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Three women each have two daughters. They are all having dinner at a cafe. The café has but seven chairs. All the women are seated. How is this possible?
Last week’s riddle
You have 7 onions in a bag, and you will distribute them to 7 people. As you finish handing them out, there is still 1 onion left in the bag. How is this possible?
Last week’s answer
As you hand out the last onion, you leave it inside the bag. [/column]
FED: April Might Be Too Soon For A Rate Hike
That was the message Wall Street gleaned from the Federal Reserve’s March policy meeting minutes. Several Fed officials, the minutes stated, felt that “raising the target range as soon as April would signal a sense of urgency” that would be untimely. Another passage noted broad support for “a lower path of the federal funds rate relative to December” (in other words, a shallower ascent for the benchmark interest rate across 2016). Still, some officials saw merit in an April rate move should economic indicators show significant upside.1
Pace Of Growth Picks Up In The Service Sector
In March, the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.1 points to 54.5. It was the first gain for that PMI in five months. The index had a reading of 56 or higher during most of 2015.2
Oil Jumps 8% In A Week; Gold, Silver Also Rise
West Texas Intermediate crude settled at $39.72 a barrel Friday, its weekly ascent aided by a 6.6% Friday gain helped by an announcement of declining rig count. Gasoline futures were up 4.4% for the week. April 4-8 also represented the best week for gold and silver since mid-March (in fact, it was silver’s finest week in over a month). Gold advanced 1.7% in five days on the COMEX, closing Friday at $1,243.80 an ounce. Silver futures rose 2.0% in the same interval, settling Friday in New York at $15.38 per ounce.3,4
Stocks Lose Some Ground
A rocky week ended with 5-day losses for each of the major indices: the S&P 500 fell 1.21% to 2,047.60; the Nasdaq Composite, 1.30% to 4,850.69; and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1.21% to 17,576.96. Even so, all three benchmarks were up at least 3.4% month-over-month at Friday’s closing bell.5
- Monday: Earnings season starts Monday as Alcoa presents Q1 results.
- Tuesday: Earnings emerge from CSX Corporation and Fastenal.
- Wednesday: Investors consider March retail sales numbers, a new Fed Beige Book, the March PPI, and Q1 results from JPMorgan Chase and Pier 1.
- Thursday: New initial claims figures and the March CPI arrive, plus earnings news from Bank of America, BlackRock, Delta Air Lines, Progressive, and Wells Fargo.
- Friday: The preliminary edition of the University of Michigan’s April consumer sentiment index, a report on March industrial output and earnings announcements from Charles Schwab, Citigroup, Regions Financial, and Seagate Technology.
|% CHANGE||Y-T-D||1-YR CHG||5-YR AVG||10-YR AVG|
|REAL YIELD||4/8 RATE||1 YR AGO||5 YRS AGO||10 YRS AGO|
|10 YR TIPS||0.14%||0.08%||0.95%||2.43%|
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1 – tinyurl.com/jsu4hrx [4/7/16]
2 – businessinsider.com/ism-non-manufacturing-and-markit-services-pmi-2016-4 [4/5/16]
3 – marketwatch.com/story/oil-rebounds-but-doha-meeting-remains-a-cloud-on-the-horizon-2016-04-08 [4/8/16]
4 – marketwatch.com/story/gold-snubbed-for-riskier-assets-clings-to-weekly-gain-2016-04-08 [4/8/16]
5 – markets.on.nytimes.com/research/markets/usmarkets/usmarkets.asp [4/8/16]
6 – markets.wsj.com/us [4/8/16]
7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=4%2F8%2F15&x=0&y=0 [4/8/16]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [4/8/16]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [4/8/16]