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The Alerian MLP Index was flattish, just under 330 while the REIT index slipped fraction in the 212s. Junk bond funds were a smidgen lower, but near their highs for 2010. The VIX, volatility index, rose a fraction to the 22s, remaining near its lows since the market drop in early May. The yield on the 10 year Treasury bond went up 4 basis points to 2.68%, still a little above recent lows below 2.50%.
Alerian MLP Index --- 2 weeks
Dow Jones REIT Index --- 2 weeks
VIX --- 2 weeks
10-Year Treasury Yld Index --- 2 weeks
Oil fell for a 2nd day as traders bet US crude inventories dropped less than initially forecast & Enbridge Energy got permission to restart its ruptured pipeline supplying the Midwest. Gold rested after yesterday’s record when investors sought protection from turmoil in the global economy & financial markets. Gold bulls are looking for 1300 which could come very soon. A link button below is provided for those who want to learn more about gold & its value as a safe haven & long term investment for capital gains.
|CLV10.NYM||...Crude Oil Oct 10||...75.39||... 1.41 |
|GCU10.CMX||...Gold Sep 10||...1,269.20 ||... 0.50 |
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Mortgage applications for home loan refinancing fell for a 2nd straight week. Rock-bottom interest rates are failing to boost demand for housing. The Mortgage Bankers Association said its index of mortgage applications (including both purchase & refinance loans) for the latest week decreased 8.9% & the 4-week moving average was down 0.8%. Borrowing costs on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, excluding fees, averaged 4.47%, down 0.03 percentage point from the previous week & is only 0.04 percentage point above its lowest level since 1990.
Enbridge Energy (EEP) will be allowed to restart a key oil pipeline supplying the Midwest by the end of the week, following the repair to a rupture at the scene of the leak in Romeoville, Illinois after EEP submitted a restart plan to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. EEP's line 6A can carry 670K barrels a day of crude, equal to more than one-third of Midwest oil imports. EEP units were down pennies to $53 today after dropping a good $2 following the announcement of the pipeline leak last week.
Enbridge Allowed to Start Midwest Oil Pipeline by End of Week, U.S. Says
Enbridge Energy --- 2 weeks
Stock markets had a nice rally in the last 2 weeks, as shown in in the graph for the Dow. Dow crossed 10½K but is sputtering for the time being. In the mean time, gold is hot again. I took a day off & it jumped to a new record. It's doing well because its value is seen as excellent for the short & long term. My posting in the PM may be spotting, my friend wants me to take her dog to the vet.
Dow Jones Industrials --- 2 weeks
GLD (ETF) --- 2 months
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