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Weekly Market Snapshot

September 26, 2014

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

The economic data were mixed. The estimate of second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised upward from 4.2% to 4.6%, as expected. Existing home sales fell in August, reflecting a decline in speculators (i.e., fewer all-cash transactions). New home sales surged 18.9%, but that likely reflects the usual volatility in the data. Durable goods orders fell 18%, reflecting an unwinding of July’s sharp spike in civilian aircraft orders. The three-month averages of shipments and orders for nondefense capital goods (ex-aircraft) suggest good strength in business fixed investments.

Stocks fell sharply on Thursday, with no apparent catalyst (other than the old adage: "sell on Rosh Hashanah, buy on Yom Kippur").

Next week, the economic data will be more important and should help to fill in the picture for the third quarter, and Friday’s employment figures will set the near-term economic outlook. Personal income and spending should be consistent with moderately strong growth in consumer spending. The ISM Manufacturing Survey should show relative strength. Nonfarm payrolls were restrained in July by a seasonal quirk in autos and by labor strife at a New England grocery chain. Those impacts should reverse, adding 25,000 to 30,000 to the payroll figure for September. Seasonal adjustment is hard in September due to the start of the school year and an end to summer jobs. The unemployment rate should be flat or slightly lower.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 16945.80 17265.99 2.23%
NASDAQ 4466.75 4593.43 6.95%
S&P 500 1965.99 2011.36 6.36%
MSCI EAFE 1866.41 1903.37 -2.57%
Russell 2000 1110.24 1159.27 -4.59%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1-year ago
Prime Rate 3.25 3.25
Fed Funds 0.08 0.09
30-year mortgage 4.23 4.32


  Last 1-year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.630 1.604
Dollars per Euro 1.272 1.351
Japanese Yen per Dollar 109.230 98.490
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.111 1.031
Mexican Peso per Dollar 13.322 12.966


  Last 1-year ago
Crude Oil 94.33 102.76
Gold 1209.05 1323.42

Bond Rates

  Last 1-month ago
2-year treasury 0.58 0.50
10-year treasury 2.52 2.35
10-year municipal (TEY) 3.46 3.38

Treasury Yield Curve – 9/26/2014

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 9/26/2014

Economic Calendar

September 29  —  Personal Income and Spending (August)
Pending Home Sales Index (August)
September 30  —  Case-Shiller Home Price Index (July)
Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (September)
Consumer Confidence (September)
October 1  —  ADP Payroll Estimate (September)
ISM Manufacturing Index (September)
Motor Vehicle Sales (September)
October 2  —  Jobless Claims (week ending September 27)
Factory Orders (August)
October 3  —  Employment Report (September)
Trade Balance (August)
ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (September)
October 8  —  FOMC Minutes (September 16-18)

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Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business September 25, 2014.

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