Free Market News for the Week of June 7, 2010

Presented by Mark Lund, The Investor Coach.

Quote of the week. “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

Jobless rate ticks down 0.2%. The news didn’t impress Wall Street: while May’s unemployment rate fell to 9.7% and the economy added 431,000 jobs, 390,000 of them represented temporary U.S. Census Bureau hires. Still, the number was better than the 9.8% reading economists expected.1

ISM: continuing expansion in key sectors. For the tenth straight month, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index showed growth, though May’s 59.7 reading came under April’s 60.4 mark. The Institute’s non-manufacturing index read 55.4 again for May; it has shown the service sector expanding for the last five months.2,3

April sees rise in pending home sales. Spurred by the federal tax credit deadline, more buyers rushed to sign contracts. The National Association of Realtors reported its pending home sales index at 110.9 for April, a 6.0% gain from March and the highest reading since October.4

Factory orders up 1.2%. The April increase reported by the Commerce Department was actually below the 1.8% gain forecast in a Reuters poll of economists; March’s gain was revised up to 1.7%.5

Stocks fight for stability. The Dow closed below 10,000 Friday as Wall Street dissected the May jobless report and glimpsed new headlines about Hungary facing a potential debt crisis. It was a volatile week and ultimately a losing week, with the Dow ending at 9,931.22, the NASDAQ at 2,219.17 and the S&P 500 at 1,064.88.6

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Riddle of the week. Many people assume that a particular four-word phrase appears on every type of U.S. coin – but they are wrong. What four words do appear on every U.S. coin?

Contact my office or see next week’s Update for the answer.

Last week’s riddle: Yesterday was Wednesday’s tomorrow. Tomorrow is Sunday’s yesterday. Given those circumstances, what day would today be?

Last week’s riddle answer: Friday.

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