After 128 trading days, we have officially ended the drawdown by closing at new all-time highs on Friday. The gain this week made it four in a row, the longest stretch this year for the SP500. We also returned to the new normal this week, as growth trounced value by 450 bps making for a one year delta between the two of 38%. There also stands a large difference between new highs in the markets and the continuing unemployment trend. Initial unemployment claims actually rose this week by 135k to 1.106 million. Time will tell on this one.
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The Baker Hughes rig count was up 10 this week. There are 254 oil and gas rigs operating in the US – Down 662 over last year.
- Brent Crude Oil down 1.00% this week closing at $44.35/bbl
- WTI Crude Oil gained 0.79% this week to close at $42.34/bbl
- Heating Oil lost 0.68% this week closing at $1.23/gallon
- Natural Gas gained 9.21% this week closing at $2.57 per million BTUs
- Unleaded Gas lost 2.54% this week closing at $1.21/gallon
- Gold lost 0.14% this week closing at $1947.00/oz
- Silver rose 2.46% on the week closing at $26.73/oz
- Palladium gained 1.70% this week closing at $2180.30/oz
- Platinum lost 3.44% this week closing at $926.10/oz
- Copper gained 2.05% this week closing at $2.92/lb
Weekly Unemployment Claims – Released Thursday 8/20/2020 – Initial jobless claims for the week ending August 15th increased by 135k to 1.106 million. The 4-week moving average was 1.176 million, a decrease of 79k.
Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey JOLTS – Released 8/10/2020 – The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the number and rate of job openings increased to 5.9 million on the last business day of June. Over the month, hires increased to 6.7 million and separations increased to 4.8 million. Within separations, the quits rate increased to 1.9%. The layoffs and discharges rates unchanged at 1.4%.
July Jobs Report – BLS Summary – Released 8/7/2020 – The US Economy gained 1.8 million nonfarm jobs in July and the Unemployment rate declined to 10.2%. Average hourly earnings increased by 7 cents. Hiring highlights include Leisure and Hospitality +592k, Government +301, Retail Trade +215, Professional and Business Services +170k.
- Average hourly earnings increased by 7 cents in July to $29.39.
- U3 unemployment rate declined to 10.2%. U6 unemployment rate declined to 16.5%.
- The labor force participation rate was negligible standing at 61.4%.
- Average work week decreased by 0.1 hours to 34.5 hours.
Employment Cost Index – Released 7/31/2020 – Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.5% for the 3-month period ending in June 2020. The 12 month period ending on June 2020 saw compensation costs increase by 2.7%, same as the 12 month period ending June 2019. Wages and salaries increased 2.9 percent over the year and increased 2.9 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2019. Benefit costs increased 2.2 percent for the 12-month period ending in June 2020. In June 2019, the increase was 2.3 percent. This report is published quarterly.
This Week’s Economic Data
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Existing Home Sales – Released 8/21/2020 – Existing home sales increased in July following a strong rebound in June. Sales increased 24.7% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 5.86 million in July. Sales are currently up 8.7% from one year ago. Housing inventory sits at 1.50 million units. Down 2.6% over last month. Down 21.1% over last year. Unsold inventory sits at a 3.1 month supply. The median existing home price for all housing types was $304,100.
Housing Starts – Released 8/18/2020 – New home starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.496 million; up 22.6% above June and 23.4% below last July’s rate. Building Permits were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.495 million, up 18.8% compared to June and up 9.4% over last year.
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Retail Sales – Released 8/14/2020 – U.S. retail sales for July increased 1.2% to $536.0 billion. U.S. retail sales are up 2.7% year/y.
Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization – Released 8/14/2020 – In July Industrial production increased 3.0%. Total Industrial production is still 8.4% below its pre-pandemic February level. Manufacturing increased 3.4%. Motor vehicles and parts saw the largest gain at 28.3%. Total industrial production was 100.2% of its 2012 average which is 8.2% lower in July than a year ago. Total capacity utilization increased 2.1% to 70.6% in July which is 9.2% below its long run average.
Consumer Price Index – Released 8/12/2020 – The Consumer Price Index increased 0.6% in July. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy also increased 0.6%. The monthly changes left total CPI up 1.0% year-over-year and core CPI up 1.6%.
Producer Price Index – Released 8/11/2020 – The Producer Price Index for final demand increased 0.6% in July. PPI less food and energy increased 0.3% in July.
Consumer Credit – Released 8/7/2020 – In June, consumer credit decreased at a seasonally adjusted rate of 6.75%. Revolving credit decreased at an annual rate of 31.75 percent, while nonrevolving credit increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent. Total Outstanding consumer credit is currently at $4.125 trillion.
PMI Non-Manufacturing Index (ISM Services) – Released 8/5/2020 – Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in July for the second consecutive month. ISM Non-Manufacturing registered 58.1 percent, which is 1.0 percentage point above the adjusted June reading of 57.1 percent.
U.S. Trade Balance – Released 8/5/2020 – According to the U.S. Census Bureau of Economic Analysis the goods and services deficit decreased in June by $4.1 billion to $50.7 billion. June exports were $158.3 billion, $13.6 billion more than May exports. June imports were $208.9 billion, $9.5 billion more than May imports. The goods and services deficit decreased $23.1 billion or 7.8% year-to-date, from the same period in 2019. Year – over – year exports and imports decreased $199.1 billion or 15.7% and decreased $222.3 billion or 14.2% respectively.
PMI Manufacturing ISM Index – Released 8/3/2020 – July PMI increased 1.6% to 54.2% from June’s reading of 52.6%. The New Orders Index was up 5.1% from June’s reading of 56.4% to 61.5%. The Production Index registered 62.1%, up 4.8%.
U.S. Construction Spending – Released 8/3/2020 – Construction spending declined 0.7% in June measuring at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,355.2 billion. The June figure is 0.1% above the June 2019 estimate. Private construction spending was 0.7% below the revised May estimate at $1,001.9 billion. Public construction spending was 0.7% below the revised May estimate at $353.3 billion.
US Light Vehicle Sales – Released 8/3/2020 – U.S. light vehicle sales were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 13.053 million units in July.
Chicago PMI – Released 7/31/2020 – Chicago PMI increased 15.3 points increasing to 51.9. This marks the highest level since May 2019 and ends eleven consecutive months in contraction. The increase in July comes as Covid-19 related shutdowns have eased resulting in increased business activity. Nevertheless, companies noted continued uncertainty amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Among the main five main indicators, New Orders and Production saw the largest monthly gains, while Supplier Deliveries eased.
Personal Income – Released 7/31/2020 – Personal income decreased $222.8 billion or 1.1 percent in June according to estimates released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Disposable personal income (DPI) decreased $255.3 billion or 1.4 percent and personal consumption expenditures (PCE) increased $737.7 billion or 5.6 percent.
Advance Estimate of 2nd Quarter 2020 GDP – Released 7/30/2020 – Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 32.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020, according to the advance estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The decline seen in GDP seen in the second quarter marks the worst decline seen in GDP to date. This GDP estimate is based on data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency. The decrease in real GDP reflected decreases in personal consumption expenditures (PCE), exports, private inventory investment, nonresidential fixed investment, residential fixed investment, and state and local government spending that were partly offset by an increase in federal government spending. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, decreased.
Consumer Confidence – Released 7/28/2020 – The Consumer confidence index decreased 6.16% in July following an increase in June. The Index now shows a reading of 92.6, down from 98.3 in June.
Durable Goods – Released 7/27/2020 – New orders for manufactured durable goods in June increased for the second consecutive month up $14.0 billion or 7.3% to $206.9 billion. Transportation equipment led the increase rising $9.2 billion or 20.0% to $55.3 billion.
New Residential Sales – Released 7/24/2020 – Sales of new single-family homes increased 13.8% to 776k, seasonally adjusted, in June. The median sales price of new homes sold in June was $329,200 with an average sales price of $384,700. At the end of June the seasonally adjusted estimate of new homes for sale was 307k. This represents a supply of 4.7 months at the current sales rate.
Next week we get data on New Residential Sales, Durable Goods, Consumer Confidence, Personal Income, and the Second Estimate of 2nd Quarter GDP.