This Week’s Market Snapshot With Loeffler Wealth Management

The May retail sales data remained consistent with moderately strong growth in consumer spending in the near term. Industrial production was boosted by a rebound on the output of utilities and a pickup in auto output in May, but manufacturing ex-autos was flat. The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment Index slipped in mid-June, reflecting concerns about tariffs and slower job growth, but remained relatively high by historical standards.

Ex-food and energy, the Consumer Price Index rose less than expected in May. The report on producer prices showed limited pipeline inflation pressures, but the figures do not fully reflect tariffs. Downward pressure from a softer global economy may be partly offsetting the tariff impact.

Next week, the focus will be on the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. While there is some chance that we could see a rate cut, it’s probably too soon for the Fed to move (a July 31 cut is much more likely). Expect the FOMC to remove the word “patient” from the policy statement, to promise to monitor the situation “closely,” and to “act as appropriate” to sustain the economic expansion. Fed officials will revise their projections of growth, unemployment, and inflation, and we’ll get a refreshed dot plot (senior Fed officials’ expectations of the appropriate year-end target for the federal funds rate). Over the last several months, the stock market has been hypersensitive to minor changes in the Fed policy outlook. Fed Chair Powell will have to work hard to clarify expectations.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 26106.77 25720.66 11.91%
NASDAQ 7837.13 7615.56 18.11%
S&P 500 2891.64 2843.49 15.35%
MSCI EAFE 1879.37 1854.18 9.27%
Russell 2000 1535.80 1503.54 13.88%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 5.50 4.75
Fed Funds 2.36 1.89
30-year mortgage 3.92 4.68


  Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.267 1.326
Dollars per Euro 1.128 1.157
Japanese Yen per Dollar 108.38 110.63
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.333 1.311
Mexican Peso per Dollar 19.195 20.880


  Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 52.28 66.89
Gold 1343.70 1308.30

Bond Rates

  Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 1.80 2.17
10-year treasury 2.06 2.37
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.54 2.66

Treasury Yield Curve – 06/14/2019

As of close of business 06/13/2019

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 06/14/2019

As of close of business 06/13/2019

Economic Calendar

June 17  — Homebuilder Sentiment (June)
June 18  — Building Permit, Housing Starts (May)
June 19  — FOMC Policy Decision
 — Revised Fed Forecasts
 — Powell Press Conference
June 20  — Jobless Claims (week ending June 15)
 — Leading Economic Indicators (May)
June 21  — Existing Home Sales (May)
June 25  — CB Consumer Confidence (June)
June 26  — Durable Goods Orders (May)
July 4  — Independence Day Holiday (markets closed)
July 5  — Employment Report (June)
July 31  — FOMC Policy Decision
September 18  — FOMC Policy Decision

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Market Commentary by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist

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