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Weekly Market Update – Southwest Michigan

U.S. and foreign stocks posted solid gains this week.  A weaker than expected May jobs report on Friday did not deter the rally as manufacturing numbers continue to accelerate.  The yield on the 10-year treasury bond yield dropped below 2.2%  on Friday and the dollar weakened for the week.

In the numbers, this week:

  • The Labor Department reported:
    • First time claims for unemployment rose 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 248,000.  The four-week moving average of claims rose 2,500 to 238,000.
    • The U.S. added 138,000 jobs in May, and the previous two months were revised down.  The unemployment rate fell from 4.4% to 4.3%.
  • The Institute for Supply Management reported its manufacturing activity index rose from 54.8 in April to 54.9 in May indicating an acceleration of growth.
  • China’s Caixin/Markit Manufacturing Purchasing Managers index fell to 49.6% in May from 50.3 in April.  Anything less than 50 represents a decline.  This is the first time in 11 months that the index was below 50.
  • The Energy Information Administration’s Weekly Petroleum Data report is here wpsrsummary (14).
  • The Energy Information Administration reported
    • Weekly field production of crude oil rose 22,000 barrels per day in the prior week.  Also, I need to correct that last week’s email incorrectly showed a decline of 15,000 barrels per day, that should have showed an increase of 15,000.
    • Natural gas in storage rose 81 Bcf from the prior week.
  • Baker Hughes reported that oil drilling rigs increased by 11 to 733.  Gas drilling rigs fell 2 to 183.
  • The eurozone inflation rate dropped to 1.4% year over year in May, down sharply from 1.9% in April.  Given the reduced level of inflation it is unlikely the ECB will move towards moving away from its negative interest rate policy anytime soon.
  • The Commerce Department reported that in April:
    • Personal-consumption expenditures increased 0.4%.
    • Personal income rose 0.4%.
    • The personal savings rate was unchanged at 5.3%.
    • The price index for personal-consumption expenditures rose 0.2% after falling 0.2% in March.  This is the FEDs preferred measure of inflation.  From a year ago the price index rose 1.7% and excluding volatile food and energy were up only 1.5%, below the FED’s target of 2.0%.
    • The U.S. trade deficit increased 5.2% in April.  Imports grew and exports fell.  This was mainly due to the stronger dollar.  Over the past four months both imports and exports rose.  From a year ago the trade deficit has risen 13.4%.

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

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