Rover's Weekly Market Brief — 11/18/2016

November 18, 2016 Printer Friendly Printer Friendly


DJIA: 18,867.90 (+0.11%)

NASDAQ: 5,321.51 (+1.61%)

S&P 500: 2,181.93 (+0.81%)


Gold: 1,210.60 (-1.12%)

Copper: 248.10 (-1.12%)

Crude Oil: 46.31 (+6.68%)


October retail sales were strong, jumping 0.8% on top of a 0.4% upward revision for the September numbers that brought it to 1.0% growth. Auto sales led with a 1.1% increase (after September’s 1.9% surge). Building materials and garden equipment were also up 1.1%, suggesting that residential investment is high. Non-store retailers also had a good couple of months, up 1.5% in October and 0.9% in September. This solid report will raise estimates for fourth-quarter GDP.

Like retail sales, October’s strong housing starts report will help lift estimates for the fourth-quarter GDP. Starts jumped 25.5% in the month, the highest monthly increase since 1982. This brings the annualized rate to 1.323M, the highest since August 2007. The main component, single family homes rose 10.8% (on top of September’s 8.4% gain), while multi-family homes more than recovered from their anomalous 39% drop in September with a 69% increase.

The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% M/M in October, mainly due to a 3.5% spike in energy costs—the largest since February 2013—plus a 0.4% rise in housing costs. The core CPI (ex energy and food) came up only 0.1%, which actually brings the Y/Y rate for the core down a notch to 2.1%.

Upcoming Economic Reports:

Tuesday November 22  — Existing Home Sales

Wednesday November 23 — Durable Goods Orders

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