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Rover’s Weekly Market Brief — 2/8/2019


DJIA: 25,106.30 (+0.17%)

NASDAQ: 7,298.00 (+0.47%)

S&P 500: 2,708.00 (+0.05%)


Gold: 1,318.10 (-0.30%)

Copper: 282.85 (+2.00%)

Crude Oil: 52.71 (-4.61%)

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Factory orders [8] fell by -0.6% in November for the second consecutive drop in new orders after a -2.1% decline in October. Much of November’s drop was the result of a -1.9% fall for “nondurable goods industries” new orders, a newly introduced data category that includes petroleum products, and which was strongly affected by a $20 decline in oil prices. However, the drop in oil was offset by +31.2% and +72.6% increases in civilian and military aircraft, respectively, which pulled overall durable goods orders up to +0.7%. Excluding military and aircraft orders, core capital goods orders fell -0.6% compared to a +0.5% increase in October.

Due to the government shutdown, only manufacturing data was available in the 2018 Q4 Productivity and Costs [9] report, although revisions were available for Q3, with nonfarm business productivity revised down to +2.2% (-0.1%), manufacturing productivity revised up to +1.1% (+0.1%), and nonfinancial corporate productivity revised to +6.1% (+0.6%), for the largest increase since a +6.7% reading in 2012 Q4. Manufacturing output for Q4 was up +2.3% with an increase of +1.0% in hours worked, bringing labor productivity up +1.3%. Durable manufacturing productivity (+2.6%) outpaced nondurable manufacturing (+1.2%), with durable output growing +5.7% compared to a -1.2% drop for nondurable, and durable manufacturing hours worked growing +3.0% while hours worked for nondurable manufacturing declined -2.4%.

The trade deficit [10] narrowed by $6.4 billion in November to $49.3 billion, largely because imports fell by $7.7 billion, with an accompanying drop of -$1.3 billion in exports. Exports increased for capital goods (+1.4 billion), but this was not enough to make up for drops in industrial supplies exports (-$1.4 billion) and consumer goods exports (-$0.9 billion). Imports dropped by -$4.3 billion for consumer goods, which included a -$2.3 billion drop for cell phones and household goods, and a -$3.4 billion drop for industrial supplies, which included a -$1.4 billion fall in petroleum products. The trade deficit with China narrowed by -$2.8 billion to $35.4 billion, with imports decreasing by -$2.9 billion and exports decreasing by -$0.1 billion.

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