General market news
- Rates across the curve tested new highs last week. The yield on the 10-year Treasury was as high as 2.41 percent last Wednesday before falling to 2.32 percent early Monday; the 30-year yield touched 3.08 percent last Wednesday but opened lower at 2.97 percent this morning. The short end of the curve experienced some moves as well, with the 2-year yield as low as 1.04 percent last Tuesday, jumping to 1.16 percent on Friday, and opening Monday at 1.10 percent.
- There was no change in sentiment during the holiday week, as the risk-on rally extended its run. The S&P 500 was up 1.45 percent, hitting a new all-time high. The energy sector alone rose 2.2 percent in anticipation of a decision by OPEC to cut production. Telecom, materials, and consumer discretionary also performed well, the latter buoyed by better-than-expected holiday shopping forecasts. The worst-performing sectors were health care, technology, and real estate. The Nasdaq Composite Index also posted an all-time high after rising 1.46 percent on the week.
- The economic news last week was mostly positive. Existing home sales beat expectations, rising more than 2 percent for October due to strength in the single-family homes market. Durable goods orders climbed 4.8 percent, as the commercial aircraft segment had a strong October. On the other side of things, new home sales showed signs of weakness, with three of the four regions seeing declines. Lastly, the Fed meeting minutes continued to indicate a strong case for a rate hike.
|MSCI Emerging Markets
|Fixed Income Index
|U.S. Broad Market
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
Several important economic data points are expected this week, including the second estimate of third-quarter GDP.
October consumer and manufacturing data is expected to have been relatively positive in the releases of Personal Income and Outlays and the ISM Manufacturing index.
The main focus, however, will be the November Employment report.
Rich Tegge is a financial advisor located at Wealth Strategy Group 300 S. Front Street Ste C, Marquette MI 49855. He offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 906-228-3696 or at email@example.com.
Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network. © 2016 Commonwealth Financial Network ®
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