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So far, June’s a LOSER TOO

Along with all 4 weeks of May ending up as losers for the Standard & Poor’s 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), we can now log the first week of June into the bad news column as well…along with the biggest one day drop since August of 2010.  However, the market did not close at its low of the day by the end of trading on Friday.

While the well known index for manufacturing from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) came in well below expectations, it is still positive and the index for services beat expectations. There is some other good news mixed in with all the negativity as well.

The equity markets we track were all losers last week.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) lost -2.33% to finish at 12,151, the S&P 500 Index lost -2.32% to finish at 1,300 and the Nasdaq Composite Index lost -2.29% to finish at 2,733.  The Russell 2000 index, which tracks the performance of small capitalization stocks, lost -3.36% to finish at 808.

The bad news is well known to all by this time.  The markets are down about 4% from the April high on the news of manufacturing slowing, Greece, unemployment and the possibility of Moody’s downgrading the U.S.

There was some positive economic news too.  Last week, Ward’s released the third quarter (3Q) vehicle production schedules, which shows a huge increase.  Production is planned to move up from 8.1m vehicles to 9.6m vehicles – that’s a lot of extra production, about a 19% surge.  The importance of this statistic should not go un-noticed, as cars and houses really impact the economy since there is so much that feeds off of those two things.  We will probably end up seeing this good news pulled into future economic releases.

Additionally, there was better news out of Japan.  The Bank of Japan’s Governor said that the supply constraints from the disaster(s) are “easing much earlier than expected” and Toyota expects to resume production to 90% in June and match last year’s output for the full year.

U.S. average hourly earnings (year over year) are holding steady, according to Ed Hyman at ISI Group, growing just below 2.0%.  This presents a firewall for inflation.

Finally – while we refrain from political discussions in general, it is noteworthy that President Obama is coming (and will continue to come) under more pressure to do something about the economy.  In a strange way, that can be looked at as a positive.  Saturday’s Washington Post cover story said this, “Behind the numbers in Friday’s jobs report are scared small-business owners, slashed state budgets, dried-up federal stimulus funds and lingering uncertainty that has taken hold from corporate boardrooms to factory floors around the country.

That’s from the Washington Post!

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