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Weekly Market Update – Southwest Michigan

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

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