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What has hundreds or even thousands of ears but hears absolutely nothing?
Last week’s riddle:
What wintry thing flies as it is born, lies when alive, and runs when dead?
Last week’s answer:
October 12, 2015
SEPTEMBER FED MINUTES SHOW CAUTION
Minutes from last month’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting provided a bit more insight into the Federal Reserve’s decision not to tighten monetary policy in September. Fed officials opted to “wait for additional information” before making a move, noting that “recent global economic and financial developments may have increased the downside risks to economic activity somewhat.” Even so, most FOMC members thought it appropriate to raise rates “before the end of the year”, believing that slowing economies elsewhere had not “materially altered” the economic outlook for America.1
ISM SERVICES INDEX FALLS SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS
According to the Institute for Supply Management, the U.S. service sector grew at a solid pace last month – the September reading for ISM’s non-manufacturing purchasing manager index was 56.9. Still, that was down from 59.0 in August. Analysts polled by Briefing.com expected a September reading of 58.0.2
WTI CRUDE, GOLD BOTH RALLY
Oil closed at $49.63 a barrel on the NYMEX Friday, gaining 9.0% in five days. A 1.0% advance on Friday took gold to a Friday COMEX settlement of $1,155.90 an ounce – its highest close since August. For the week, the yellow metal gained 1.7%.3
DOVISH FED STANCE HELPS STOCKS JUMP
The bulls certainly came back to Wall Street last week: the S&P 500 had its best five days in some time, rising 3.26% to a Friday close of 2,014.89. Across October 5-9, tech shares rallied to send the Nasdaq 2.61% higher to 4,830.47. The Dow rose 3.72% to 17,084.49 in that time frame.4
THIS WEEK: Monday is Columbus Day, a federal holiday; the stock market will be open, but the bond market will be closed. On Tuesday, eBay, Fastenal, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, JPMorgan Chase and Kinder Morgan all report earnings. Wednesday offers earnings from Bank of America, BlackRock, Delta Air Lines, Netflix and Wells Fargo, along with a new Federal Reserve Beige Book, September’s PPI and September retail sales numbers. The latest initial claims report and the September CPI come out Thursday, plus earnings from BB&T, Blackstone Group, Charles Schwab, Citigroup, First Republic, Goldman Sachs, Mattel, Philip Morris, Schlumberger, U.S. Bancorp, UnitedHealth, WD-40 and Winnebago. On Friday, earnings from Comerica, General Electric, Honeywell International, Progressive and SunTrust Banks arrive, plus October’s initial University of Michigan consumer sentiment index and a report on September industrial output.
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