Key Dates/Data Releases
12/3: PMI Manufacturing Index, ISM Manufacturing Index
12/5: ISM Non-Manufacturing Index
12/6: International trade
12/7: Employment situation
|Market Week: December 3, 2018
The Markets (as of market close November 30, 2018)
Stocks rebounded last week, posting their best gains since February. The S&P 500 climbed 4.85% last week, a percentage jump not reached since the end of 2011. Overall, the large-cap indexes and the tech-heavy Nasdaq outperformed the small caps of the Russell 2000, which rebounded nicely, nevertheless. As has been the case for most of the year, foreign trade made headlines early last week as President Trump threatened to impose further sanctions on China in advance of the Group of 20 summit. However, more positive rhetoric from both the White House and China at the end of the week may have quelled worries of an all-out trade war, at least for the time being. Comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell last week implied that the Fed may be rethinking the timing of further interest rate hikes, although another quarter-of-a-point bump in December is still a strong possibility.
Oil prices stabilized following several weeks of losses, ending last week at about $50.72 per barrel by late Friday, up from the prior week's closing price of
$50.39 per barrel. The price of gold (COMEX) gained for the third week in a row, climbing to $1,227.80 by
Friday evening, up from the prior week's price of $1,223.40. The national
average retail regular gasoline price was $2.539 per gallon on November 26, 2018,
$0.072 lower than the prior week's price but $0.006 higher than a year ago.
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Last Week's Economic Headlines
- The second estimate of the third-quarter gross domestic product showed the economy expanded at an annual rate of 3.5% — the same rate as reported following the initial estimate last month. The GDP grew at an annualized rate of 4.2% in the second quarter. Compared to the initial estimate for the third quarter, this rendering indicated consumer spending, the main driver of the GDP, declined 0.4 percentage point to 3.6%, while state and local government spending also came in lower. On the other hand, business inventories expanded significantly, adding to the overall growth of the GDP. The trade deficit, a negative in the calculation of the GDP, averaged $74.6 billion in the third quarter.
- Personal income increased by 0.5% in October. Disposable (after-tax) income also grew by 0.5%. The increase in personal income primarily reflected increases in wages and salaries,
proprietors' income, and government social benefits payments. Consumer spending for goods and services rose by 0.6% in October. Within goods, spending for
prescription drugs was the leading contributor to the increase. Within services, the largest contributor
to the increase was spending for household electricity and gas. Consumer prices for goods and services increased 0.2% for the month. Core prices, excluding food and energy, inched up 0.1%. For the 12 months ended in October, consumer prices rose 2.0%. Core prices are up 1.8% over the same period — 0.2 percentage point below the Fed's target inflation rate.
- The first month of fiscal 2019 saw the international goods trade deficit reach $77.2 billion in October. The deficit was $76.3 billion in September. Exports were $140.5 billion, $0.8 billion less than September exports. Imports of goods for October were $217.8 billion, $0.2 billion more than September imports.
- The housing sector continues to stall as new home sales dipped 8.9% in October following a 1.0% drop in September. For the 12 months ended in October, new home sales are down 12.0%. The median sales price of new houses sold in October was $309,700 ($321,300 in September). The average sales price was $395,000 ($379,000 in September). The seasonally adjusted estimate of new houses for sale at the end of October was 336,000, representing a
supply of 7.4 months at the current sales rate.
- For the week ended November 24, the advance figure for
seasonally adjusted initial claims for unemployment insurance was 234,000, an increase of 10,000 from the previous week's level. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured
unemployment claims remained at 1.2% for the week ended November 17. The advance number of those receiving
unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended November 17 was
1,710,000, an increase of 50,000 from the prior week's level, which was revised down by 8,000.
Eye on the Week Ahead
Investors are hoping a favorable employment report this week will favorably influence the stock market.
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