Weekly Economic Update for December 29, 2014

January 5, 2015 Weekly Economic Updates


“It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.”

– Homer


The start of the year is a nice time to calculate your net worth. Compile a list of the assets you own and their value; then subtract liabilities (your debts) to figure it out. You may be surprised to learn how wealthy you are.


It can be measured even though it lacks length, width or height. What is it?

Last week’s riddle:
All about but unseen, can be captured but can’t be held, has no throat but can be heard. What is it?

Last week’s answer:
The wind.



Looking at two vital indicators, it becomes hard to draw any other conclusion. In its final estimate, the Commerce Department put Q3 growth at 5.0% – the best quarterly GDP since Q3 2003, following a 4.6% expansion in Q2. Consumer spending was up 3.2% in the third quarter, business investment up 8.9%. Speaking of personal spending, the latest Commerce Department figure on that was also impressive – a November gain of 0.6%, complemented by a gain of 0.4% in personal income. Growth and household spending may not be quite as notable in December or Q4, but the recovery is definitely in full swing.1,2



Existing home sales fell for only the second time in eight months in November, and the decline was sharp: the National Association of Realtors announced a 6.1% slip. New home purchases fell 1.6% last month according to the Census Bureau, marking their first down month since July.3



At 93.6, the University of Michigan’s last consumer sentiment index reading of 2014 was a tiny bit below expectations. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast the final December index to come in at 93.8, unchanged from a month earlier.2



It cleared 18,000 during an abbreviated market week, settling Friday at 18,053.71 thanks to a 1.55% gain across 3½ trading days. Weekly advances also came for the Nasdaq (1.23% to 4,806.86) and S&P 500 (0.88% to 2,088.77). By Friday afternoon, oil prices had sunk under $55 in after-hours trading on the NYMEX; crude lost 3.51% on the week. Gold rallied Friday to trim its 5-day loss to 0.23%; on the COMEX, the yellow metal was at $1,194.40 at week’s end.4


THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled on Monday. Tuesday, the Conference Board’s final consumer confidence index of 2014 arrives along with the October edition of the Case-Shiller home price index. On Wednesday, investors will parse the latest initial claims figures and the November pending home sales report from the NAR; U.S. bond markets should close at 2:00pm EST, but the NYSE and NASDAQ will each have a full trading day. Wall Street closes Thursday for New Year’s Day, along with most foreign financial markets; China, however, will present its December factory PMI. Friday sees the release of ISM’s December manufacturing PMI and two key foreign PMIs tracking the Chinese service sector and eurozone manufacturing.


DJIA +8.91 +9.55 +14.32 +6.76
NASDAQ +15.09 +15.35 +22.06 +12.31
S&P 500 +13.01 +13.40 +17.08 +7.34
10 YR TIPS 0.58% 0.80% 1.50% 1.62%

Sources: online.wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 12/26/145,6,7,8

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 – tinyurl.com/mg2sl49 [12/23/14]
2 – marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [12/23/14]
3 – investing.com/economic-calendar/ [12/23/14]
4 – markets.on.nytimes.com/research/markets/usmarkets/usmarkets.asp [12/26/14]
5 – markets.wsj.com/us [12/26/14]
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6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=12%2F26%2F13&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
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6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=12%2F24%2F09&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=12%2F24%2F09&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=12%2F27%2F04&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=12%2F27%2F04&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=12%2F27%2F04&x=0&y=0 [12/26/14]
7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [12/26/14]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [12/26/14]