Presented by Mark Gallagher
General market news
• The 10-year Treasury yield continued its upward trajectory last week and opened early this Monday morning at 1.81 percent—a considerable increase from where it stood a little over two weeks ago, at 1.53 percent. Last week’s move higher is likely a response to the futures market predicting a 67-percent chance of a December interest rate increase.
• The S&P 500 Index posted a loss of 0.95 percent last week. Earnings season started off on a weak note, with both Alcoa (AA) and Illumina (ILMN) falling short of expectations. The utilities sector was the best performer on the week, as growth worries in China and the poor U.S. earnings reports favored higher-yielding stocks. The Nasdaq Composite Index also moved lower, losing 1.48 percent for the week.
• Last week’s economic reports were mostly positive. The Producer Price Index posted a headline increase of 0.3 percent for September. Retail sales increased by 0.6 percent at the headline level, backed by strong monthly auto sales numbers, and other industries also fared well, as evidenced by a 0.3-percent increase outside of autos and gas. The news was not all positive, though: the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index declined in its preliminary October reading. Finally, the minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting showed that the case for a rate hike was still strengthening, but a majority of Fed members continue to look for improvement in inflation.
|MSCI Emerging Markets||–1.93%||–0.66%||15.52%||8.50%|
|Fixed Income Index||Month-to-Date||Year-to-Date||12-Month|
|U.S. Broad Market||–0.67%||5.08%||4.04%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
The focus this week will be on September consumer inflation, with the release of the Consumer Price Index.
We will also see data on Industrial Production, which is expected to have rebounded slightly in September.
The week will end with housing data and releases of Housing Starts and Existing Home Sales.
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Mark Gallagher is a financial advisor located at Gallagher Financial Services at 2586 East 7th Ave. Suite #304, North Saint Paul, MN 55109. He offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 651-774-8759 or at email@example.com.
Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network.
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