Free Market Update for the Week of June 21, 2010

Presented by Mark Lund, The Investor Coach.

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with,
but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
”– John Foster Dulles

Minor deflation takes pressure off the Fed.
The Consumer Price Index retreated 0.2% for May, following a 0.1% decline in April. Energy prices fell 2.9% last month, leading the CPI downward. (Core CPI did advance 0.1% in May.) Across the last 12 months, the CPI has risen 2.0%, with core CPI up 0.9% – the smallest annual gains since 1966. While May’s wholesale prices were 5.3% above levels of a year ago, the Labor Department said that PPI fell 0.3% on the month, which was less than the 0.5% reduction forecast by economists polled by Reuters. Translation: the Federal Reserve has no compulsion to raise interest rates.1,2

Will gold hit $1,300 this summer?
The precious metal got a little closer to that psychologically significant benchmark on Friday. Gold settled at a new record close – $1,258.30 an ounce. Since the end of 2009, gold prices have gained almost 15%.3

As tax credits expire, housing starts decelerate.
In real estate, the year-over-year numbers often tell the real story, rather than the “weather” indicated by the month-to-month statistics. So we should be encouraged by the fact that May’s housing starts were 7.8% above May 2009 levels. Still, they were down 10.0% from April to their lowest level in five months. The Commerce Department also reported 17.2% fewer permits for single-family home construction in May.4

Industrial output & leading indicators rise.
Factory production went north by 1.2% for May. The Conference Board’s leading indicators index gained 0.4% for May after a flat April. Across the last six months, the CB index has seen 3.9% growth.2,5

Stocks move back into positive territory.
The S&P 500 closed the week at 1,117.51, the DJIA at 10,450.64 and the NASDAQ at 2,309.80. All three marquee U.S. indices went back to being positive YTD last week.6

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