Presented by Mark Gallagher
General market news
• The 10-year Treasury yield was quite volatile following the release of Friday’s weak employment report. After moving as low as 1.53 percent and as high as 1.63 percent, it opened early Monday morning around 1.60 percent. It seems likely that the jobs report will take a September rate hike off the table.
• The S&P 500 Index rose slightly last week, gaining 0.56 percent, after the jobs report miss eased near-term rate hike fears. The financial sector led gains while health care and energy were the top detractors, as drug pricing pressure and high oil inventories remain in the news. The Nasdaq Composite Index also moved a bit higher, posting a gain of 0.62 percent.
• Last week’s economic news was mixed. Personal consumption expenditures were up 0.1 percent month-over-month, but the rest of the week’s data was soft or negative. Jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 263,000, the ISM Manufacturing Index declined to 49.4, and unemployment remained at 4.9 percent. The Department of Labor’s employment report showed that nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 in August, versus expectations of 180,000. Wages also fell short of expectations; hourly earnings rose only 0.1 percent from the previous month and 2.4 percent from August of last year.
|MSCI Emerging Markets||–1.00%||–0.17%||14.58%||15.13%|
|Fixed Income Index||Month-to-Date||Year-to-Date||12-Month|
|U.S. Broad Market||–0.15%||5.70%||5.46%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
This holiday-shortened week will be light in important economic news.
After last week’s disappointing manufacturing data, we expect the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index to show that the rest of the economy is holding up fairly well.
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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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