unemployment rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjust 247,000. The four-week moving average of claims fell 1,750 to 256,500.
  • The Commerce Department reported that retail sales rose 0.6% in December. Excluding automobile dealers and gas stations retail sales were flat. For the year 2016 retail sales rose 3.3%.
  • China’s customs administration reported that in 2016 exports fell 7.7% and imports declined 5.5%. China’s trade surplus was $510BN less than the $594BN in 2015.
  • Destatis reported Germany’s gross domestic product grew 1.9% above inflation in 2016. Inflation came in at 0.3% in 2016 and is forecast to hit 1.7% in 2017.

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