US stocks declined for the week but fared better than international stocks, especially Europe. Treasury rates rose and prices fell following Janet Yellen’s comments that the US economy is strong enough to withstand a rate increase and that the FED would likely be raising rates before year end. Gold prices rose, energy prices were flat and grain prices rose. The dollar strengthened against a basket of currencies.
In economic news this week:
- The National Association of Realtors reported that existing home sales fell a seasonally adjusted 4.8% in August. From a year ago existing home sales were up 6.2%. The median home price was up 4.7% from a year ago.
- The preliminary Caixin China manufacturing purchasing manager’s index fell to 47.0 from 47.3 in August indicating that manufacturing is contracting at a faster pace. This is the lowest reading in 6.5 years
- The Energy Information Administration reported US crude oil inventories fell by 1.92MM barrels in the prior week. Gasoline inventories rose 1.37MM barrels and distillate inventories (including diesel, heating oil, jet fuel) fell 2.1MM barrels. Crude inventories have now fallen two weeks in a row.
- The Commerce Department reported
- Orders for durable goods fell a seasonally adjusted 2.0% in August, better than forecast. July was revised down to a 1.9% gain. Excluding transportation, durable goods orders were unchanged. Excluding defense, durable goods orders fell 1.0%. Excluding aircraft durable goods orders declined 0.2%.
- New home sales rose a seasonally adjusted 5.7% in August to a new post-recession high.
- Gross domestic product growth in the second quarter was revised to a 3.9% annual rate up from the previous revision at 3.7% and the initial reading of 2.3%. Expectations are for slower growth in the 3rd
- The Labor Department reported that initial jobless claims rose 3,000 in the prior week to 267,000. The four week moving average of claims fell 750 to 271,750. Claims have remained low indicating health in the labor markets.
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