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|Market Week: April 16, 2012|
Spanish bullfight: Continued concern about surging bond yields in Spain sent equities down both here and abroad. The Dow followed last week's downdraft with three days of triple-digit losses; its fourth straight losing week was a sad distinction shared by the Global Dow. Of the four domestic indices, only the small-cap Russell 2000 escaped having its worst week so far this year, though the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq managed to remain above 1,300 and 3,000 respectively. Despite high gas prices, oil slid closer to $100 a barrel, while the 10-year Treasury yield hovered around 2%.
|Market/Index||2011 Close||Prior Week||As of 4/13||Week Change||YTD Change|
|Fed. Funds||.25%||.25%||.25%||0 bps||0 bps|
|10-year Treasuries||1.89%||2.07%||2.02%||-5 bps||13 bps|
Equities data reflect price changes, not total return.
Last Week's Headlines
- Consumer inflation rose 0.3% in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That put the annual inflation rate at 2.7%, slightly lower than the previous month's 2.9%. Meanwhile, a decline in energy costs helped keep wholesale prices relatively static in March despite a 0.2% increase in wholesale food prices. So-called core inflation, which excludes food and energy, was up 0.3% at the wholesale level.
- The pain in Spain: Spanish bond yields continued to rise, hitting 5.93% after the Bank of Spain reported that Spanish banks nearly doubled their borrowing from the European Central Bank last month. The Italian 10-year yield wasn't far behind at 5.52%, raising concerns yet again about the adequacy of European rescue funds.
- The U.S. trade deficit fell 12.4% in February, to $46 billion. Exports were up by $0.2 billion, while an 18% drop in imports from China left imports overall down $6.3 billion.
- China's economy grew at an annual rate of 8.1% during the first quarter; that's substantially lower than the previous quarter's 8.9%. Meanwhile, food prices helped push China's consumer inflation rate up 0.4% to an annual rate of 3.6%--still within the government's 4% target range--while wholesale prices were down 0.3% from a year ago.
- Winning megamillions: Just over a dozen employees of Instagram, creators of a photo-sharing app for mobile devices, will split the $1 billion that Facebook agreed to pay for the two-year-old company.
- The Federal Reserve's "beige book" report said the economy continued to expand at a "modest to moderate" pace, but noted concerns about higher oil prices. Though hiring was said to be steady or slightly up in many districts, employers also reported difficulty in finding qualified, high-skilled workers.
Eye on the Week Ahead
With earnings season under way and several key banks reporting this week, forward guidance about coming quarters could be even more influential than the earnings themselves. Manufacturing, housing, and retail data will suggest the state of the recovery.
Key dates and data releases: retail sales, Empire State manufacturing survey, business inventory levels, international capital flows (4/16); housing starts, industrial production (4/17); weekly new unemployment claims, home resales, Philly Fed manufacturing survey (4/19).
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