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Weekly Economic Update, January 2-6, 2017

on Jan 6, 2017 in Announcements: Financial Planning, General Parrott Insurance News

A SURGE IN CONSUMER OPTIMISM
The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index continued to climb in December. Analysts polled by MarketWatch projected a reading of 110.0 for the gauge, but it beat that forecast, rising 4.3 points to a 15-year peak of 113.7. The major factor in the gain? Growing expectations of a better economy, particularly among older Americans. The CB’s monthly expectations index reached a high unseen since December 2003.1,2

PENDING HOME SALES SLIP
Housing contract activity declined 2.5% in November, according to the latest research from the National Association of Realtors. In October, pending sales were up by just 0.1%.1

YEARLY HOME PRICE GAINS INCREASE
October’s S&P/Case-Shiller national home price index came out last week, showing a 5.6% annualized improvement. In its September edition, the 12-month advance was 5.4%. The 20-city composite version of the index rose 5.1% in the year ending in October.1,2

A BULLISH YEAR COMES TO A CLOSE
Stocks descended during the last trading week of 2016. The S&P 500 gave back 1.10% of its winter gains to end the year at 2,238.83. Blue chips held up better, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell just 0.86% for the week to 19,762.60. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite slumped 1.46% for the week, closing Friday at 5,383.12. For the year, the Dow gained 13.42%; the Nasdaq, 7.50%; the S&P 500, 9.54%; and the Russell 2000, 19.48%. The CBOE VIX lost 22.95%. A barrel of light sweet crude was worth $53.72 on the NYMEX as Wall Street’s trading week ended. WTI crude rose 45% in 2016 to have its best year since 2009.3,4

Citations.
1 – marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [12/30/16]
2 – nytimes.com/2016/12/27/business/trump-consumer-confidence-index-real-estate-home-prices-on-the-rise.html [12/27/16]
3 – markets.wsj.com/us [12/30/16]
4 – thestreet.com/story/13939313/1/dow-s-amp-p-500-and-nasdaq-close-out-2016-with-strong-gains.html [12/30/16]

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