Market Update: Wednesday, August 29, 2018


Daily Insights

  • GDP revision reinforces solid second-quarter growth. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised up to 4.2% today (from 4.1%), despite consensus expectations for a downward revision to 4.0%. The contribution to output from business spending was 0.15% higher than the original print, while the contribution from net exports was 0.11% higher. Overall, we remain encouraged by robust economic growth, and we still expect up to 3.0% GDP growth in 2018 as the pace of expansion moderates in the second half of the year.*

  • Cooling in the housing market… Housing prices, represented by the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-City Composite, rose 0.1% in June, the smallest monthly increase since 2016 and below consensus estimates for a 0.2% gain. Real estate prices climbed 6.3% year over year through June, down from a 6.5% gain the month prior. While home prices remain elevated, other housing-related indicators have weakened. Data earlier this month showed existing home sales fell for the fourth straight month in July, while new home sales fell to the lowest point in nine months. Housing starts, or the number of new housing units that have started construction, grew 0.9% last month after a 12.9% plunge in June. While the housing recovery has been inconsistent, real-estate activity may reflect homebuyers’ concerns around interest rates and future economic health.

  • …but U.S. consumer confidence is growing. Outside of the housing market, the U.S. consumer is becoming more confident. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index rose to its highest point of the expansion in July versus consensus expectations for a slight decrease, showing that consumers expect better business and labor-market conditions to boost their spending in the next six months.

  • Outstanding earnings season. With just a small handful of companies left to report, S&P 500 Index earnings are up ~25% year over year, or 18-19% without the boost from corporate tax cuts. At noon eastern today on the LPL Research Blog, we highlight our key takeaways from second-quarter earnings season and our S&P 500 profit forecast for the rest of the year.


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  • Personal Income (Jul)
  • Personal Spending (Jul)
  • Germany: CPI (Aug)
  • Eurozone: Consumer Confidence (Aug)
  • Japan: Jobless Rate (Jul)
  • Japan: Tokyo CPI (Aug)
  • Japan: Industrial Production (Jul)
  • China: Mfg. & Non-Mfg. PMI (Aug)




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