Chief Economist Scott Brown discusses the latest market data.
Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose at a 6.4% annual rate in the second estimate for the first quarter, same as in the advance estimate. However, key components (i.e., consumer spending, business fixed investment, residential investment) were each revised higher (inventories subtracted 2.8 percentage points from headline GDP and net exports subtracted 1.2 percentage points). Personal income fell 13.1% in April, reflecting a pullback following government stimulus checks in March. Spending rose 0.5%, with strength in motor vehicles. Increased spending on consumer services were offset by declines in nondurables and non-auto durables. The Chicago Business Barometer was blisteringly strong. Jobless claims continued to decline. Durable goods orders fell in April, reflecting a drop in motor vehicles (related to the semiconductor shortage), but were strong otherwise.
The PCE Price Index, the Federal Reserve’s chief inflation gauge, rose 0.6% (+3.6% year over year), up 0.7% ex-food and energy (+3.1% y/y). The increase reflected higher prices of motor vehicles, a rebound from the low levels of a year ago (the PCE Price Index rose 0.5% y/y in April 2020), and re-start pressures (production bottlenecks and materials shortages, which are expected to be transitory).
Next week, the ISM surveys should remain consistent with a strengthening economy. We should see a strong gain in nonfarm payrolls (500,000 to 1,000,000), with a decline in the unemployment rate. Seasonal adjustment may add noise – so investors should focus on the three-month average payroll gain.
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Consumer Money Rates
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|Dollars per British Pound||1.4152||1.232|
|Dollars per Euro||1.2144||1.108|
|Japanese Yen per Dollar||133.68||119.24|
|Canadian Dollars per Dollar||1.212||1.376|
|Mexican Peso per Dollar||19.998||22.201|
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|Last||1 month ago|
|10-year municipal (TEY)||1.49||1.492|
Treasury Yield Curve – 05/28/2021
As of close of business 05/27/2021
S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 05/28/2021
|May 31||—||Memorial Day (markets closed)|
|June 1||—||ISM Manufacturing Index (May)|
|June 2||—||Fed Beige Book|
|June 3||—||ADP Payroll Estimate|
|—||Jobless Claims (week ending May 29)|
|—||ISM Services Index (May)|
|June 4||—||Employment Report (May)|
|—||Factory Orders (April)|
|June 10||—||Consumer Price Index (May)|
|June 15||—||Retail Sales (May)|
|—||Industrial Production (May)|
|June 16||—||FOMC Policy Decision|
|July 28||—||FOMC Policy Decision|
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