WEAK JOB MARKET PERSISTS IN JUNE
America’s unemployment rate remained at 8.2% in June with non-farm payrolls expanding by just 80,000 positions. The underemployment rate rose to 14.9%. The Labor Department report offered a troubling big-picture detail: our economy has generated fewer than 100,000 new jobs for four straight months, in what seems like a replay of May-August 2011 (when monthly job gains averaged just 80,000). Does this signal another “soft patch”? Maybe not. For example, January-May job growth has exceeded June-September job growth regularly since 1987. Two sobering facts remain: between January 2008 and February 2010, the economy shed almost 8.8 million jobs, and since then it has regained less than 44% of them.1,2

ISM GAUGES DROP FOR INDUSTRY & SERVICE SECTORS
The Institute for Supply Management’s closely watched manufacturing sector index dipped to 49.7 in June from May’s 53.5 mark (meaning sector contraction). ISM’s service sector index also saw a June descent to 52.1 from May’s 53.7 reading. Factory orders did rise 0.7% in June, far above the 0.2% expected by analysts polled by Reuters.3,4 

AUTO SALES UP; CHAIN-STORE SALES DISAPPOINT 
Big automakers announced nice 12-month sales gains for June: Toyota, +60%; Nissan, +28%; Chrysler, +20%; General Motors, +16%. The International Council of Shopping Centers gauged a 0.2% annualized increase in same-store sales in June, as opposed to a 1.7% yearly gain for May.4,5  

A MIXED WEEK ON WALL STREET
While the NASDAQ advanced 0.08% last week to close at 2,937.33 Friday, the DJIA (-0.84% to 12,772.47) and the S&P 500 (-0.55% to 1,354.68) both staged weekly retreats. Bulls interpreted the European Central Bank’s July 5 interest rate cut as a token gesture, and last week’s encouraging ADP jobs report was not affirmed by the Labor Department’s numbers. Oil ended the week at $84.45 on the NYMEX (-0.60% for the week) while gold lost 1.58% last week to settle at $1,578.90 on the COMEX.2,6

THIS WEEK: Another earnings season is here: as usual, Alcoa leads the way on Monday. Tuesday brings earnings from Levi Strauss. Wednesday, we have reports on the U.S. trade deficit and wholesale inventories, Q2 results from Marriott and the June 20 FOMC minutes. Thursday, earnings from Fastenal and Progressive arrive along with new weekly jobless claims figures. On Friday, Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase issue Q2 results, and we get June’s Producer Price Index and the preliminary July consumer sentiment survey from the University of Michigan.

% CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

+4.54

+1.16

-1.23

+3.62

NASDAQ

+12.75

+3.65

+2.03

+10.28

S&P 500

+7.72

+1.15

-2.30

+3.70

REAL YIELD

7/6 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO

10 YR TIPS

-0.53%

0.74%

2.79%

3.48%

Sources: money.msn.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov, treasurydirect.gov – 7/6/122,7,8,9
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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