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WEEKLY ECONOMIC UPDATE March 5, 2012

WEEKLY QUOTE “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” - Maya Angelou

A GAIN (OF SORTS) IN CONSUMER SPENDING The Commerce Department noted a 0.2% rise in personal spending in January along with a 0.3% rise in wages. However, real consumer spending was flat for the third consecutive month when adjusted for inflation. Headline personal spending rose 2.1% in Q4 2011. Many economists expect a comparable gain this quarter. In related news, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised Q4 GDP north to 3.0% last week. 1,2,3

DURABLE GOODS ORDERS, ISM INDEX DECLINE WEEKLY TIP Beware of being too risk-averse when it comes to planning retirement income. Some retirees have portfolios so conservative that their incomes struggle to keep pace with inflation.

WEEKLY RIDDLE Two fathers and two sons shopped for computers at their local big box retailer. Each bought a PC, yet they bought only three PCs total. How could this be? Last week’s riddle: Name the three English-language threeletter words that begin and end with the letter E. Last week’s answer: Eve, ewe and eye.

While the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index spent its 31st consecutive month above 50, it did dip 1.7% in February to 52.4 – well below the 54.7 consensus forecast among economists polled by Briefing.com. Last week, the Commerce Department said that hard goods orders decreased 4.0% in January (the expiration of the 2011 tax break on capital investment was likely a factor).2,3,4

HOME PRICES SLIP, BUT SALES CONTRACTS INCREASE

The good news: pending home sales increased 2.0% in January according to the National Association of Realtors. Economists polled by Briefing.com had forecast only half that gain. The not-so-good news: December’s S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index revealed a 3.8% monthly decline and a 4.0% annual retreat in existing home prices. 3,5

S&P & NASDAQ ADVANCE; DOW HAS A FLAT WEEK

Friday, the DJIA settled at 12,977.57, the NASDAQ at 2,976.19 and the S&P 500 at 1,369.13. The Dow lost 0.04% from Monday to Friday while the S&P and NASDAQ respectively gained 0.28% and 0.42%. Retail gasoline prices were averaging $3.74 a gallon nationally on Friday; oil futures lost 2.80% last week to settle at $106.70 per barrel. Gold retreated 3.75% on the COMEX for the week to settle at $1,709.80 an ounce Friday.6,7 THIS WEEK: The data stream is pretty light this week, at least in terms of domestic economic news. Monday, ISM releases its February service sector index and we get Census Bureau data on January factory orders. Tuesday offers Q4 earnings from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Pandora Media. Wednesday, we have earnings reports from H&R Block, Hovnanian and American Eagle Outfitters. In addition to new weekly jobless claims figures, Thursday will bring Q4 results from Smithfield Foods, Williams-Sonoma, Quicksilver and Stein Mart. Friday, the February unemployment report comes out along with data on wholesale inventories and earnings from Ann Inc. (formerly Ann Taylor) and Del Monte. % CHANGE

Y-T-D

1-YR CHG

5-YR AVG

10-YR AVG

DJIA

+6.22

+7.55

+1.43

+2.52

NASDAQ

+14.24

+8.30

+5.14

+6.51

S&P 500

+8.91

+4.64

-0.26

+2.10

REAL YIELD

3/2 RATE

1 YR AGO

5 YRS AGO

10 YRS AGO


10 YR TIPS

-0.24%

1.01%

2.15%

3.48%

Sources: money.msn.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov, treasurydirect.gov - 3/2/126,8,9,10 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.

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3.5.12 Weekly Economic Update