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Published at the top of each week by Balance Sheet Solutions, Weekly Relative Value tracks market and economic trends, analyzes key releases and watches ongoing political developments.
Commentary prepared by Balance Sheet Solutions, LLC, a wholly owned CUSO of Alloya Corporate Federal Credit Union. Balance Sheet Solutions is a leading broker/dealer, investment advisor and ALM risk management consultant to credit unions.
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. CST
Commentary prepared by Tom Slefinger, SVP, Director of Institutional Fixed Income Sales, Registered Representative of ISI*, Balance Sheet Solutions
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Today's Market Commentary
Recap – Stocks were mixed on Thursday. While the NASDAQ increased by only 4.96 points (0.08%), it was enough for another record close. The Dow and S&P both went the other way, also by slim amounts. The Dow closed down 28.97 points (-0.13%) while the S&P gave back -0.38 points (-0.02%). In Europe, the bourses were all slightly lower except for the FTSE 100 in London, which posted a 0.77% gain. Asian markets all closed higher. In other markets, oil was down slightly closing at $46.51 per barrel. In currencies, the euro gained on the belief that the European Central Bank (ECB) will start easing back on its stimulus program while the dollar continued to slide. The dollar slide is mostly attributable to the ongoing political turmoil in Washington, D.C.
Economic News – Thursday was quiet with regards to economic data. The weekly initial jobs claims came in at 233,000, below expectations of 245,000. This continues the string of relatively low weekly claims numbers. In other news, the Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook was positive at a reading of 19.5. Although a decent number, this was below expectations of 23.0 and down from last month’s reading of 27.6.
Looking at the Day Ahead – There are no major economic releases today.
The Markets This Morning – Bonds are rallying again, with the three-year Treasury up one tick; the five-year Treasury up two ticks; and the 10-year Treasury up five ticks. The yields are currently 1.344%, 1.805% and 2.239% respectively. Equities are down both in the U. S. and overseas. The culprit is the growing belief that the political climate in the U.S. will delay or prevent any of President Trump’s economic agenda from getting off the ground. This is weakening the dollar further, which is raising the relative value of the euro. The euro’s rise in value is causing concern this will hurt European exports – car manufacturers in particular.
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Future Fed Expectations
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