China negotiations, California blackouts: Wealth Economic Update October 11, 2019

U.S. and World News

  • china-1053768454_370Ahead of scheduled trade negotiations today with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, the Trump administration has added 28 Chinese entities to an export blacklist as a consequence of Beijing’s repression of Muslim minorities. The Trump administration stated that this move is completely unrelated to trade negotiations and it will prevent the blacklisted companies from buying American components without government approval. China quickly responded by saying it would take countermeasures, “urging the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistake.” and announced a plan to restrict visas for U.S. nationals with ties to anti-China groups. The Chinese delegation arrived in Washington yesterday where negotiations began and President Trump announced that talks went “very well”. After the meeting at the White House, President Trump told the press that the U.S. and China have “come to a substantial phase 1 deal”. In exchange for the cancelation of the United States planned increase in tariffs on Chinese goods on October 15th, China has agreed to increase purchases of U.S. agriculture goods from $8 billion to $40-$50 billion and has agreed to be more transparent with regard to their currency.
  • California’s largest utility company PG&E took preventative measures and cut power to 700,000 households ahead of a string of days with 40 mile per hour winds that have sparked wildfires in the past. Late last night, a wildfire started in the San Fernando Valley area, just north of Los Angeles that is responsible for two deaths, covers 823 acres and is 10% contained. Approximately 100,000 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes and over 25 homes have been damaged so far. Water dropping helicopters worked to help extinguish the fire throughout the night and were accompanied by planes early this morning. Investigators say that they know how the Sandalwood Fire started, but they continue to look for any possible criminal activity.


  • Markets are higher after a volatile week. The S&P 500 rose 0.66% and closed at 2,970. The Dow Jones rose 0.93% and closed at 26,817. Year-to-date, the S&P is up 20.30% and the Dow Jones is up 17.05%.
  • Yields rebounded sharply this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 1.55% and 1.73%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude rose after an Iranian tanker near Saudi Arabia was attacked. Prices rose 3.77% and closed at $54.80 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 20.68%.
  • The spot price of Gold fell by 1.09% and closed at $1,488.24 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 16.04%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 210,000 and the four-week moving average rose by 1,000 to 214,000. Claims fell by 4,000 in Michigan, 3,000 in California, and 2,000 in Ohio.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) remained unchanged versus expectations for a 0.1% increase and the year-over-year rate rose by 1.7% versus expectations for a 1.8% increase
  • Core CPI rose by 0.1% versus expectations for a 0.2% increase and the year-over-year rate rose by 2.4%, in-line with expectations
  • The producer price index (PPI) fell by 0.3% versus expectations for a 0.1% increase
  • Wholesale inventories rose by 0.2% versus expectations for a 0.4% increase
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose 2.8 points to 96.0 versus expectations for a reading of 92.0

Fact of the Week

  • At the beginning of the bull market that started on 3/10/09, the total market cap of all US stocks was $7.6 trillion. At the end of the third quarter (09/30/19) the total market cap of US stocks was $32.3 trillion. The S&P 500 makes up 80% of the total market cap of US stocks. (Source: Wilshire, BTN Research)

Please contact a member of the Wealth Management Department if you have any questions about this information.

Rich Gartelmann, CFP® – (630) 844-5730 –
Steve Meves, CFA® – (630) 801-2217 –
Brad Johnson, CFA®, CFP® – (630) 906-5545
Mike Cava, CFA®, CFP® – (630) 281-4522
Mike Demski – (630) 966-2430
Jacqueline Runnberg, CFP® – (630) 966-2462

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