Weekly Economic Update August 17, 2015

September 25, 2015 Weekly Economic Updates


“The family is the country of the heart.”

     – Giuseppe Mazzini


Marrying soon? Just married? If you are good with money and your spouse is not, your ability to pay the bills from a joint checking or savings account may one day be impeded. Think about maintaining a separate savings or checking account for yourself; that may even help your credit rating.


It grows down, yet it also grows up. What is it?

Last week’s riddle:

There is a 7-letter word that starts with BR and ends in G, and if you put an E in it, you get an 8-letter word that sounds the same yet has a different meaning. Name these two words.

Last week’s answer:

Braking and breaking.



Retail sales rose 0.6% last month according to Commerce Department data, topping the 0.5% gain projected in a Briefing.com poll of economists. This was great news after the flat June reading (which was initially recorded as an 0.3% decline).1


Falling 0.2 points to a mark of 92.9, the initial August University of Michigan consumer sentiment index nearly matched the 92.8 reading projected by economists surveyed by MarketWatch. Although this was the index’s second-lowest reading of 2015, it was still 10.4 points above where it was a year earlier.2,3



The Labor Department reported a 0.2% gain for the Producer Price Index last month, following the 0.4% advance in June. The core PPI also rose 0.2% in July. Annualized wholesale inflation was still at -0.8% through July thanks to falling energy prices. U.S. automakers boosted production 10.6% in July, leading to the 0.6% rise in overall industrial output reported by the Federal Reserve.3



China devalued its currency for three straight days last week, but U.S. equities withstood that surprise. The S&P 500 advanced 0.68% for the week to 2,091.54, the Nasdaq 0.09% to 5,048.24 and the Dow 0.61% to 17,477.40. The devalued yuan certainly helped gold – the yellow metal had its best week in almost a month, rising 1.7% on the COMEX to a Friday close of $1,112.70. Light sweet crude, on the other hand, declined another 3.1% to a Friday NYMEX settlement of $42.50.3,4,5


THIS WEEK: Monday, Q2 results arrive from Estee Lauder and Urban Outfitters. Tuesday, July housing starts and building permits reports accompany earnings from Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, La-Z-Boy, TJX, and Walmart. Minutes from the July FOMC policy meeting appear Wednesday, along with July’s CPI, and earnings from American Eagle Outfitters, Hormel, L Brands, Lowe’s, NetApp, Popeye’s, Staples, and Target. Thursday brings NAR’s report on July existing home sales, new initial jobless claims numbers, the Conference Board’s July LEI, and earnings from America’s Car-Mart, Fresh Market, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, Kirkland’s, Perry Ellis, Regis Corp., Ross Stores, Salesforce, Stein Mart, Stage Stores, Intuit, Sears Holdings, and Toro. Friday offers Q2 results from Deere and Foot Locker.


DJIA -1.94 +4.57 +13.93 +6.43
NASDAQ +6.59 +13.37 +26.45 +13.30
S&P 500 +1.59 +6.97 +18.76 +6.95
10 YR TIPS 0.58% 0.19% 0.95% 1.92%


Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 8/14/155,6,7,8
Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly. These returns do not include dividends. 10-year TIPS real yield = projected return at maturity given expected inflation.


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1 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2015/08/10-14 [8/14/15]
2 – marketwatch.com/story/consumer-sentiment-edged-lower-in-august-reports-say-2015-08-14 [8/14/15]
3 – thestreet.com/story/13256747/1/stocks-close-week-with-gains-despite-signs-of-fed-hike.html [8/14/15]
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