FHFA House Price Index

December 19, 2018

Stocks surged at the open this morning, but who knows how the session with end? The Dow is currently up 175 pts and the SPX is up .68%. A few market sectors are up about 1%: energy, financials, materials. Most everything is trading higher, save gold miners and semiconductors. European markets are up about .3% to .9%, although Asia was mixed overnight. WTI crude oil, which has fallen out of bed since early October, is up 3% to about $47.65/barrel. OPEC says it will reduce production by about 1.2 million barrels per day but those cuts won’t go into effect until next month. At the moment, production in the US, Russia and Saudi Arabia is near record levels. Bonds are trading modestly higher in front of the Fed meeting today (see below). Since early November, bonds have done very well and that of course means interest rates have fallen. The 2-year Treasury note tends to move along with expectations for Fed rate hikes, and since November 8th the 2-year yield has declined to 2.66% from 3.1%. That probably means bond traders are predicting a pause in monetary tightening.


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August 22, 2018

August 22, 2018

tocks opened mixed this morning following yesterday’s brief run to all-time highs. The Dow and S&P 500 (SPX) are flat at the moment. It took more than 6 months to fully recover from last winter’s 10% correction. But here we are. The energy sector is up more than 1% for the second consecutive trading session. Other cyclical sectors like consumer discretion and technology are seeing a little bit of momentum. On the other hand, utilities, real estate and consumer staples are in the red again. So we’re seeing mini rotation away from interest rate sensitive stocks and back toward cyclical growth stocks. The VIX Index—a key measure of investor fear—is down again today to trade around 12.2. European stock markets are poised to close in green by about .2% after rallying yesterday. Commodities are mixed today but over the past week have begun to recover. The Bloomberg Commodity Index is bottoming after a 10% correction. WTI crude oil is trading back up around $67.40/barrel (remember, it started the month at $74). With the market action described above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that bonds must be selling off, but that’s not the case. Bond yields are mostly unchanged. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are hovering around 2.72% and 2.83%, respectively.


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April 25, 2017

Stocks opened higher again this morning as traders digested earnings announcements. The Dow is currently up 230 pts and the SPX is up .57%. The Nasdaq rose over the 6,000 mark for the first time ever as Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, and Facebook continue to make new highs. In terms of major market sectors, materials and financials are leading the way, up 1% in early trading. The VIX Index sank back down under 11. European markets are poised to close slightly higher. Commodities are mostly higher but WTI crude oil is fading to around $49/barrel. There is clear support at $47/barrel. Bonds are falling in price for the second consecutive day. The 5-year Treasury yield is back up to 1.84% and the 10-year yield is at 2.31%. 


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March 22, 2016

he major stock market averages held fairly steady following a terror attack in Belgium (Dow -32 pts; SPX flat; Nasdaq +.15%). It looks like two separate locations were bombed by ISIS; at least 200 people were injured. Not surprisingly, airline stocks are down about 2%. healthcare and technology sectors are modestly higher on the day. WTI crude oil is up to $41.50/barrel and Brent crude is very close to parity ($41.70/barrel). Oil’s rapid recovery flies directly in the face of most Wall Street analysts who say the actual demand/supply situation hasn’t changed at all. So the only thing that hasn’t changed is analysts’ inability to predict oil price moves. Bonds are roughly unchanged today (5-year Treasury yield 1.36%; 10-year yield 1.89%).


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