Weekly Economic Update
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I’m comprised of solid ground, and yet I see water all around. What exactly am I?
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Each morning, I show up at your feet, yet at midday I nearly retreat. No matter how fast you move, I follow. What am I? ?
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February 24, 2014
MORE MILD INFLATION
Consumer prices ticked up 0.1% for January while wholesale prices rose 0.2%. Analysts polled by MarketWatch expected both the headline Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index to advance 0.1%. The bigger news item (perhaps) is that the Labor Department altered its calculation of producer prices for the first time in 36 years. The definitive PPI is now called the PPI Final Demand index, and it measures prices received for exports, services, federal government purchases and construction in addition to those of finished goods.1,2
POOR HOME SALES TO START THE YEAR
The annual pace of existing home sales hit an 18-month low in January; the National Association of Realtors announced 5.1% monthly and yearly declines in residential resales. The good news? Inventory continues to expand (+2.2% in January) and the median existing home price was $188,900 last month, up 10.7% from a year ago.3
OIL TOPS $102, GOLD ADVANCES FOR A THIRD WEEK
NYMEX crude for April delivery settled at $102.20 a barrel Friday, rising 1.9% for the week. Unrest in Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey and other emerging markets also influenced the 0.4% gain for COMEX gold futures last week – the precious metal settled Friday at $1,323.60 per ounce.4
NASDAQ ADDS TO YTD GAINS
The tech-heavy benchmark rose 0.46% during this past abbreviated trading week, wrapping up Friday at 4,263.41; in contrast, the Dow and S&P 500 each slipped a bit over four days. After a 0.32% weekly loss, the Dow stood at 16,103.30. The S&P settled Friday at 1,836.25, losing 0.13% on the week.5
THIS WEEK: Berkshire Hathaway, Hertz and Live Nation announce earnings Monday. Tuesday, the Conference Board publishes its February consumer confidence index, the December Case-Shiller and FHFA home price indices appear, and Big 5, Office Depot, CoreLogic, Metro PCS, Papa John’s, Toll Brothers, Macy’s, Home Depot, Alleghany, Molycorp, Dreamworks and Cracker Barrel all present earnings. Wednesday offers January new home sales numbers and earnings from Baidu, TJX, Starwood Hotels, JC Penney and U.S. Cellular. Thursday, Fed chair Janet Yellen reports to Congress and new initial claims figures and data on January hard goods orders arrive; quarterly results come from Salesforce, Wendy’s, Hilton, Monster, Sempra Energy, Main Street Capital and Republic Airways. Friday brings the month’s final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, NAR’s report on January pending home sales, and the second federal estimate of Q4 GDP.
Sources: USATODAY.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov - 2/21/146,7,8,9
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1 - marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [2/21/14]
2 - bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-18/producer-price-index-in-u-s-gets-first-overhaul-since-1978.html [2/18/14]
3 - 247wallst.com/housing/2014/02/21/january-sales-of-existing-homes-at-18-month-low/ [2/21/14]
4 - proactiveinvestors.com/companies/news/52249/gold-rises-05-oil-above-102-52249.html [2/21/14]
5 - fxstreet.com/news/forex-news/article.aspx?storyid=f0ae7598-7cbc-41c0-a5ff-1f741e2d583b [2/21/14]
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8 - treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [2/21/14]
9 - treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [2/21/14]
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