Market Update: Wednesday, October 12, 2016


  • Equities flat following yesterday’s sharp drop. Stocks are treading water this morning after a stronger dollar, rising Treasury yields, and a weak start to earnings season led to a 1.2% drop for the S&P 500 yesterday. Healthcare was the worst performer, losing 2.5%, while telecom was the most resilient sector, slipping only 0.2%. Overnight, Asian markets were lower across the board, led down by the Nikkei (-1.1%); European equities are slightly lower following a flurry of production data, and the FTSE 100 is losing 0.3% as the pound (+1.1%) is staging a relief rally. Finally, the yield on the 10-year Treasury is continuing to move up (1.78%) and both WTI crude oil ($50/barrel) has slipped 1.5% and COMEX gold ($1,257/oz.) is near flat after losing ground on Tuesday.


  • Over the last month, the LPL Financial Current Conditions Index (CCI) rose four points to 216. The CCI has now rebounded well off of its January lows and remains in the range it has held for most of the current expansion. Retail sales and initial jobless claims made the largest positive contribution to CCI growth in September, while credit spreads and shipping traffic were the largest detractors. View the CCI.



  • JOLTS (Aug)
  • FOMC Minutes
  • George (Hawk)
  • China: Imports and Exports (Sep)


  • Singapore: GDP (Q3)
  • China: CPI (Sep)


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