The Market Bull – November 15, 2019
The major averages closed with modest gains to wrap up a solid week. The Fed’s Repo Market driven liquidity, aka QE 4 helped to set new record highs. Since Monday the Standard and Poors 500 Index advanced 40 points or 1.3% while the NASDAQ gained 110 points or 1.3% as well.
Retail sales bounced back in October with a .3% gain. Strong sales were seen at gasoline stations, internet retailers and auto dealerships. On a year ago basis sales are up a respectable 3.1%. Declines were led by apparel, furniture stores, sporting goods and hobby stores.
Trade prices fell again in October marking a 3rd decline in the last 6-months. Export prices slipped .1% for the month and 2.2% from a year ago. Import prices dropped .5% for the month and 3% from a year ago. Year ago price data has fallen for 6 consecutive months. With the Fed’s decision on interest rates tied to the economic and inflation data one wonders if the Fed will cut again in December as both data sets are clearly softening. While nothing to panic about yet, the trend is decidedly negative.
Industrial Production fell hard in October dropping .8% a figure double the expected decline. While the GM autoworkers strike hit the topline hard for a second month, weakness was broad-based. Capacity utilization slipped almost a point to 76.7% a 25-month low.
Standard and Poors 500 Index closed at: 3,120.46 up 23.83
NASDAQ finished the day: 8,540.83 up 61.81
Gold ended trading at: $1,467.40 down $6.00