The Week's U.S. Economic Calendar
- Housing Starts
- (1288k versus survey of 1264k and prior of 1246k)
- University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey
- (97.6 versus survey of 97.0 and prior of 96.3)
- Building Permits
- (1213k versus survey of 1268k and prior of 1285k)
- Large cap U.S. stocks (S&P 500) advanced +0.3% as midweek gains fueled by the Federal Reserve led the index to its seventh weekly gain in the last eight. Small cap equities (Russell 2000) were up +2.0%.
- Nine of eleven sectors were up for the week, led by Real Estate (+1.9%) and Utilities (+1.3%). Financials (-0.9%) and Healthcare (-0.7%) were the only detractors for the week.
- Developed international equities (MSCI EAFE) advanced +2.1% for the week, led by gains in Spain and the U.K. Emerging market equities (MSCI EM) were up +4.3%, as strong gains in South Korea and India boosted overall performance.
- Yield oriented equities posted solid returns as REITs advanced+1.9% and Utilities gained +1.3%. MLPs finished the week down -0.9%. The 10-Year Treasury gained +0.8% on the week, as rates fell 8 basis points to 2.50%. High yield bonds rose modestly, posting a +0.2% weekly gain. Investment grade bonds were down +0.6%.
- The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark lending rate a quarter point from 0.75% to 1.00% on Wednesday and projects two more increases this year. Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari voted against the decision to hike rates, making him the only contrary vote on the committee.
- A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide temporary restraining order Wednesday that bars implementation of President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration and refugees, a significant legal blow to the president’s renewed bid to restrict U.S. entry for people from six Muslim-majority countries.
- Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday she plans to seek a second referendum on Scottish independence within two years, casting doubt on the nation’s future in the U.K.
- A late-winter storm in the U.S. shut down schools, canceled thousands of flights and led officials to declare states of emergency in several East Coast cities on Tuesday.
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