Market Roundup: Positive Week on a Variety of Economic Releases

The markets started the week relatively flat, but by Tuesday, stocks began to climb as blue-chip energy brands led the way up on a jump in crude oil prices. The Retail Sales report released showed sales exceeded expectations in October, with sales increasing by 0.8%, up from 0.6% in September, and beyond an expected 0.6% uptick. Indices closed with mixed moves on Wednesday, with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index ending in the red zone, while the NASDAQ added some points. Financial brands pared recent gains while technology stocks rebounded. In economic releases, the Energy Information Administration numbers showed an addition of 5.3 million barrels in the last week versus expectations of 1.5 million barrels, which resulted in a slip in West Texas Intermediate Crude prices. According to the latest report from the Federal Reserve, Industrial Production remained unchanged in October after decreasing 0.2% in September. Looking elsewhere, the U.S. Producer Price Index remained unchanged in October versus an expected increase of 0.3%. The markets closed with gains on Thursday thanks to a variety of economic news. Initial jobless claims decreased, with new claims falling by 19,000 to 235,000, marking a 43-year low. . Labor Department data showed the Consumer Price Index ticked up in October, as headline CPI climbed by 0.4% versus a forecast for a 0.3% gain. The core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.1%. Markets closed in the red zone on Friday with blue chips trading lower amid mixed earnings results.

Money Talks – November 12, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, is joined by Principal Jennifer J. Thomas, CFP® and Senior Associate Jarrett McKenzie, CFP®, CWS® to discuss the market’s reaction to the country’s historical presidential election. They also touch on earnings and International Trade. Jarrett and Jennifer delve into a case study of a couple who are taking more money than they need out of their retirement accounts because of required minimum distributions. The planners discuss ways to minimize the RMDs and how to reinvest the assets. The hosts round out the show with listeners’ questions on online retailer Etsy, anticipated spending in retirement and why it is important to keep track of cost basis information.

Market Roundup: Markets Respond to Trump Win

Stocks kicked off the week on a positive note ahead of the presidential election. Their climb continued on Tuesday ahead of election results. Crude oil prices slipped slightly after the Energy Information Administration boosted its forecasts for U.S. oil production. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 0.07% to settle at $45.44 a barrel. Stocks ramped up Wednesday in post-election momentum, as Donald Trump won the presidential election. Financial and health care brands led the way up. In other releases, Energy Information Administration figures showed domestic crude oil supplies rose by 2.4 million barrels in the week ended November 4. Indices closed with mixed moves on Thursday, as the Dow and S&P 500 added points while the NASDAQ ended in red territory. Financial stocks posted gains, while Technology brands led the NASDAQ lower. Looking elsewhere, initial jobless claims decreased last week. Department of Labor data showed new claims fell by 11,000 to 254,000. Indices closed out the week mixed on Friday. The Dow and NASDAQ stepped up while the S&P 500 shed some points. Energy brands led decliners while Technology stocks rebounded from Thursday’s downswing. In a preliminary measure, the University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment index ticked up to 91.6 in early November, from 87.2 in October.

Money Talks – November 5, 2016

This week on “Money Talks,” Bil Lako, CFP®, and Troy Harmon, CFA, CVA, are joined by Managing Associate, D.J. Barker, CWS®. The hosts discuss last week’s GDP and Consumer Sentiment releases, as well as this week’s economic data, including, Personal Income, ISM Manufacturing, Productivity & Costs and ISM Services index. They also discuss the various signs in the market that may or may not predict the next president elect. In this week’s case study, D.J. leads a discussion on investing with a fixed-income focus; how fixed income can provide peace of mind during the next administration and how the Ten Year Rule can help eliminate an emotional reaction to the market’s movements. The experts round out the show with listeners’ questions on preferred stocks, gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger & Co, health insurance options during an early retirement and retail food store Kroger Co.

Market Roundup: Rocky Week for the Market Ends with Red Results

The indices kicked off a week of negative results closing just slightly down on Monday, as Energy stocks led decliners in choppy trading. In economic news, a reading of the Chicago PMI fell to 50.6 from 54.2 in September, showing a decrease in business activity in the Midwestern region. Activity was expected to increase to a reading of 54.3. However, consumer spending ticked up in September, increasing by 0.5%, while income rose by 0.3%. Analysts expected income to rise by 0.4%. Stocks continued to trade lower on Tuesday on election uncertainty after the release of conflicting poll data. The Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index increased at a faster rate than expected, coming in at 51.9 for October, up from 51.5 in September. Analysts had expected a slightly lesser uptick to 51.7. Stocks continued to slip midweek on a variety of economic news. The Federal Reserve concluded its two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting, keeping the Federal Funds rate unchanged at 0.25% to 0.5% in an 8 to 2 decision. Stocks traded lower again on Thursday amid a dip in crude oil and other economic news. West Texas Intermediate crude continued to fall by 1.61% to settle at $44.61 a barrel. The results marked its fifth session decline and worst close in six weeks. Elsewhere, Department of Labor data showed new jobless claims increased by 7,000 to 265,000. Continuing claims, meanwhile, decreased by 14,000 to 2.026 million for the week ended October 22. U.S. factory orders climbed 0.3% in September up from 0.2% growth in August, beating analysts’ expectations of flat results for September. Indices closed the week firmly in red territory on Friday, as stocks dipped on the release of October employment numbers. Department of Labor data showed an addition of 161,000 jobs, which was slightly short of the 175,000 economists had forecast. However, August and September figures were upwardly revised by a combined 44,000. Additionally, the unemployment rate slipped to 4.9%, down from 5%.