In this week’s recap: Stocks kept cool, even as inflation came in hot.
Weekly Economic Update
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks ended the week mixed as investors appeared to shrug off a hotter-than-expected inflation report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.80%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 0.41%. The Nasdaq Composite index led, tacking on 1.85%. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 0.31%.1,2,3
Another Quiet Week
The market traded in a narrow range for much of last week as investors anxiously awaited the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Thursday.
May’s CPI saw an increase in inflation that exceeded most expectations. Paradoxically, markets advanced on the news, sending the S&P 500 to a new record close and the technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite higher. Perhaps equally unexpected was the decline in the 10-year Treasury yield, which slipped to 1.45%, touching its lowest level in three months.4
On Friday, stocks were unable to materially build on the previous day’s advance, though the S&P 500 managed to add onto its record Thursday close.
Consumer prices headed higher in May, rising 0.6% from April and by 5.0% from a year ago. It was the largest jump in the CPI since August 2008. Core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, rose 3.8% — the sharpest increase in nearly three decades.5
Automobile prices were one of the primary contributors to May’s number. Used car and truck prices jumped 7.3% month-over-month and by 29.7% from a year ago. New cars experienced their highest monthly increase since October 2009 as a result of an inventory shortage stemming from tightness in the semiconductor supply.6
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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Tuesday: Retail Sales. Industrial Production
Wednesday: FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Announcement.
Thursday: Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Jobless Claims.
Source: Econoday, June 11, 2021
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THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: Oracle Corporation (ORCL).
Thursday: The Kroger Co. (KR).
Source: Zacks, June 11, 2021
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Q U O T E O F T H E W E E K
“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.”
T H E W E E K L Y R I D D L E
What common English word has three consecutive double letters?
LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
ANSWER: A map.
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1. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
2. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
4. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
5. CNBC, June 10, 2021
6. CNBC, June 10, 2021