Price of gas is on the rise
|Of the benchmark indexes listed here, only the Dow and the Global Dow posted gains last week. The remaining indexes closed the week modestly lower, despite a rise in energy stocks following Saudi Arabia’s promise to cut back oil production. Technology shares fell, which hampered both the Nasdaq and S&P 500. Quarterly earnings reports from large U.S. companies contributed to the Dow’s gains last week. While the Federal Reserve held interest rates at their current levels, it did reveal its intention to reduce its holdings of mortgage-backed securities and Treasuries relatively soon, which could push long-term interest rates higher.
The price of crude oil (WTI) closed at $49.79 per barrel, up from the prior week’s closing price of $45.60 per barrel. The price of gold (COMEX) closed last week at $1,275.60 by late Friday afternoon, $14.50 ahead of the prior week’s price of $1,261.10. The national average retail regular gasoline price rose to $2.312 per gallon on July 24, 2017, $0.034 higher than the previous week’s price and $0.130 higher than a year ago.
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Last Week’s Economic Headlines
Eye on the Week Ahead
Two important economic reports are out this week: personal income and outlays and the employment situation. The FOMC relies on the price index of the personal income and outlays report as an indicator of inflationary trends. On the employment front, June’s report was mixed – as new hires increased, while wage growth was marginal at best. July’s employment report is not expected to change much.
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