Friday, July 16, 2021
Retail sales came in solidly above expectations
- Retail sales for June increased 0.6% month over month, ahead of Bloomberg’s consensus forecast for a 0.3% decline and following a 1.7% decline in May.
- Excluding autos and gasoline, sales rose an even stronger 1.1%, above expectations for a 0.5% increase.
- Increases were broad based with monthly increases in 9 of 13 categories.
- Sales growth was strong in department stores, clothing, and restaurants, consistent with the reopening, while electronics sales rebounded solidly after May weakness.
- In addition to the reopening, excess consumer savings, positive wealth effects, and an improving job market should support solid consumer spending increases in the second half.
US markets up slightly in early trading after finishing mostly lower on Thursday
- Today market participants will digest more earnings results, retail sales data for June, and continue to assess inflation prospects and the Federal Reserve’s (Fed)
- European markets are marginally lower through midday trading as Eurozone preliminary Consumer Price Index (CPI) reading meet estimates.
- Asian equities finished their session mixed as Japan (Nikkei) ended its session lower.
- However, the small cap Russell 2000 Index has fallen 3.9% through last Thursday’s close and is nearing important support near 2100.
Checking In On Inflation
- This week brought a batch of new inflation data for investors to consider, including June reports for the CPI and the Producer Price Index (PPI) as well as Fed Chair Powell’s two-day testimony to Congress.
- We evaluate these new inputs as well as their implications for the inflation outlook in today’s LPL Research blog.
- Another mixed day for U.S. equities yesterday, however this time value outperformed growth by more than 50 basis points (0.5%).
- The S&P 500 Index has traded in just a 1.2% range this week and in early trading is tracking towards no change for the week.
- However, the Russell 2000 has fallen 3.9% through Thursday’s close and is nearing important support near 2100.
- We believe small caps will respond positively to support, however a break below 2100 for the Russell 2000 may signal the start of a broader pullback in equities.
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