China tariffs, Hurricane Florence: Wealth Economic Update Sept. 14, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • After trade discussions broke down three weeks ago, the Trump administration has invited Chinese officials for another round of negotiations. President Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday that “We are under no pressure to make a deal with China, they are under pressure to make a deal with us”. Meanwhile, an editorial in the China Daily read “The Trump administration should not be mistaken that China will surrender to the U.S demands.” This new round of trade negotiations comes before additional tariffs of 10-25% on $200 billion of Chinese imports are being prepared by the United States. China is expected to retaliate in a similar fashion to these tariffs.
  • hurricane-480386290_370Hurricane Florence, a Category 1 hurricane, made landfall this morning on the North Carolina coast bringing sustained winds of 90 miles per hour and a life-threatening storm surge. The slow moving storm is expected hang over the Carolinas this weekend and drop catastrophic amounts of rain causing a lot of flooding. The power was knocked out in nearly 500,000 homes and hundreds were rescued this morning as the storm made landfall.


Markets

  • Stocks rebounded this week. The S&P 500 rose 1.21% and closed at 2,905. The Dow Jones rose by 0.94% and closed at 26,155. Year to date, the S&P is up 10.09% and the Dow Jones is up 7.50%.
  • Yields rose higher again this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.90% and 3.00%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil increased by 1.83% this week to close at $68.99 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 14.77%.
  • The spot price of Gold dropped 0.33% this week, and closed at $1,192.99 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 8.43%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 1,000 to 204,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 208,000. Claims rose by 5,000 in California and 2,000 in Michigan. This is the lowest level of jobless claims since 1969.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.22% in August versus expectations for a 0.3% increase.
    • Core CPI ex-food and energy rose 0.08% in August versus expectations of a 0.2% increase. The soft reading was led by the apparel category. The year-over-year rate declined to 2.2%.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 0.6% in July versus expectations for a 0.7% increase.
  • The producer price index (PPI) declined by 0.1% versus expectations for a 0.2% increase.
    • Core PPI ex-food and energy rose 0.1% versus an increase of 0.2% expected.
  • Retail sales rose by 0.1% in August versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. The weaker sales growth was a result of lower auto sales.
    • Core retail sales rose 0.1% in August versus an increase of 0.4% expected.
  • Import prices fell 0.6% in August versus expectations for a 0.2% decline
  • Industrial production rose by 0.4% in August versus expectations of a 0.3% increase.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment September preliminary reading came in at 100.8 versus expectations of 96.6.


Fact of the Week

  • In a “private letter ruling” issued on August 20th, the IRS approved the use of a program to help aid employees that have student debt. The program would allow employees that make student loan payments to still receive an employer contribution in their 401(k) as if the loan payment was a pre-tax 401(k) contribution. (Source: IRS)

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NAFTA, Japan Typhoon: Wealth Economic Update Sept. 10, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • The United States and Canada met to further negotiate a new NAFTA deal once again this week after talks broke down last Friday. President Trump threatened to entirely terminate NAFTA if Congress interferes with these negotiations. While the President certainly has the power to do this given a six month notice, the decision would present many legal challenges. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau is also taking a tough stance through negotiations stating that “No NAFTA is better than a bad NAFTA deal for Canadians and that’s what we are going to stay with”.
  • osaka_japan-481541250_370bOn Wednesday, Western Japan was hit with the most powerful typhoon that the country has seen in 25 years. Typhoon Jebi hit the city of Osaka with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour killing 11 people, injuring 470, and leaving over a million homes without power. Kansai Airport, a major airport for the tourist cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe still remains closed after vicious waves sent a large tanker into a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland. It is not yet known when the damaged and flooded airport will be reopened, raising concerns about the impact on tourism and the economy. On Thursday, Northern Japan was hit with a strong earthquake, closing another major airport. 22 were killed, 38 were missing, and roughly 3 million homes were without power after the earthquake.


Markets

  • Stocks fell this week. The S&P 500 dropped by 0.98% and closed at 2,872 The Dow Jones dropped by 0.14% and closed at 25,917. Year to date, the S&P is up 8.79% and the Dow Jones is up 6.51%.
  • Yields rose higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.82% and 2.94%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil decreased by 2.85% this week to close at $67.81 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 12.81%.
  • The spot price of Gold dropped 0.35% this week, and closed at $1,196.93 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 8.13%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 10,000 to 203,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 210,000. Claims fell by 3,000 in Michigan and 2,000 in Texas, but rose 2,000 in Indiana. This is the lowest level of jobless claims since 1969.
  • Private-sector employment rose by 163,000 in August versus expectations of a 200,000 gain. Job growth in the private sector was held back by education and health, leisure and hospitality, and construction.
  • The ISM manufacturing index increased to 61.3 in August from 58.1 in July versus expectations for a reading of 57.6. This is the highest level since May of 2004.
  • The ISM non-manufacturing index rose 2.8 points to 58.5 versus expectations of a 56.8 reading. The ISM reports indicate a higher pace of growth.
  • The trade deficit rose to $50.1 billion in July versus expectations of -$50.2 billion.
  • Nonfarm payrolls increased 201,000 in August month-over-month versus expectations of a 190,000 increase. The previous two months were revised lower by a net 50,000.
    • The unemployment rate remained at 3.9% versus expectations of a tick down to 3.8%.
    • Average hourly earnings rose by 0.4% in August versus expectations of a 0.2% increase. The year-over-year rate increased by 0.2% to 2.9%.


Fact of the Week

  • Amazon has gained nearly $400 billion in market cap this year, on its way to becoming the second trillion dollar company, behind Apple. The $400 billion Amazon has gained year to date is nearly equal to the market caps of Walmart, Costco, and Target combined.

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Mexico/NAFTA, Brexit: Wealth Economic Update Aug. 31, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • nafta-970297784_370The United States and Mexico have struck a preliminary deal on Monday to replace NAFTA. The deal would remain in force for 16 years, with an evaluation every six years, and is expected to strengthen manufacturing in the United States. The deal includes an obligation by auto manufacturers to manufacture at least 75% of an automobile’s value in the United States, an increase from 62.5%. Also included, was a stipulation that 40-45% of auto components be manufactured by employees earning at least $16 an hour. Negotiations are still ongoing between the United States and Canada after a deal was expected by today, however, the two sides are having trouble coming together on Canada’s dairy market, among other things.
  • The United Kingdom and the European Union have extended the deadline from October 18th to the middle of November for wrapping up Brexit terms, signaling to the market that negotiations have been tough. Britain’s exit from the European Union is set for March 29th, and the longer that negotiations continue, the greater the chance that no deal will be made.


Markets

  • Stocks ended the week higher once again. The S&P 500 rose by 0.98% and closed at 2,901. The Dow Jones increased by 0.79% and closed at 25,963. Year to date, the S&P is up 9.85% and the Dow Jones is up 6.66%.
  • Yields rose higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.74% and 2.86%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil continued its sharp rebound this week, gaining 1.73% and closing at $69.91 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 16.30%.
  • The spot price of Gold lost 0.50% this week, and closed at $1,199.33 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 7.94%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 213,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 212,000. Claims rose by 2,000 in Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania, and fell by 2,000 in California. The pace of layoffs remains very low.
  • Personal income rose by 0.3% in July month-over-month versus expectations of a 0.4% increase.
  • Personal spending increased by 0.4% month-over-month in July, in-line with expectations.
  • The core PCE price index ex-food and energy increased 0.16% month-over-month in July and the year-over-year pace rose 0.06% to 1.98%. These figures were in-line with expectations.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 0.7% in July versus expectations of a 0.2% increase.
  • The Conference Board index of consumer confidence increased to 133.4 versus expectations of 126.6. This is the highest level since the year 2000.
  • Second-quarter Real GDP growth was revised up by 0.1% to 4.2% versus expectations of a -0.1% revision to 4.0%.
  • Pending home sales fell by 0.7% in July, below expectations of a 0.3% increase. Sales declined in the South and the West, but increased in the Northeast and the Midwest.


Fact of the Week

  • In a study of five of the largest U.S. Cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, Washington D.C, and Dallas), it was found that it is cheaper for the average American to take Uber for every trip than it is to own a car. Of the 5 cities, only in Dallas was it cheaper to own a car than to take an Uber. (Source: Kleiner Perkins)

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China tariffs, Manafort, Cohen, Hurricane Lane: Wealth Economic Update Aug. 24, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • The amount of tariffs imposed by both the United States and China have now totaled a combined $100 billion each on a variety of products after the planned $16 billion round of United States tariffs kicked in on Chinese products this week and were immediately answered with reciprocity by China. U.S-China trade talks ended on Thursday after making no progress and China stating that they will continue to hit back at the United States as more U.S tariffs are imposed.
  • gavel-827092426_370On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight financial related crimes. Five of the crimes were for tax fraud, two for bank fraud, and one for failing to disclose a foreign bank account. As a result, Paul Manafort faces years in prison. President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty on eight counts of crimes similar to Manaforts and also admitted to paying off an adult film actress and a former Playboy model so that they would not spread the story of their alleged affairs with Trump.
  • Hurricane Lane, a Category 2 slow moving storm, has already dumped over 30 inches of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island as it makes its way north towards Maui and turns west towards Oahu. Police warned all tourists to leave Waikiki Beach and so far, about 1,500 people are in emergency shelters. Hawaii was last hit by a major storm in 1992.


Markets

  • • Stocks rose again this week, reaching record levels last seen in January. The S&P 500 rose by 0.88% and closed at 2,875, an ALL TIME HIGH. The Dow Jones increased by 0.51% and closed at 25,790. Year to date, the S&P is up 8.80% and the Dow Jones is up 5.84%.
  • Yields declined this week and the curve flattened further. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.72% and 2.81%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rebounded this week, gaining 5.21% and closing at $68.61 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 14.14%.
  • The spot price of Gold gained 1.83% this week, and closed at $1,205.89 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 7.44%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 210,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 214,000. Claims rose by 3,000 in California and fell by 2,000 in Michigan. The pace of layoffs remains very low.
  • Existing home sales fell 0.7% month-over-month in July to a seasonally adjusted annualized figure of 5.34 million units against expectations of a 0.4% increase. Sales were the weakest in the Northeast region.
  • Sales of new single-family homes fell 1.7% in July to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 627,000 units versus consensus expectations of 645,000. The previous three months were revised lower by a net 13,000. July sales fell sharpest in the Northeast region.


Fact of the Week

  • This week marked the longest bull market in history, after the market bottomed on March 9th, 2009. Or did it? The S&P 500 saw drawdowns in 2011 and 2015 in which over 60% of stocks were down at least 20%, with the 2011 instance seeing only a -19.4% in the headline index, not meeting the somewhat arbitrary -20% threshold. Meanwhile, Small Cap stocks as measured by the Russell 2000 experienced declines of -30.7% and -27.1% in 2011 and 2015 respectively. So is this really the longest bull market in history? (Source: Strategas)

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China tariffs, Turkey, Quarterly reports: Wealth Economic Update Aug. 20, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • Trade tensions with China have eased this week after China stated that they will send a delegation to the United States in late August to resume trade negotiations that have recently fell apart. Since trade negotiations ended a couple of months ago, billions of dollars in tariffs were imposed by the two sides and China’s stock market experienced dramatic losses. This announcement follows a complaint filed by China to the World Trade Organization earlier this week, stating that U.S tariffs on solar products are interfering in the global photovoltaic market and hurting its major solar manufacturers.
  • turkey_coin-843425198_370Crushing hopes of a potential rate hike and restrictive monetary policy action by Turkey to reverse the decline of the Turkish lira, President Erdogan said that he will not raise rates. Erdogan claimed that the lira’s decline was a result of foreign affairs and has nothing to do with Turkey’s economy. Turkey has imposed retaliatory tariffs on a variety of U.S. goods including tariffs on passenger cars that will rise by 120%.
  • President Trump said on Friday that he has asked the SEC to look into reducing the number of times public companies must report earnings from quarterly to semi-annually. Trump cited business leaders who say it could promote economic growth and longer term investment horizons as investors would be less focused on short term, and more volatile, quarterly results. A move to twice a year reporting would also bring the U.S. in line with European public companies and would reverse the quarterly mandate that the SEC has imposed since 1970.


Markets

  • Stocks rose this week on hopes that trade tensions between the U.S. and China are easing. The S&P 500 rose by 0.66% and closed at 2,850. The Dow Jones climbed by 1.48% and closed at 25,669. Year to date, the S&P is up 7.91% and the Dow Jones is up 5.36%.
  • Yields moved marginally lower this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.74% and 2.86%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil continued its slide this week, losing 2.57% and closing at $65.89 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 9.62%.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 2.18% this week, and closed at $1,184.17 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 9.11%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 212,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved up by 1,000 to 216,000. Claims did not rise or fall by more than 1,000 in any single state. The pace of layoffs remains very low.
  • Housing starts rose by 0.9% in July to 1,168k versus consensus expectations for a 7.4% increase to 1,260k.
  • Building permits rose by 1.5% month-over-month to an annualized rate of 1,311k in July which was in line with expectations.
  • Retail sales increased by 0.5% month-over-month in July versus expectations of a 0.1% increase. The increase was driven by gas station sales and auto sales.
    • Retail sales ex-autos rose 0.6% versus expectations of a 0.3% increase. The increase was driven by clothing and accessory stores and department stores.
  • Industrial production rose by 0.1% in July versus expectations of a 0.3% increase.


Fact of the Week

  • The weekly initial jobless claims figure came in at 212,000 this week. The last time jobless claims were this low was 1970, when total employment was 70 million people, compared to 148 million today. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor)

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Iran, California wildfires, Turkey tariffs: Wealth Economic Update Aug. 10, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • The first round of sanctions on Iran by the United States has taken effect which includes a restriction on sales of the U.S Dollar to Iran’s government, trade restrictions on precious metals and industrial metals, and a ban on the purchase of Iranian sovereign debt. These new measures are expected to lead to higher prices on almost everything for Iranians. On November 5th, more severe sanctions will take effect if Iran fails to comply with U.S orders. These measures will entail an obstruction of Iran’s oil exports and tough sanctions on shipping.
  • wildfires-157384116California’s largest-ever wildfire has grown to the size of Los Angeles as dry weather, high winds, and location have made it very difficult to contain. President Trump has declared a “major disaster” in California, ordering federal funding to assist in containing the fire. The fire that currently spans over 470 square miles has burned through 283,800 acres is not expected to be fully contained by firefighters until September.
  • President Trump announced that the United States will double the tariff rate on steel and aluminum imported from Turkey, sending the Turkish lira down 20% against the U.S Dollar. This sparked a global market selloff as Turkey is in debt to many different banks. President Erdogan told Turks to sell all U.S Dollars that they own in an attempt to stabilize the plummeting Turkish currency.


Markets

  • Stocks pared their gains at the end of this week closing lower. The S&P 500 fell by 0.18% and closed at 2,833. The Dow Jones declined by 0.44% and closed at 25,313. Year to date, the S&P is up 7.16% and the Dow Jones is up 3.79%.
  • Yields were volatile this week, but also ended the week lower as investors piled into bonds. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.75% and 2.87%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil continued its slide this week, losing 1.11% and closing at $67.73 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 14.66%.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 0.27% this week, and closed at $1,211.67 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 6.99%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 213,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 1,000 to 214,000. Jobless claims rose by 3,000 in California and fell by 4,000 in Kentucky. The pace of layoffs remains very low.
  • The producer price index (PPI) was flat in July versus expectations of a 0.2% increase reflecting lower food and energy prices as well as lower retail margins.
    • The producer price index ex-food and energy rose 0.1% in July versus expectations for a 0.2% increase.
  • Wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in June versus expectations of no change.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.17% month-over-month in July and the year-over-year rate rose 0.1% to 2.4%, the fastest pace in six months. Consensus expectations were for 0.2% month-over-month and 2.3% year-over-year.
    • Core CPI rose 0.24% month-over-month and 2.35% year-over-year versus expectations of 0.2% and 2.3% respectively.


Fact of the Week

  • The number of US homeowners grew 1.8 million in the 12 months ending 6/30/18. That is double the 0.9 million total homeowners added in the decade ending 6/30/17. (Source: Census Bureau)

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China tariffs, California wildfires: Wealth Economic Update Aug. 3, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • china-961870818The United States has proposed an increase on the tariff rate to 25% from 10% on the $200 billion of Chinese goods after the two countries made no progress with trade negotiations this week. The White House stated that the tariffs are a response to China’s unfair trade policies. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer stated “The increase in the possible tariff rate is intended to provide the administration with additional options to encourage China to change its harmful policies and behavior and adopt policies that will lead to fairer markets and prosperity for all of our citizens”. This morning, China threatened to impose additional tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. products that would range between 5% and 25% and would hit 5,027 products if the United States proceeded with its proposal.
  • More than 38,000 people are under evacuation orders about 160 miles north of Sacramento near a city named Redding where a wildfire has already burned through 90,000 acres. The state of California has already spent a quarter of its $442.8 million annual emergency fund on fighting fires and is one month into its fiscal year and the costs are expected to rise further. The largest fire is near the city of Redding and currently is about 40% contained after destroying 1,060 homes. The National Weather Service issued warnings for critical fire weather conditions on Friday and Saturday that will bring wind gusts up to 35 mph.


Markets

  • Stocks rose higher this week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.80% and closed at 2,840. The Dow Jones rose by 0.05% and closed at 25,463. Year to date, the S&P is up 7.35% and the Dow Jones is up 4.24%.
  • Yields ended the week slightly lower than last week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.81% and 2.95%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil was relatively unchanged this week, losing 0.15% and closing at $68.59 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 14.11%.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 0.85% this week, and closed at $1,213.76 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 6.83%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 1,000 to 218,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 4,000 to 215,000. Jobless claims rose by 3,000 in Michigan. The pace of layoffs remains very low.
  • Pending home sales rose by 0.9% in June exceeding expectations of a 0.1% increase. Pending home sales were led by the Northeast and South regions.
  • The core PCE index (excluding food and energy) increased 0.11% month-over-month in June and the year-over-year pace fell to 1.90%, below expectations.
  • Personal income rose by 0.4% month-over-month in June, in line with expectations.
  • The Conference Board index of consumer confidence increased to 127.4 in July from a revised 127.1 in June.
  • Private sector employment rose 129k in July against expectations for a 186k gain. June was also revised up by 4k.
  • Nonfarm payrolls rose 157k in July versus consensus expectations of a 193k increase. This is the slowest pace since March. Employment growth over the prior two month was revised higher by 59k.
    • The unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in line with expectations
    • Average hourly earnings came in at 0.3% in July in line with expectations


Fact of the Week

  • Apple became the first company to reach $1 trillion in market capitalization this week. The equation for market capitalization is (number of shares outstanding X price per share).
    • Florida (GDP) = $1 trillion
    • Small cap (S&P 600 index) = $892 billion
    • Turkey (GDP) = $851 billion
    • Netherlands (GDP) = $826 billion

(Source: Statista)

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EU tariffs, Iran, Greek fire: Wealth Economic Update July 30, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • soybeans-802349002_370The United States and the European Union have agreed to work towards “zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers and zero subsidies for the non-auto industrial goods.” Additionally, the European Union will import more soybeans and liquefied natural gas from the United States. Earlier in June, a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminum imported from the European Union was put in place by the United States, and soon after, the European Union imposed retaliatory tariffs on the United States. The planned 20% tariff on cars imported from Europe was put on hold this week as the two sides work towards zero tariffs.
  • Tensions with Iran continue to rise as Iran struggles with sanctions imposed by the United States. The United States will sanction any country that purchases Persian crude oil. Iran has threatened to halt all oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz if the United States continues to pressure its oil exports. The Strait of Hormuz is an area where 30% of all seaborne-traded crude oil is carried and blocking it could send oil prices up near $90 per barrel.
  • In a city just northeast of Athens, Greece, a fire broke out that has killed at least 82 people and is said to be the worst in decades for the country. Public Order Minister Nikos Toskas stated “We have serious indications and significant findings of criminal activity concerning arson.” Satellite image analysis indicated that the fire broke out in multiple places within a short time frame. The fire tore through seaside resorts and vacation residences in an area popular for tourism.


Markets

  • Stocks rose higher this week. The S&P 500 increased by 0.61% and closed at 2,819. The Dow Jones rose 1.57% and closed at 25,451. Year to date, the S&P is up 6.51% and the Dow Jones is up 4.20%.
  • Yields also spiked this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.84% and 2.96%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose this week amidst higher tensions in the Mideast, gaining 1.07% and closing at $68.99 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 14.77%.
  • The spot price of Gold decreased 0.51% this week, closing at $1,223.24 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 6.11%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 9,000 to 217,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 3,000 to 218,000. Jobless claims rose by 4,000 in Kentucky, and 3,000 in Michigan.
  • Durable goods orders increased by 1.0% in June versus consensus expectations of a 3.0% increase, reflecting a decline in defense orders.
    • Durable goods ex-transports rose 0.4% in June versus expectations of a 0.5% increase.
  • Wholesale inventories were flat in June versus expectations of a 0.3% increase.
  • Existing home sales fell 0.6% month-over-month in June to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.38 million units. Expectations were for a 0.2% increase.
  • Sales of new single-family homes fell 5.3% in June to a seasonally adjusted rate of 631k units, below expectations of 668k units. The decline was led by the Midwest region.
  • Real GDP rose by 4.1% in the second quarter, the fastest pace since 2014. Consensus expectations were for 4.2%. The strong quarter was led by stronger-than-expected growth in consumption and business investment.
    • Q1 GDP was revised up by 0.2% to 2.2%
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment increased by 0.8 points to 97.9 in July against expectations of a flat reading.


Fact of the Week

  • In a recently conducted British survey, 42% of respondents admit that they are not sure whether you can put an electric car through a car wash. (Source: Go Ultra Low)

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China tariffs, Gasoline: Wealth Economic Update July 23, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • Trade talks with China have stalled after the United States imposed $34 billion worth of tariffs on the country earlier this month. An additional $16 billion is being targeted after the initial $34 billion was met with reciprocity by China almost immediately. President Trump stated in an interview with CNBC this morning that he is ready to go to $500 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods if needed. Chinese stocks are down almost 30% since peaking in January amidst the ongoing trade tensions. The European Union is considering retaliatory tariffs on United States coal, pharmaceuticals, and chemical products if restrictions are imposed on European cars. President Trump stated this week that a trade deal with Mexico is currently being negotiated and that a separate one would be crafted with Canada following that.
  • gasoline-504794324The price of WTI Crude oil fell back below $70/barrel this week after Saudi Arabia has begun supplying at least two Asian countries with additional cargoes. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is attempting to lower gas prices before the November elections and is considering using its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The state of Texas is on its way to becoming the world’s number 3 oil producer behind Russia and Saudi Arabia as the cost of drilling has declined dramatically. Approximately 5.6 million barrels per day is expected to be produced from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford oilfields alone by 2019.


Markets

  • Stocks finished the week slightly higher. The S&P 500 increased by 0.40% and closed at 2,802. The Dow Jones rose 0.20% and closed at 25,058. Year to date, the S&P is up 5.87% and the Dow Jones is up 2.59%.
  • Yields rose higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.77% and 2.90%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil fell this week once again, losing 0.77% and closing at $70.46 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 17.22%.
  • The spot price of Gold decreased 1.07% this week, closing at $1,230.97 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 5.51%.


Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 207,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 221,000. Jobless claims fell by 2,000 in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, and Tennessee and fell by 4,000 in New York.
  • The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index rose by 5.8 points in July to 25.7 exceeding consensus estimates of 21.5.
  • Housing starts fell by 12.3% in June to 1,173k versus expectations of a 2.2% decline. The June weakness was led by the mult-family category declining by 19.8% during the month.
  • Building permits fell by 2.2% to an annualized rate of 1,273k in June versus expectations of a 2.2% increase.
  • Industrial production rose by 0.6% in June versus consensus expectations of a 0.5 increase. The increase was led by motor vehicle output.
  • Retail Sales increased by 0.5% month-over-month in June meeting expectations. The increase was led by gas stations and auto dealerships.
    • Core Retail Sales ex-autos came in a 0.2% in June versus expectations of a 0.4% increase. Clothing and departing store figures came in lighter than expected.


Fact of the Week

  • On 7/01/18, the price of a barrel of oil was $74.15 while the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.85. On 7/01/17 (1 year ago), the price of a barrel of oil was $46.04 while the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.24 (source: NYMEX, AAA).

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