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Weekly Vantage Point | Week of 8.8.2016

 
Stocks End Week at All-Time High

August 8, 2016 – U.S. stocks surged Friday as strong July jobs data, the second consecutive payrolls report that widely exceeded economists’ forecasts, eased concerns that economic growth is slowing. Employers added 255,000 jobs last month, surpassing projections for 180,000, while revisions for the prior two months added a further 18,000 jobs. Separate data showed the unemployment rate held steady at 4.9% as the nation’s work force rate crept higher to 62.8%. Also positive, wages increased 0.3%, the most since April.

July’s jobs gains, which are likely to underpin consumer spending into the second half of the year, turned the tide positive for equities last week. The S&P 500 gained over 0.86% on Friday, handing the benchmark index its fifth weekly advance in the past six, finishing the week at a fresh all-time high. Favorable earnings in technology shares helped push the NASDAQ Composite to its first new record close in a year. Equities stumbled on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 suffering its largest one-day decline in a month, as investors worried about the strength of European banks’ balance sheets and erosion in oil.

For the week, the S&P 500 rose 0.49%, the Dow Industrials gained 0.60%, and the NASDAQ Composite gained 1.21%. Sector performance was mixed with five of the ten major sectors posting gains, led by Technology (1.74%), Financials (+1.53%), and Industrials (+0.43%). Utilities (-2.64%) and Telecom (-1.82%) declined the most. The US Dollar Index strengthened last week, gaining 0.695% to end at 96.194. U.S. oil futures inched $0.20 higher last week, but black gold slumped nearly 16% since the July 4th holiday. Treasuries fell, boosting the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes by 13.5 basis points last week to 1.589%.

 
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Week’s Economic Calendar
 

Monday, August 8: Fed Labor Market Conditions Index;

Tuesday, August 9: Small Business Optimism Index, Worker Productivity & Costs, Wholesale Trade;

Wednesday, August 10: Mortgage Activity, JOLTS;

Thursday, August 11: Jobless Claims, Import/Export Prices;

Friday, August 12: Retail Sales, Producer Prices, Business Inventories, Consumer Sentiment.

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Market Watch
Stocks 1-Wk MTD 3-Month YTD 1-Year
Dow Jones 0.60% 0.60% 5.00% 6.42% 5.71%
S&P 500 0.49% 0.49% 7.05% 8.19% 6.27%
NASDAQ 1.21% 1.21% 11.04% 5.07% 2.89%
Russell 3000 0.47% 0.47% 7.47% 8.24% 5.11%
MSCI EAFE -1.35% -1.35% 2.23% -0.94% -8.71%
MSCI Emerging Markets 1.43% 1.43% 10.66% 13.37% 1.75%
Bonds 1-Week MTD 3-Month YTD 1-Year
Barclays Agg Bond -0.52% -0.52% 1.65% 5.43% 5.71%
Barclays Municipal -0.13% -0.13% 1.87% 4.26% 6.91%
Barclays US Corp High Yield 0.35% 0.35% 5.30% 12.40% 5.50%
Commodities 1-Week MTD 3-Month YTD 1-Year
Bloomberg Commodity -0.50% -0.50% 1.46% 6.92% -7.46%
S&P GSCI Crude Oil 0.85% 0.85% -5.34% 13.27% -7.06%
S&P GSCI Gold -0.97% -0.97% 5.67% 26.81% 23.79%
Source: Morningstar
Chart of the Week: S&P 500 Foreign Sales Erode to 2006 Low
Reflects Strong Dollar/Widening Trade Deficit
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As the above chart from S&P Dow Jones illustrates, the percentage of products and services produced or sold by S&P 500 companies outside the U.S. equated to 44.3% in 2015, down from 47.8% in 2014 and the 46% average from 2009-2013. In 2006, it was 43.6%.

From a geographical standpoint, European sales continued to increase in 2015, with Europe emerging as the dominant region and accounting for 7.79% of all S&P 500 sales, up from 7.46% in 2014 and 6.80% in 2013. After declining four years in a row, U.K. sales increased to 1.86% from 0.89% in 2014. Asian sales decreased, representing 6.77% of S&P 500 sales, down from 7.80% in 2014 and 7.71% in 2013. Canadian sales decreased to 1.17% from 3.51% in 2014 partially because of oil and commodity price declines and less demand for the industry's related services and equipment. African sales also decreased to 3.16% from 4.09% in 2014 and 3.55% in 2013.

Lastly, something for the U.S. presidential candidates to ponder: In 2015, S&P 500 companies continued paying more for income taxes in the U.S. than overseas. Approximately two-thirds of tax payments went to the U.S., up from 61.8% in 2014 and 54.9% in 2013. Meanwhile, 33.2% of taxes were sent to foreign governments in 2015, down from 38.2% in 2014 and 45.1% in 2013. Actual payments to Washington decreased 0.4% in 2015 to $184.4 billion, down from $185.2 billion in 2014.

 
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