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Weekly Market Snapshot

  • 02.14.20
  • Economy & Policy
  • Commentary

Chief Economist Scott Brown discusses the latest market data.

The spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 appeared to be slowing, but adjustments in the criteria for recognizing cases changed, boosting the reported number of infections. The change increased anxiety and uncertainty about the economic impact.

Fed Chair Powell covered little new ground in his monetary policy testimony. He cautioned that the general low level of interest rates means that there is less scope for monetary policy stimulus during a downturn. Fiscal policy stimulus (tax cuts, increased government spending) would likely be needed, Powell said, but we are not currently on a sustainable budget path.

Retail sales rose 0.3% in the initial estimate for January (down 19.4% before seasonal adjustment), as expected. Industrial production fell 0.3%, partly reflecting a 10.7% drop in aircraft and parts. Factory output was mixed, but lackluster otherwise. The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in January (+2.5% y/y), up 0.2% ex-food & energy (+2.3% y/y).

Next week, the economic calendar is relatively light. Producer price data and residential construction figures are subject to seasonal noise in January (so take the figures with a grain of salt). The Conference Board’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators is expected to have risen about 0.5% in January, breaking a modest five-month downtrend. FOMC minutes are unlikely to shed any light on future monetary policy decisions, but we may see some differences of opinion among senior Fed officials.


Indices

  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 29423.31 29379.77 3.10%
NASDAQ 9711.97 9572.16 8.24%
S&P 500 3373.94 3345.78 4.43%
MSCI EAFE 2033.74 2037.82 -0.16%
Russell 2000 1693.74 1677.46 1.51%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 4.75 5.50
Fed Funds 1.75 2.40
30-year mortgage 3.50 4.46

Currencies

  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.305 1.280
Dollars per Euro 1.084 1.130
Japanese Yen per Dollar 109.82 110.48
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.327 1.330
Mexican Peso per Dollar 18.599 19.257

Commodities

  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 51.42 54.41
Gold 1578.80 1313.90

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.43 1.56
10-year treasury 1.60 1.82
10-year municipal (TEY) 1.88 2.02

Treasury Yield Curve – 02/14/2020

 

Treasury Yield Curve 

As of close of business 02/13/2019

 

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 02/14/2020


S&P Sector Performance 

As of close of business 02/13/2020


Economic Calendar

February 17  —  Presidents Day Holiday (markets closed)
February 18  —  Homebuilder Sentiment (February)
February 19  —  Producer Price Index (January)
 —  Building Permits, Housing Starts (January)
 —  FOMC Minutes (January 28-29)
February 20  —  Jobless Claims (week ending February 15)
 —  Leading Economic Indicators (January)
February 21  —  Existing Home Sales (January)
February 25  —  CB Consumer Confidence Index (February)
February 27  —  Real GDP (4Q19, 2nd estimate)
 —  Durable Goods Orders (January)
March 2  —  ISM Manufacturing Index (February)
March 6  —  Employment Report (February)
March 18  —  FOMC Policy Decision
April 29  —  FOMC Policy Decision

 

All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the Research Department of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. and are subject to change. There is no assurance any of the forecasts mentioned will occur or that any trends mentioned will continue in the future. Investing involves risks including the possible loss of capital. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. International investing is subject to additional risks such as currency fluctuations, different financial accounting standards by country, and possible political and economic risks, which may be greater in emerging markets. While interest on municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax, it may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax, and state or local taxes. In addition, certain municipal bonds (such as Build America Bonds) are issued without a federal tax exemption, which subjects the related interest income to federal income tax. Municipal bonds may be subject to capital gains taxes if sold or redeemed at a profit. Taxable Equivalent Yield (TEY) assumes a 35% tax rate.

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