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Weekly Market Snapshot

July 29, 2016

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

As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee left short-term interest rates unchanged. In its policy statement, the FOMC noted that “on balance, payrolls and other labor market indicators point to some increase in labor utilization in recent months.” More importantly, “near-term risks to the economic outlook have diminished.” Kansas City Fed President Esther George dissented in favor of raising the federal funds target range by 25 basis points (to 0.50% to 0.75%).

Real GDP rose at a 1.2% annual rate in the advance estimate for 2Q16, much weaker than anticipated, reflecting a sharp slowing in inventory growth. In fact, inventory growth turned negative (for the first time since 3Q11). Final Sales (GDP less the change in inventories) rose at a 2.6% annual rate. Consumer spending rose at a 4.2% pace (a 2.9% average for the first half of the year). Most other components were soft.

Next week, the economic calendar will be busy. The ISM surveys for July will help to fill in the picture for early 3Q16. Global investors will look to the Bank of England to ease monetary policy ahead of an expected drag from Brexit. The July Employment Report will help set near-term expectations for the economy and Fed policy. Nonfarm payrolls were choppy in May and June (reflecting statistical uncertainty), but the underlying trend has slowed (likely due to both greater caution in hiring and a tighter job market). Seasonal adjustment will be tricky (due to the end of the school year).


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 18422.73 18517.23 5.73%
NASDAQ 5160.89 5073.90 3.06%
S&P 500 2168.64 2165.17 6.10%
MSCI EAFE 1658.16 1657.14 -3.39%
Russell 2000 1215.34 1203.86 6.99%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 3.50 3.25
Fed Funds 0.30 0.14
30-year mortgage 3.39 3.98


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.316 1.560
Dollars per Euro 1.108 1.098
Japanese Yen per Dollar 105.27 123.94
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.316 1.295
Mexican Peso per Dollar 18.893 16.291


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 41.14 48.79
Gold 1341.20 1093.30

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 0.69 0.56
10-year treasury 1.50 1.43
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.25 2.09

Treasury Yield Curve – 07/29/2016

As of close of business 07/28/2016

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 07/29/2016

As of close of business 07/28/2016

Economic Calendar

August 1  —  ISM Manufacturing Index (July)
August 2  —  Personal Income and Spending (June)
Unit Auto Sales (July)
August 3  —  ADP Payroll Estimate (July)
ISM Non-Manufacturing Index (July)
August 4  —  BOE Policy Decision
Jobless Claims (week ending July 30)
August 5  —  Employment Report (July)
Trade Balance (June)

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Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business July 28, 2016.

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