CONSUMER PRICES ROSE 0.3% IN MARCH
Last month’s gain in the federal government’s Consumer Price Index matched the consensus forecast of economists polled by Briefing.com and followed gains of 0.4% in February and 0.2% in January. Gasoline prices were up 1.7% last month. Core CPI rose 0.2%, so that put annualized consumer inflation at 2.7%, less than the 2.9% recorded in February. Headline producer prices were flat in March, while the core Producer Price Index rose 0.3% (the fifth straight monthly rise in core PPI). Economists polled by Reuters had expected overall PPI to rise 0.2% last month.1,2,3

CONSUMER SENTIMENT WAVERS
April’s initial Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment survey came in at 75.7, slightly below the Briefing.com consensus projection of 76.1 and down from the final March number of 76.2. Frustration over gas prices may have had an effect.2

BEIGE BOOK: RECOVERY PROCEEDING NICELY
The Federal Reserve’s latest snapshot of a dozen U.S. economic regions reported “modest to moderate” economic growth overall, with all 12 Fed districts anecdotally noting expansion. For the record, the Fed has described the recovery using the “modest to moderate” phrase in three consecutive Beige Books.4

OIL & GAS PRICES FALL; GOLD RISES
Friday, AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report had regular unleaded averaging $3.90 a gallon, down $0.035 from last week. On the NYMEX, oil lost 0.46% on the week to settle at $102.83 Friday; gold settled at $1,660.20 after a 1.85% weekly gain.5

BULLS BATTLE BEARS
April 9-13 was a volatile stretch for the market. For the week, the DJIA went -1.61% to 12,849.59, the S&P 500 -1.99% to 1,370.26 and the NASDAQ -2.25% to 3,011.33. All S&P 500 sectors lost ground on the week as concerns about Spain’s debt and U.S. corporate earnings affected investor outlooks.6,7

THIS WEEK: Monday, Census Bureau data on March retail sales complements earnings from Mattel, Charles Schwab, Gannett and Citigroup. Tuesday, reports on March housing starts and factory output come in along with Q1 results from Yahoo!, Coca-Cola, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson and Intel. Wednesday offers earnings from Yum Brands, Bank of NY Mellon, eBay and Qualcomm. Thursday, Q1 results from Bank of America, DuPont, Morgan Stanley, Travelers, Verizon, Microsoft, Capital One and SanDisk come in plus March existing home sales data. Friday brings earnings from General Electric and McDonalds.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

+5.17

+4.72

+0.47

+2.61

NASDAQ

+15.59

+9.05

+4.28

+7.15

S&P 500

+8.96

+4.25

-1.07

+2.33

REAL YIELD

4/13 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

-0.25%

0.88%

2.31%

3.48%

Sources: cnbc.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov, treasurydirect.gov – 4/13/127,8,9,10
Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly.
These returns do not include dividends.

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Citations.

1 – www.nytimes.com/2012/04/14/business/economy/consumer-inflation-up-modestly.html [4/13/12]
2 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2012/04/09-13 [4/13/12]
3 – www.cnbc.com/id/47027476 [4/12/12]
4 – www.marketwatch.com/story/modest-to-moderate-economic-growth-beige-book-2012-04-11-148140 [4/11/12]
5 – money.msn.com/market-news/post.aspx?post=fadc5c34-4c33-4af9-90e2-9c80bb50cbcb [4/13/12]
6 – montoyaregistry.com/Financial-Market.aspx?financial-market=common-financial-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them&category=29 [4/13/12]
7 – www.cnbc.com/id/47040305 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=4%2F13%2F11&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=4%2F13%2F11&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=4%2F13%2F11&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
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8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=4%2F12%2F07&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=4%2F12%2F02&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=4%2F12%2F02&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
8 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=4%2F12%2F02&x=0&y=0 [4/13/12]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [4/13/12]
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10 – treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/press/preanre/2002/ofm10902.pdf [1/9/02]