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Weekly Market Snapshot

November 22, 2019

Market Commentary
by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist

Shifting trade policy perceptions remained the dominant factor for the stock market. There were no surprises in the FOMC minutes. While the economic reports were largely ignored, the data remained consistent with a mixed outlook – continued support for consumer spending growth, but ongoing weakness in business investment (this will be a key theme as we head into 2020).

The UM Consumer Sentiment Index edged up to 96.8 in the full-month reading for November, vs. 95.7 at mid-month and 95.5 in October. The report noted more pronounced partisan differences among consumers, but there is also a sharp divide between business and consumer sentiment: “one side anticipates a recession, while the other side expects an uninterrupted expansion in the year ahead – there is ample reason for both optimism as well as pessimism, but not the extreme differences voiced by these groups.”

Next week is a holiday week, but with some important data. Revisions from the advance GDP estimate to the 2nd and 3rd estimates have tended to be small in recent years (larger changes show up in the annual benchmark revisions). The advance economic indicators, durable goods shipments and inventories, and personal income/spending are all October figures, but are likely to suggest a downshift in GDP growth in 4Q19.


Indices

  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 27766.29 27781.96 19.03%
NASDAQ 8506.21 8482.10 28.20%
S&P 500 3103.54 3094.04 23.80%
MSCI EAFE 1969.07 1972.37 14.49%
Russell 2000 1583.99 1572.37 17.46%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 4.75 5.25
Fed Funds 1.55 2.18
30-year mortgage 3.73 4.94

Currencies

  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.292 1.278
Dollars per Euro 1.107 1.138
Japanese Yen per Dollar 108.61 113.06
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.330 1.323
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.463 20.250

Commodities

  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 57.01 54.63
Gold 1474.20 1228.00

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.60 1.58
10-year treasury 1.77 1.77
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.33 2.34

Treasury Yield Curve – 11/22/2019

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As of close of business 11/21/2019


S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 11/22/2019


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As of close of business 11/21/2019


Economic Calendar

November 26  —  Advance Economic Indicators (October)
 —  New Home Sales (October)
 —  CB Consumer Confidence (November)
November 27  —  Jobless Claims (week ending November 23)
 —  Real GDP (3Q19, 2nd estimate)
 —  Durable Goods Orders (October)
 —  Chicago Business Barometer (November)
 —  Personal Income and Spending (October)
 —  Pending Home Sales Index (October)
 —  Fed Beige Book
November 28  —  Thanksgiving Holiday (markets closed)
December 2  —  ISM Manufacturing Index (November)
December 6  —  Employment Report (November)
December 11  —  FOMC Policy Decision
December 11  —  Retail Sales (November)

 

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