Market Commentary – September 12th

///Market Commentary – September 12th

Market Commentary – September 12th

WILL CONGRESS PASS THE $447 BILLION JOBS PLAN?
Thursday, President Obama challenged Congress to swiftly approve the American Jobs Act – a plan that would cut the payroll tax for workers and businesses to 3.1% in 2012 and offer tax credits as large as $4,000 to companies hiring people out of work for more than 6 months. If passed, the AJA would also pour about $80 billion into public works projects and extend long-term jobless benefits. A written response from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and three other key Republican leaders noted that the plan will be quickly considered, but cited a need to “find common ground” and an assumption that the bill was not “an all-or-nothing proposition.”1,2

ISM SERVICES INDEX TOPS FORECASTS
Economists polled by Bloomberg News thought that the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index would fall to 51.o in August. Instead, it bettered the 52.7 reading from July. The 53.3 August reading indicates some expansion in the industries that account for roughly 90% of the economy.3

BEIGE BOOK REPORTS TEPID OVERALL GROWTH
The latest Federal Reserve review of 12 U.S. economic regions noted expansion “at a modest pace, though some districts noted mixed or weakening activity.” Five regions reported some growth in July and August. Analysts wonder if this latest Beige Book is one more factor that could prompt the Fed to ease monetary policy.4

RECORD LOW YIELD FOR THE 10-YEAR NOTE
The benchmark Treasury yield decreased to 1.89% last Thursday, the lowest yield ever recorded by the Federal Reserve. The yield closed at 1.92% Friday.5,6

STOCKS ALTERNATELY SOAR, SWOON
Rumors of an imminent default in Greece thwarted any weekly gain for U.S. stocks. The S&P 500 finished the week at 1,154.23, while the NASDAQ and DJIA respectively ended the week at 2,467.99 and 10,992.13. As of Friday, the Dow had traded in a triple-digit range in 19 of the past 24 market days.7

THIS WEEK: No notable U.S. economic releases are scheduled for Monday. Tuesday, Best Buy releases an earnings report. Wednesday, the August PPI comes out along with Census Bureau reports on August retail sales and July business inventories. Thursday, the August CPI arrives, plus a look at August industrial output, new figures on initial jobless claims and results from Research in Motion; Fed chairman Ben Bernanke speaks briefly in the nation’s capital. Friday brings the initial September consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan.

 

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

-5.06

+5.54

-0.70

+1.44

NASDAQ

-6.97

+10.37

+2.79

+4.56

S&P 500

-8.22

+4.53

-2.23

+0.56

REAL YIELD

9/9 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

-0.03%

1.05%

2.35%

3.50%


Sources: cnbc.com, usatoday.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov, treasurydirect.gov – 9/9/117,8,9,10,11,12

Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly.
These returns do not include dividends.

Jeffrey Foster is a Registered Representative with, and securities are offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.

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Citations.

1 – money.msn.com/business-news/article.aspx?feed=AP&date=20110909&id=14243169

[9/9/11] 2 – latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-house-jobs-plan-20110909,0,2297315.story [9/9/11] 3 – bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-06/u-s-ism-services-index-increased-in-august.html [9/6/11] 4 – chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-fed-beige-book-shows-modest-growth-in-july-20110907,0,5899012.story [9/7/11] 5 – bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-09/treasuries-decline-after-obama-speech.html [9/9/11] 6 – blogs.wsj.com/marketbeat/2011/09/09/ten-year-treasury-yields-close-at-fresh-60-year-low/ [9/9/11] 7 – cnbc.com/id/44451511 [9/9/11] 8 – usatoday.com/money/index [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=9%2F9%2F10&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=9%9F2%2F10&x=10&y=18 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=9%2F9%2F10&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=9%2F8%2F06&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=9%2F8%2F06&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=9%2F8%2F06&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=9%2F10%2F01&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=9%2F10%2F01&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 9 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=9%2F10%2F01&x=0&y=0 [9/9/11] 10 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [9/9/11] 10 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [9/9/11] 11 – treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/press/preanre/2001/ofm71101.pdf [7/11/01] 12 – montoyaregistry.com/Financial-Market.aspx?financial-market=an-introduction-to-the-stock-market&category=29 [9/9/11]
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