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Economic Update 11-23-2020

  • Economic data for the week included increases in retail sales, industrial production, and several housing metrics; a pair of regional manufacturing indexes decelerated but remained solidly in expansion.
  • World equity markets moved in different directions last week, with U.S. stocks declining and foreign stocks rising. Bonds fared well, as interest rates globally declined. Commodities also gained along with higher crude oil and industrial metals prices.
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Economic Update 9-28-2020

  • Economic data for the week included a rise in durable goods orders and strong housing results, while jobless claims remained elevated.
  • Global equity markets lost ground globally by several percent, as economic concerns continued to fester in the wake of the pandemic. Bonds were mixed, with treasuries gaining a bit, while credit pulled back. Commodities lost ground across the board along with a stronger dollar and a less clear demand/supply picture.
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Economic Update 11-18-2019

  • Economic data for the week included slightly higher-than-expected consumer and producer price inflation, positive retail sales and regional manufacturing data, while import prices declined.
  • U.S. equity markets ended the week as the best performers, with a positive showing, and outperformed mixed results in foreign equities. Bonds gained ground as interest rates fell back from recent peaks. Commodities were mixed with higher oil prices, but weaker showings from industrial metals and natural gas.
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Economic Update 3-11-2019

  • Economic data for the week, with a delayed schedule still affected by the government shutdown, showed positive results for ISM non-manufacturing/services and housing, coupled with a lackluster February employment report, which looked to have strongly negative winter weather effects.
  • Equity markets declined by several percent globally, due to concerns over world growth, with a stronger U.S. dollar punishing local returns a bit more for foreign stock markets. In fixed income, safe haven U.S. government bonds gained ground, while high yield struggled. Commodities were little changed, in keeping with a rare calm week for crude oil prices.