Financial News and Portfolio Management Discussion through September 1st

US stocks rose over the week reaching new record highs on positive trade developments.  The S&P 500 gained 0.9% and the Dow rose 0.7% for the week.  Internationally, Japan jumped 1.2%, while Europe eased 0.3% for the week.  The yield on the 10-year Treasury edged up slightly over the week ending at 2.85%. Article

The US and Mexico reached a trade deal in reworking NAFTA, however Canada was not included in the deal.

The S&P Case Shiller Home Price Index rose 6.2% in June over the trailing year down from the 6.4% annual growth rate in May.

US 2Q GDP was revised up to 4.2% from 4.1%.

Household spending rose 0.4% in July, while household income rose 0.3%.

The Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, the personal consumption expenditures price index, rose 0.1% in July from June.  From the prior year it is up 2.3% the largest increase since 2012 and above the Fed’s 2% target.

The US and Canada missed a Trump administration imposed deadline on reaching an agreement to a reworking of NAFTA, but agreed to continue talks. Article

US corporations posted a 16.1% gain in profits in the second quarter from the prior year, the largest gain in six years.




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