November 8, 2010 Weekly Market Commentary

Economists polled by Dow Jones Newswires thought non-farm payrolls would increase by about 60,000 for October. In a pleasant surprise, the economy added 151,000 jobs instead. While the jobless rate remained at 9.6% for October, Labor Department data showed the economy adding jobs for the first time in five months – a development implying moderate growth instead of a “double dip” recession.1

The Institute for Supply Management released its October assessments of the manufacturing and service sectors last week, and both ISM indices showed improvement. The manufacturing index climbed to 56.9 from 54.4 and the service sector index improved to 54.3 from September’s 53.2 reading.2

September’s personal spending gain wasn’t that impressive – just 0.2%. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had forecast a 0.4% increase in for the month. The Commerce Department data also showed a 0.1% decrease in personal income, the first such reduction since July 2009.3

They fell by 1.8% in September, according to the National Association of Realtors. They haven’t declined in three months. September 2010 pending sales were 24.9% underneath year-ago levels.4

The Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ quickly reached YTD peaks after the Federal Reserve announced its plans to buy $600 billion worth of Treasuries over the next eight months. Here is how the big three performed last week: Dow, +2.93% to 11,444.08; S&P 500, +3.60% to 1,225.85; NASDAQ, +2.85% to 2,578.98. Some key commodities took off as well – oil prices gained $5.42 on the week, gold gained $40.20 across five days to close at $1,397.30 on the COMEX Friday, and copper advanced 5.68% for the week.5,6,7

COMING NEXT WEEK: The schedule of economic releases is very light. Tuesday, we have data on September wholesale inventories. Wednesday, we have initial jobless claims for 11/6 and continuing claims as of 10/30. Friday, we get the initial October survey of consumer sentiment from the University of Michigan.

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“The book you don’t read won’t help.”
– Jim Rohn

Best Regards,

Kevin Kroskey

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