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Last week’s riddle
What goes with you wherever you go, often demands an answer, and never asks you a question?
Last week’s answer
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Brexit Vote Batters Global Markets
The world reacted to the news Thursday night that U.K. voters had decided to leave the European Union. Germany’s DAX, France’s CAC-40, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 respectively ended their Friday trading sessions with losses of 6.82%, 8.04%, and 7.92%. Wall Street was not hit as hard, but the Dow fell 3.39% Friday, while the Nasdaq declined 4.12% and the S&P 500 retreated 3.60%.1,2
A Gain For Existing Home Sales In May
Last month, the pace of residential resales accelerated another 1.8%. According to the National Association of Realtors, the latest annual rate of 5.53 million sales marked a 9-year high. Separately, a Census Bureau report showed a 6.0% drop in new home buying in May.2
Consumer Sentiment Gauge Declines In June
Displaying a final June reading of 93.5, the University of Michigan’s monthly consumer sentiment index finished the sixth month of the year 1.2 points below its final May mark. A year ago, the index was at 96.1.3
Stocks End Rocky Trading Week Lower
Even with global markets plunging on Friday, weekly losses for the major U.S. indices were not extreme. The Nasdaq declined 1.92% across five days, while the Dow and S&P 500 respectively retreated 1.56% and 1.64%. As the dust settled Friday, the Dow closed the week at 17,399.86; the S&P, at 2,037.30; and the Nasdaq, at 4,707.98. Gold jumped $59.30 Friday to a COMEX close of $1,322.40. Oil settled at $47.64 Friday on the NYMEX.5
- Monday: Global markets will react further to the Brexit on Monday; stateside, no major news releases are scheduled.
- Tuesday: An E.U. leadership summit begins in Brussels; the Conference Board presents its June consumer confidence index; the April Case-Shiller home price index appears; the BEA issues its final estimate of Q1 GDP; and Nike reports quarterly results.
- Wednesday: Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, and Bank of England governor Mark Carney take part in a panel discussion at an ECB forum in Portugal; Wall Street will also pay attention to May pending home sales, May personal spending figures, and earnings news from General Mills, Monsanto, and Pier 1.
- Thursday: A new initial claims report complements earnings from ConAgra Foods, Constellation Brands, Darden Restaurants, and Paychex.
- Friday: Investors consider ISM’s June U.S. manufacturing PMI and China’s latest factory PMI reading.
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|REAL YIELD||6/24 RATE||1 YR AGO||5 YRS AGO||10 YRS AGO|
|10 YR TIPS||0.15%||0.48%||0.64%||2.64%|
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