US Stocks finished lower and volatility rose as tensions flared over North Korea. Foreign stocks generally fell more, especially in South Korea. Ten-year Treasury yields fell to 2.19% as a safe haven and the U.S. dollar weakened. Commodities were mixed with gold higher and oil lower.
In the numbers, this week:
- Factset reported with 91% of S&P 500 companies reporting, the average earnings increase from a year ago was 10.2%.
- China’s consumer prices were 1.4% higher in July from a year ago. This was down from 1.5% year over year in June. China’s target for inflation is 3.0%.
- The Commerce Department reported consumer spending rose 0.1% in June.
- The Labor Department reported
- First time claims for unemployment rose 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 244,000.
- The consumer price index rose 0.1% in July. Excluding volatile food and energy, prices also rose 0.1%.
- Non-farm business sector productivity rose at a 0.9% annual pace in the second quarter. This follows a 0.1% pace in the first quarter. From a year ago, productivity rose 1.2%.
- The Energy Information Administration’s Weekly Petroleum Data report is attached.
- The Energy Information Administration reported
- Weekly field production of crude oil fell 4,000 barrels per day in the prior week.
- Natural gas in storage rose 28 Bcf last week from the prior week.
- Baker Hughes reported that oil drilling rigs rose 3 to 768. Gas drilling rigs fell 8 to 181.
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