Inflation is definitely receding
|The benchmark indexes listed here seemed to follow last week’s mixed economic news. While the Fed raised interest rates based on what it perceived as favorable labor and economic reports, inflation is definitely receding and the housing market has stalled. Equities were mixed as the small caps of the Russell 2000 and the tech stocks of the Nasdaq fell back, while the large caps of the S&P 500 and Dow posted marginal gains. Rising interest rates were offset by lower inflationary trends, which may account for the lack of movement in the 10-year Treasuries.
The price of crude oil (WTI) fell again last week, closing at $44.67 per barrel, down from the prior week’s closing price of $45.90 per barrel. The price of gold (COMEX) decreased last week, closing at $1,255.20 by late Friday afternoon, down from the prior week’s price of $1,268.80. The national average retail regular gasoline price decreased to $2.366 per gallon on June 12, 2017, $0.048 lower than the prior week’s price and $0.033 less than a year ago.
Chart reflects price changes, not total return. Because it does not include dividends or splits, it should not be used to benchmark performance of specific investments.
Last Week’s Headlines
Eye on the Week Ahead
This week focuses on the latest information from the housing sector. Both new home sales and sales of existing homes have fallen recently, so it will be interesting to see if sales picked up the pace in May.
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index composed of 30 widely traded blue-chip U.S. common stocks. The S&P 500 is a market-cap weighted index composed of the common stocks of 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a market-value weighted index of all common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The Russell 2000 is a market-cap weighted index composed of 2,000 U.S. small-cap common stocks. The Global Dow is an equally weighted index of 150 widely traded blue-chip common stocks worldwide. Market indices listed are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment.
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