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WEEKLY ECONOMIC UPDATE October 8, 2012
WEEKLY QUOTE “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Soren Kierkegaard
WEEKLY TIP If you’re shopping for a homeowner policy, feel free to ask for a discount. If you can demonstrate that you are taking steps to reduce risk, you may be able to negotiate one.
WEEKLY RIDDLE Strange but true: the letters in the phrase “bad credit” can be rearranged to spell something most of us probably have in our wallets or handbags. Find the anagram. Last week’s riddle: What 3 numbers can you add together and get the same result as when you multiply them together? (All 3 numbers are whole and positive and none of them are double-digit.) Last week’s answer: 1, 2 and 3. 1+2+3 = 6, 1x2x3 = 6.
JOBLESS RATE DIPS TO 7.8% In September, unemployment fell to the lowest level in 43 months. The Labor Department said that non-farm payrolls expanded by 114,000 positions, less than the 120,000 consensus estimate of analysts polled by Briefing.com but better than the five-figure gains that were common in summer. The underemployment rate remained at 14.7% last month.1,2
U.S. MANUFACTURING REBOUNDS The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers index came in at 51.5 for September, a welcome change after three straight months below 50. ISM’s service sector PMI also showed expansion, improving to 55.1 in September from the 53.7 reading for August.3,4
AUTO SALES RISE, FACTORY ORDERS DROP Gas prices have climbed 14% since July 1, but fuel costs certainly haven’t impeded new car sales. According to Edmunds.com, overall U.S. auto sales were up 13% from a year ago in September. Toyota and Honda respectively posted 41.5% and 31% monthly sales increases, 34% more Volkswagens moved off new car lots, and Hyundai and Chrysler Group respectively sold 15% and 12% more vehicles last month. U.S. factory orders, on the other hand, dipped 5.2% in August according to the Census Bureau.2,5
STOCKS START THE QUARTER WITH GAINS After two weeks of retreat, the S&P 500 advanced 1.41% across the first five trading days of October to settle Friday at 1,460.93. The Dow (+1.29% to 13,610.15) and NASDAQ (+0.64% to 3,136.19) also moved north. Gold rose 0.39% for the week on the COMEX to close at $1,780.80 Friday, while crude oil slipped 2.51% to end the trading week at $89.88 a barrel.1,6 THIS WEEK: Monday is Columbus Day – the stock market will be open, but the bond market (and banks) will be closed. Alcoa and Yum! Brands kick off a new earnings season on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a new Federal Reserve Beige Book comes out along with the report on wholesale inventories for August and Q3 results from Costco. Thursday brings new initial and continuing claims figures from the Labor Department. Friday, the September PPI is released, the initial October consumer sentiment survey from the University of Michigan appears and Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan issue earnings reports. % CHANGE
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