Friday, July 18, 2014

Higher markets on earnings

Dow shot up 90 going back over 17K, advancers over decliners almost 5-1 & NAZ surged 45.  The MLP index rose1+ to the 521s & the REIT index jumped 2+ to the 207s.  Junk bond funds were higher & Treasuries pulled back.  Oil & gold retreated.

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Consumer confidence in the US unexpectedly declined in Jul to a 4-month low as Americans’ outlook for the economy dimmed.  The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment dropped to 81.3 from 82.5 in Jun.  The projection called for a Jul reading of 83.  Higher prices at grocery-store checkout lines are souring attitudes & straining household budgets as they take a bigger bite out of workers’ paychecks.  Absent a pickup in wage growth, a higher cost of living raises the risk that  consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70% of the economy, will cool.

Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Declines to Lowest in Four Months

Buyers returned although volume is light as is typical on a summer Fri.  Google (GOOG) jumped 15 after reporting earnings last night.  But consumer data continues to be spotty.  The airplane disaster in Ukraine is largely ignored today as is Israel's offense in Gaza.  This is a very troubled world without a clear leader, a troubling sign for a so called bull market.

Dow Jones Industrials

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