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The Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen

Market Commentary by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist

Scott J. Brown Ph.D., Chief Economist Raymond James Investment Services
Scott J. Brown Ph.D., Chief Economist Raymond James Investment Services

The economic calendar was thin. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Non-Manufacturing Index fell more than expected in June, consistent with a moderation in the pace of the recovery – still positive, just somewhat slower – but the stock market took the news in stride. The U.S. Department of the Treasury refrained from declaring China a currency manipulator, but indicated that China’s official currency, the renminbi, remains undervalued and promised to closely monitor its appreciation.

The stock market rallied in the new quarter, partly because it wasn’t battered by a further string of disappointing economic news and partly because a lot of disappointing economic news is already baked into the cake.

Next week, there are several potentially market-moving data releases, but most of the weight will likely be placed on the reports concerning retail sales (Wednesday) and the Consumer Price Index (Friday). Retail sales in June are expected to be limited by a drop in unit vehicle sales and by lower gasoline prices. The CPI is likely to be about flat in June, reflecting lower gasoline prices – the year-over-year pace should drop to about 1.3% (from 2.0%) as higher energy prices roll off the back end of the 12-month calculation.

After conducting more than 40 regional meetings on small business lending, the Federal Reserve will hold a conference to sum things up on Monday. Chairman Ben Bernanke will deliver opening comments. The lack of expansion in small business credit – which appears to be as much a function of demand as supply – is a key concern for the Fed. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting minutes on Wednesday will garner more attention than usual, as senior Fed officials revised their projections of growth, unemployment and inflation at the June meeting (most likely, officials revised lower their forecasts of near-term gross domestic product [GDP] growth and saw risks to the outlook as tilted more to the downside).

Indices

  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 10138.99 9732.53 -2.77%
NASDAQ 2175.4 2101.36 -4.13%
S&P 500 1070.25 1027.37 -4.02%
MSCI EAFE 1410.4 1337.85 -10.78%
Russell 2000 620.27 604.76 -0.82%


Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1-year ago
Prime Rate 3.25 3.25
Fed Funds 0.25 0.25
30-year mortgage 4.62 5.33


Currencies

  Last 1-year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.512 1.600
Dollars per Euro 1.265 1.385
Japanese Yen per Dollar 88.400 92.290
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.045 1.171
Mexican Peso per Dollar 12.819 13.530


Commodities

  Last 1-year ago
Crude Oil 75.44 60.14
Gold 1194.43 907.03

Bond Rates

  Last 1-month ago
2-year treasury 0.63 0.74
10-year treasury 3.04 3.25
10-year municipal (TEY) 4.54 4.65


Treasury Yield Curve – 7/9/2010


S&P Sector Performance Charts – 7/9/2010


Economic Calendar

July 12  —  Bernanke Speaks (“credit to small business”)
July 15  —  Jobless Claims (week ending July 10)
Producer Price Index (June)
Empire State Manufacturing Index (July)
Industrial Production (June)
Fed Nomination Hearing (Yellen, Diamond, Raskin)
Philly Fed Index (July)
Mid-July (TBD)  —  Bernanke Monetary Policy Testimony
July 22  —  Existing Home Sales (June)
FOMC Minutes (June 22-23)
July 30  —  Real GDP (2Q10, advance estimate)
August 6  —  Employment Report (July)
August 10  —  FOMC Meeting

Important Disclosures

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There are special risks involved with global investing related to market and currency fluctuations, economic and political instability, and different financial accounting standards. The above material has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that it is accurate or complete. There is no assurance that any trends mentioned will continue in the future. While interest on municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax, it may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax, state or local taxes. In addition, certain municipal bonds (such as Build America Bonds) are issued without a federal tax exemption, which subjects the related interest income to federal income tax. Investing involves risk and investors may incur a profit or a loss.

US government bonds and treasury bills are guaranteed by the US government and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and guaranteed principal value. US government bonds are issued and guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest by the federal government. Treasury bills are certificates reflecting short-term (less than one year) obligations of the US government.

Commodities trading is generally considered speculative because of the significant potential for investment loss. Markets for commodities are likely to be volatile and there may be sharp price fluctuations even during periods when prices overall are rising. Specific sector investing can be subject to different and greater risks than more diversified investments.

Tax Equiv Muni yields (TEY) assume a 35% tax rate on triple-A rated, tax-exempt insured revenue bonds.

Material prepared by Raymond James for use by its financial advisors.

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business June 10th, 2010.

©2010 Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA / SIPC.

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