The Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of July 15th, 2012
Market Commentary by Scott J. Brown, Ph.D., Chief Economist
Recent economic data have remained consistent with a moderate pace of economic growth in the near term. Europe and the fiscal cliff remain the two key uncertainties and the major downside risks to the growth outlook. Responding to these downside risks, the Federal Reserve extended Operation Twist through the end of the year.
Officials are poised to do more, which may make QE3 a close call for the policy meeting later this month (decision due on August 1st). For further information, refer to the Monthly Economic Outlook by Raymond James Chief Economist, Scott Brown.
|Last||Last Week||YTD return %|
Consumer Money Rates
|Dollars per British Pound||1.543||1.591|
|Dollars per Euro||1.220||1.400|
|Japanese Yen per Dollar||79.309||79.329|
|Canadian Dollars per Dollar||1.019||0.967|
|Mexican Peso per Dollar||13.459||11.793|
|10-year municipal (TEY)||3.09||3.06|
Treasury Yield Curve – 7/13/2012
S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 7/13/2012
|Retail Sales (June)
Empire State Manufacturing Index (July)
Business Inventories (July)
|Consumer Price Index (June)
Industrial Production (June)
Homebuilder Sentiment (July)
Bernanke Monetary Policy Testimony (Senate)
|Building Permits, Housing Starts (June)
Bernanke Monetary Policy Testimony (House)
Fed Beige Book
|Jobless Claims (week ending July 14th)
Philly Fed Index (July)
Leading Economic Indicators (June)
Existing Home Sales (June)
|Real GDP (2Q12 advance + benchmark revisions)|
|Fed Policy Decision
(No Bernanke press briefing)
|Employment Report (July)|
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Tax Equiv Muni yields (TEY) assume a 35% tax rate on triple-A rated, tax-exempt insured revenue bonds.
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 12th, 2012.