Market Update: Fri, Nov 15, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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Seasonal uptrend. It’s beginning to look a lot like a Santa Claus rally as the S&P 500 Index pushes toward its ninth record high in three weeks. The S&P 500 hasn’t posted two consecutive declines for 27 trading days, the longest streak since January 2012. The benchmark also just broke a 24-day streak of being above–but not touching on an intraday basis–its 10-day moving average, which was its longest streak since March 1998. Stocks have crept higher in an unusually calm fashion, with the S&P 500 trading in a range smaller than 1% in 24 straight trading sessions. Continue reading

Market Update: Thurs, Nov 14, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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Another record high. U.S. stocks are lower this morning, taking a step back after the S&P 500 Index’s seventh record high in three weeks. The benchmark eked out another record high on November 13, defying headlines suggesting the United States and China hit a snag in discussions of a limited trade agreement. Continue reading

Market Update: Wed, Nov 13, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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More negative headlines. U.S. stocks are lower this morning after President Donald Trump said on November 12 that the United States would consider raising tariffs on China if a limited trade agreement isn’t reached. The statement weighed on the S&P 500 Index, which pared as much as 0.5% in intraday gains during Trump’s speech yesterday. Continue reading

Market Update: Fri, Nov 8, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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Recession Watch Dashboard updated. We’ve updated our Recession Watch Dashboard for third quarter and posted it to the House of Charts. Based on your feedback, we’re committing to update and post the Dashboard by the third Wednesday of the month following quarter-end. Thank you for the feedback. Continue reading

Productivity Growth Fades

Economic Blog
November 7, 2019

Stalled business spending is having ripple effects on U.S. company efficiency.

Nonfarm productivity (output per worker) unexpectedly slid 0.3% in the third quarter, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report released November 6. As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, that was productivity’s first quarterly decline since the fourth quarter of 2015.

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Market Update: Thurs, Nov 7, 2019 | LPL Financial Research

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Stocks rise. U.S. stocks are higher this morning on news that the United States and China have both agreed to roll back tariffs if a limited trade agreement is reached. Today’s headlines are the latest in a string of optimistic trade developments between the two nations, and all signs point to the United States and China signing a “phase one” trade deal before the end of the year. Continue reading

Steady Services Activity

Economic Blog
November 6, 2019

The U.S. services sector has steadily expanded this year, even as trade fears drag down manufacturing.

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) non-manufacturing (services) Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) climbed to 54.7 in October, its 117th straight month in expansionary territory (above 50). As shown in the LPL Chart of the Day, in recent months ISM’s manufacturing and services PMIs have diverged the most since 2015.

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