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Weekly Market Snapshot

June 24, 2016

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

U.S. financial markets spent most of the week pricing in a greater likelihood that the United Kingdom would vote to remain in the European Union. Oops. The surprise "leave" victory in the U.K. referendum sent markets reeling. Global stock markets fell sharply. The pound plunged (to a 30-year low). Bond yields sank, reflecting a flight to safety. Still, this wasn’t a Lehman-type event. Market participants were simply caught leaning the wrong way. Prime Minister Cameron resigned, effective October, leaving his predecessor a lengthy negotiation with the EU on exit terms. The EU exit will have a negative impact on economic growth in the U.K., and there’s a good chance of a recession. However, financial markets should begin to settle down soon.

In her semiannual monetary policy testimony to Congress, Fed Chair Yellen indicated that the central bank will maintain a cautious approach to raising short-term interest rates. Yellen’s comments and the various economic reports were overshadowed by the Brexit vote.

Next week, the economic calendar is relatively quiet. First quarter growth is expected to be revised higher in the third estimate of 1Q16 GDP (note annual benchmark revisions are due, along with the advance estimate for 2Q16, on July 29). Personal income and spending figures will help fill in the consumer picture for the second quarter. The ISM Manufacturing Index would normally get the most attention, but it shows up on Friday, when many market participants are likely to be out ahead of the three-day weekend. Markets will close early on Friday.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 18011.07 17733.10 3.36%
NASDAQ 4910.04 4844.91 -1.94%
S&P 500 2113.32 2077.99 3.39%
MSCI EAFE 1687.04 1568.83 -1.70%
Russell 2000 1172.22 1148.19 3.20%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 3.50 3.25
Fed Funds 0.40 0.13
30-year mortgage 3.60 4.02


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.488 1.571
Dollars per Euro 1.139 1.121
Japanese Yen per Dollar 106.16 123.85
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.275 1.238
Mexican Peso per Dollar 18.227 15.499


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 50.11 60.27
Gold 1263.10 1172.90

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 0.60 0.88
10-year treasury 1.54 1.83
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.35 2.51

Treasury Yield Curve – 06/24/2016

As of close of business 06/23/2016

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 06/24/2016

As of close of business 06/23/2016

Economic Calendar

June 27  —  Trade Balance in Goods (May)
June 28  —  Real GDP (1Q16, third estimate)
Consumer Confidence (June)
June 29  —  Personal Income and Spending (May)
Pending Home Sales Index (May)
June 30  —  Jobless Claims (week ending June 25)
Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (June)
July 1  —  ISM Manufacturing Index (June)
July 4  —  Independence Day Holiday (markets closed)

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Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business June 23, 2016.

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