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Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of July 16th, 2013

Weekly Market Snapshot

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

Scott J. Brown Ph.D., Chief Economist Raymond James Investment ServicesFed Chairman Bernanke said nothing new, but the markets interpreted his comments as “dovish.” In Q&A following a speech on the history of the Fed, Bernanke said that given the high level of joblessness and low inflation, “you can only conclude that a highly accommodative monetary policy is needed.”

He also conceded that “there is some prospective gradual change in the mix of instruments, but that shouldn’t be confused with the overall thrust of policy, which is highly accommodative.” That’s consistent with the Fed beginning to lower the rate of asset purchases later this year and maintaining low short-term interest rates for a long time (well into 2015).

The June 18th-19th FOMC minutes showed that “many members indicated that further improvement in the outlook for the labor market would be required before it would be appropriate to slow the pace of asset purchases.” However, “several members judged that a reduction in asset purchases would likely soon be warranted.”

In the Fed’s detailed Summary of Economic Projections (forecasts were released with the June 19th policy statement, “about half” of senior Fed officials “indicated that it likely would be appropriate to end asset purchases later this year” (that is, to end the program, not just slow the rate of purchases). However, “many other” Fed officials “anticipated that it would likely be appropriate to continue purchases into 2014.”

Next week, the mid-month economic reports have some potential to move the markets (if we see any surprises). However, everything will hinge on Bernanke’s monetary policy testimony, or rather, on the market’s interpretation of what the Fed chairman has to say. Bernanke is not expected to say anything new.

We already have the June FOMC minutes, the Fed’s economic projections, and Bernanke’s own words. A reduction in the pace of the Fed’s asset purchases is likely by the end of the year, but tapering is not tightening. A Fed rate increase is still a long way off.


  Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 15460.92 14988.55 17.99%
NASDAQ 3578.30 3443.67 18.51%
S&P 500 1675.02 1615.41 17.45%
MSCI EAFE 1713.35 1645.23 6.82%
Russell 2000 1033.18 991.13 21.64%

Consumer Money Rates

  Last 1-year ago
Prime Rate 3.25 3.25
Fed Funds 0.10 0.18
30-year mortgage 4.51 3.56


  Last 1-year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.510 1.553
Dollars per Euro 1.302 1.225
Japanese Yen per Dollar 99.130 79.640
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.039 1.019
Mexican Peso per Dollar 12.870 13.331


  Last 1-year ago
Crude Oil 104.91 85.81
Gold 1281.43 1579.73

Bond Rates

  Last 1-month ago
2-year treasury 0.33 0.28
10-year treasury 2.55 2.15
10-year municipal (TEY) 4.63 3.57

Treasury Yield Curve – 07/12/2013

Treasury Yield Curve – 07/12/2013

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 07/12/2013

S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 07/12/2013

Economic Calendar

July 15th


Retail Sales (June)
July 16th


Consumer Price Index (June)
Industrial Production (June)
Homebuilder Sentiment (July)
July 17th


Building Permits, Housing Starts (June)
Bernanke Monetary Policy Testimony (House)
Fed Beige Book
July 18th


Jobless Claims (week ending July 13th)
Bernanke Monetary Policy Testimony (Senate)
Philadelphia Fed Index (July)
Leading Economic Indicators (June)
July 31st


Real GDP (advance 2Q13 + comprehensive revisions)
FOMC Policy Decision (no press briefing)
August 2nd


Employment Report (July)

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 July 11th, 2013.

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

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