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Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of May 12th, 2013

Weekly Market Snapshot

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

Scott J. Brown Ph.D., Chief Economist Raymond James Investment ServicesThe economic calendar was thin. Jobless claims remained low, consistent with a low level of job destruction. However, the March JOLTS data (that’s the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) continued to show relatively low rates of hiring and quits. Fed Chairman Bernanke spoke in some detail about how the Fed is monitoring the financial system for vulnerabilities.

One concern is that accommodative monetary policies could lead to excessive risk-taking. Bernanke said the Fed is watching for that, but he did not say whether it is currently seeing it. China indicated that it would move to free up capital flows into and out of the country. That’s one step toward eventually become an important global currency (although there is a long way to go) and will likely lead to a strengthening of the currency in the near term. Treasury reported a large budget surplus for April, implying a smaller-than-expected deficit for FY13.

The positive sentiment in equities continued, with the DJIA pushing above 15,000. Bond yields moved higher on concerns that the Fed is considering when to begin tapering its asset purchases. Commodity prices fell. The dollar strengthened.

Next week, a number of the mid-month economic reports will serve as important hurdles for the financial markets. The biggest will be the retail sales report, which kicks off the week. Unit auto sales fell (relatively to March) and gasoline prices declined, which should put downward pressure on the headline sales figure. Core retail sales are expected to have been lackluster. Industrial production should be restrained in April by a drop in the output of utilities (following a cold-weather boost in March) – manufacturing output is expected to be mixed across industries but generally soft. Seasonal adjustment will amplify the impact of lower gasoline prices in the inflation reports. Core inflation is expected to remain mild.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 15082.62 14831.58 15.10%
NASDAQ 3409.17 3340.62 12.90%
S&P 500 1626.67 1597.59 14.06%
MSCI EAFE 1767.32 1737.37 10.18%
Russell 2000 966.26 939.85 13.76%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1-year ago
Prime Rate 3.25 3.25
Fed Funds 0.13 0.11
30-year mortgage 3.35 3.83


  Last 1-year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.550 1.613
Dollars per Euro 1.311 1.295
Japanese Yen per Dollar 99.350 79.670
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.002 1.002
Mexican Peso per Dollar 11.972 13.459


  Last 1-year ago
Crude Oil 96.39 96.81
Gold 1471.15 1590.34

Bond Rates

  Last 1-month ago
2-year treasury 0.23 0.23
10-year treasury 1.90 1.73
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.98 3.06

Treasury Yield Curve – 05/10/2013

Treasury Yield Curve – 05/10/2013

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 05/10/2013

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 05/10/2013

Economic Calendar

May 13th


Retail Sales (April)
Business Inventories (March)
May 14th


Small Business Optimism Index (April)
Import Prices (April)
May 15th


Producer Price Index (April)
Empire State Manufacturing Index (May)
Industrial Production (April)
Homebuilder Sentiment (May)
May 16th


Jobless Claims (week ending May 11th)
Consumer Price Index (April)
Residential Construction (April)
Philadelphia Fed Index (May)
May 17th


Consumer Sentiment (mid-May)
Leading Economic Indicators (April)
May 22nd


Existing Home Sales (April)
Bernanke JEC Testimony
FOMC Minutes (May 1st)
May 23rd


New Home Sales (April)
May 24th


Durable Goods Orders (April)
May 27th


Memorial Day Holiday – markets closed
June 7th


Employment Report (May)
June 19th


FOMC Policy Decision, Bernanke Press Briefing

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 May 2nd, 2013.

©2013 Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA / SIPC.

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