Growth Report for Monday, January 27, 2014

Last month saw a 1.0% gain in existing home sales, a nice change for this key economic indicator after a few subpar months. Analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires anticipated sales improving 0.6%. The National Association of Realtors did revise November’s sales decline to 5.9% (it had been 4.3%).1,2

The Conference Board’s index of leading indicators – intended to assess economic prospects for the next 3-6 months – ticked up 0.1% for December. Additionally, the CB revised the November gain of the index from 0.8% to 1.0%.1

Futures advanced for a fifth straight week, settling Friday at $1,264.30 an ounce on the COMEX after rising 1.0% in 5 days, helped by a wave of disappointing economic news from overseas. The precious metal hasn’t had such a long winning streak since September 2012.3

Weak manufacturing data from China and an exit from emerging market currencies triggered a 2-day global selloff at the end of last week. The Argentine peso dropped 15% in 5 days, and the Russian ruble, South African rand and Brazil real also slumped. As a result, the DJIA had its poorest week in more than 2 years (-3.52%). The Nasdaq lost 1.65% for the week while the S&P 500 fell 2.63%. At the close Friday, here was where the big three stood: S&P, 1,790.29; DJIA, 15,879.11; NASDAQ, 4,128.17.4,5

THIS WEEK: Monday brings Q4 results from Apple and Caterpillar and the Census Bureau’s report on December new home sales. On Tuesday, investors will consider the Conference Board’s January consumer confidence index, the November Case-Shiller home price index, December durable goods orders and earnings from Amgen, Ford Motor Co., Yahoo, Comcast, AT&T, Siemens and Pfizer. The earnings parade continues Wednesday with quarterly results from Dow Chemical, Novartis, Qualcomm, Boeing and Biogen – and the Federal Reserve makes a policy announcement. Thursday, NAR reports December pending home sales, the first federal estimate of Q4 growth appears, and earnings arrive from Amazon, Google, Banco Santander, Ericsson, LVMH, Royal Dutch Shell, H&M, Exxon Mobil, Visa, UPS and 3M. Friday, the Commerce Department issues its December personal spending report, the University of Michigan’s final January consumer sentiment index appears, and earnings arrive from Chevron, MasterCard and BBVA.

DJIA -4.21 +14.86 +19.32 +5.03
NASDAQ -1.16 +31.87 +35.89 +9.44
S&P 500 -3.14 +19.77 +23.04 +5.68
10 YR TIPS 0.61% -0.62% 1.93% 1.82%

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Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly.
These returns do not include dividends.


“Don’t let the past steal your present.”

– Cherrie L. Moraga


If you receive an inheritance, make sure your spouse understands your expectations for the money. Do you consider those assets yours to manage, or do you consider them joint assets?


You can make it and read about it today, and many classes are taught in it, but it is not part of the future. What is it?

Last week’s riddle:
Dave is at the hardware store to buy something for his house. Yesterday, he bought 1 for $1. The week before he bought 10 for $2 and his friend bought 100 for $3. Today he bought 907 for $3. If the prices haven’t changed, how is this possible?

Last week’s answer:
Dave and his friend have been buying house numbers. 907 is $3 because it costs $1 per numeral.


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