AAM Weekly Market Wrap – September 10, 2018

Weekly Market Wrap: Stocks fell last week as trade concerns offset positive economic data including continuing job growth and a 14 year high in manufacturing data.


For The Week

  • The S&P 500 lost 1.03% to 2,871.68
  • Oil dropped 2.94% to $67.75
  • Gold slipped 0.36% to $1,195.63
  • The US dollar rose 0.29% at $95.39 against other major world currencies.


2018 Year-To Date for the major indexes:


  • The S&P Index +7.41%
  • The Dow Jones Index +4.84%
  • The NASDAQ Index +14.47%
  • The Russell 2000 Small cap Index +11.57%
  • EAFE International Index -6.94%
  • 10 Year Treasury Yield is 2.95%, higher for the week and higher for the year
  • 30 Year Treasury Yield is 3.11%, higher for the week and higher for the year
  • WTI Crude Oil Index +12.64%
  • Bloomberg Gold Index -8.26%
  • The Dollar Index +3.38% against other major world currencies



Monday the markets were closed

Tuesday stocks lost 5 points on moderate volume as vehicle sales fell and missed estimates, construction spending rose but missed expectations and ISM manufacturing rose and beat expectations rising to a 14-year high.

Wednesday the market fell 8 points on moderately-heavy volume as mortgage applications fell.

Thursday the S&P 500 lost 11 points on moderate volume as jobless claims fell more than expected, ADP employment rose but missed estimates, factory orders fell and missed, ISM non-manufacturing rose and beat estimates, worker productivity rose and matched expectations and unit labor costs fell and missed expectations.

Friday stocks dropped 6 points on moderate volume as the August jobs report showed an increase of 201,000 jobs beating expectations, unemployment remained at 3.9% and average hourly earnings rose 0.4% which was more than expected.

Mortgage rates were higher on the week.  The national averages as reported by Bankrate.com indicate a 15-year rate of 3.85% and a 30-year rate of 4.46%. These rates are as of 9/10/2018 and may include points.


What to watch for on the economic calendar this week:

Monday – Consumer Credit

Tuesday – Small Business Optimism

Wednesday – Mortgage Applications / Producer Prices

Thursday – Jobless Claims / Consumer Prices

Friday – Capacity Utilization / Import and Export Prices / Industrial Production / Retail Sales / Consumer Sentiment



Ronald J. VanSurksum, CFP®
Advanced Asset Management, LLC

September 10, 2018



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