The Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of June 12th, 2012
Market Commentary by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist
On Wednesday, the news from Europe was mixed. Euro area GDP figures for the first quarter were revised lower. Spain indicated that it needs help. The European Central Bank failed to cut rates (as some had hoped). However, European leaders were reported to be working up a plan on Spain and ECB President Draghi hinted at further support to come.
The Fed Beige Book noted that “overall economic activity expanded at a moderate pace” from early April to late May – an upbeat assessment relative to expectations. After the close, Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen said that “the economy remains vulnerable to setbacks,” adding that there is scope for the Fed to provide further monetary policy accommodation should the economy weaken or if inflation is expected to trend below the 2% target.
|Last||Last Week||YTD return %|
Consumer Money Rates
|Dollars per British Pound||1.555||1.643|
|Dollars per Euro||1.257||1.468|
|Japanese Yen per Dollar||79.600||80.150|
|Canadian Dollars per Dollar||1.025||0.974|
|Mexican Peso per Dollar||13.978||11.729|
|10-year municipal (TEY)||3.05||3.06|
Treasury Yield Curve – 6/08/2012
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Bernanke Press Briefing
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