Market Update: Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Yesterday’s Market Activity

  • U.S. gains continued amid void of fresh drivers; S&P 500 Index (+0.3%) posted its second record close this week. Dow +0.3%, Nasdaq +0.3%.
  • Volume near average on NYSE with advancers outpacing decliners 1.7:1.
  • Financials sector’s run continued along with rising rates; though rates dragged on real estate, utilities stocks.
  • Treasury yields up again as prices fell across the curve; 10-year note +4 basis points (0.04%) to 2.17%.
  • Commodities – WTI crude oil (+0.4%) to $48.28/bbl.; COMEX gold little changed near $1336/oz.; industrial metals lower, copper down ~2%.

Overnight & This Morning

  • Asian markets mixed overnight; some strength from Nikkei (+0.5%), but modest weakness elsewhere.
  • Major European indexes little changed mid-day, STOXX Europe 600 -0.1%.
  • Oil (+1.0%) is pushing higher to $48.70/bbl. after International Energy Agency optimistic on 2017 demand; Energy Information Agency oil inventory data due out later today.
  • Industrial metals sharply underperforming precious; copper -1.8%, gold +0.1%.
  • U.S. stocks open near flat as market pauses its nearly 3% rally off of August 18 low, with the Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting a week from today and a pick-up in news flow around tax reform in focus.


Macro Notes

  • The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report for July, released on Tuesday, was largely unchanged from the previous month, but did show job openings at an all-time high, and the hirings-to-openings ratio trending lower, indicating increasing competition for qualified workers. A strong labor market has not yet created meaningful wage pressure, but the potential for a pick-up in wage pressure and its impact on inflation is something the Fed will continue to monitor closely.
  • Producer inflation came in weaker than expected, rising 0.2% in August versus expectations of +0.3%, after falling 0.1% in July. The Producer Price Index emphasizes wholesale prices and includes unfinished projects and reflects price changes sellers experience. The Consumer Price Index for August will be released tomorrow morning.
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  • MBA Mortgage Applications (Sept 8)
  • PPI (Aug)
  • Monthly Budget Statement (Aug)
  • Germany: CPI (Aug)
  • UK: Jobless Claims (Aug)
  • UK: Unemployment Rate (July)
  • Eurozone: Industrial Production (July)
  • Eurozone: Employment (Q2)
  • Sweden: GDP (Q2)
  • Japan: Bloomberg Japan Economic Survey (Sept)
  • China: Retail Sales (Aug)
  • China: Industrial Production (Aug)


  • France: CPI (Aug)
  • UK: Retail Sales (Aug)
  • Bank of England: Bank Rate
  • Bank of England: Asset Purchase Target (Sept)
  • Eurozone: Weidmann
  • BOJ: Outright Bond Purchase
  • Japan: Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization (July)
  • China: Foreign Direct Investment (Aug)


  • Empire State Manufacturing Index (Sept)
  • Retail Sales (Aug)
  • Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization (Aug)
  • of Mich. Sentiment (Sept)
  • Business Inventories (July)
  • Eurozone: Trade Balance (July)
  • Eurozone: Labor Costs (Q2)
  • ECB: Nuoy
  • Bank of Russia: Key Rate


  • China: New Loan Growth and Money Supply (Aug)

Important Disclosures

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The economic forecasts set forth in the presentation may not develop as predicted.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide or be construed as providing specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual security. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly.

Stock investing involves risk including loss of principal.

Investing in foreign and emerging markets securities involves special additional risks. These risks include, but are not limited to, currency risk, political risk, and risk associated with varying accounting standards. Investing in emerging markets may accentuate these risks.

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are subject to interest rate risk and opportunity risk. If interest rates rise, the value of your bond on the secondary market will likely fall. In periods of no or low inflation, other investments, including other Treasury bonds, may perform better.

Bank loans are loans issued by below investment-grade companies for short-term funding purposes with higher yield than short-term debt and involve risk.

Because of its narrow focus, sector investing will be subject to greater volatility than investing more broadly across many sectors and companies.

Commodity-linked investments may be more volatile and less liquid than the underlying instruments or measures, and their value may be affected by the performance of the overall commodities baskets as well as weather, disease, and regulatory developments.

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