The Dow added to its recent surge, with economic optimism getting a boost from another strong read on domestic business spending, while the Senate’s passage of its tax reform bill over the weekend added to the enthusiasm. However, sustained weakness in the tech sector continued to weigh on the NASDAQ. Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar were higher ahead of a busy week of economic reports that will culminate with Friday’s nonfarm payroll report, while crude oil and gold were lower.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 58 points (0.2%) to 24,290, the S&P 500 Index lost 3 points (0.1%) to 2,639, and the NASDAQ Composite tumbled 72 points (1.1%) to 6,775. In heavy volume, 987 million shares were traded on the NYSE and 2.4 billion shares changed hands on the NASDAQ. WTI crude oil fell $0.89 to $57.47 per barrel and wholesale gasoline declined $0.05 to $1.69 per gallon. Elsewhere, the Bloomberg gold spot price decreased $4.42 to $1,276.20 per ounce, and the Dollar Index—a comparison of the U.S. dollar to six major world currencies—was 0.4% higher at 93.23.
Treasuries finished lower, as the yield on the 2-year note rose 3 basis points (bps) to 1.80%, while the yields on the 10-year note and the 30-year bond advanced 1 basis point to 2.37% and 2.76%, respectively.
Treasury yields and the U.S. dollar moved to the upside and the stock markets added to last week’s strong gains, bolstered by the Senate’s passing of its tax reform bill over the weekend. Now the reconciliation process looms as the House and Senate have to find some key areas of compromise before a tax reform bill can go to President Donald Trump’s desk for a signature.
Factory orders dipped 0.1% month-over-month (m/m) in October, better than the Bloomberg expectation of a 0.4% decline, and versus September’s upwardly revised 1.7% gain. Stripping out the volatile transportation component, orders rose 0.8% and September’s 0.7% gain was revised to a 1.1% increase. October durable goods orders—preliminarily reported last week to have dropped 1.2%—were favorably adjusted to a 0.8% decrease, and compared to forecasts of a revised 1.0% decline. Also, nondefense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a gauge of business spending, were revised higher to a 0.3% decrease from the initially-reported 0.5% decline.
The highlight of the report was the upward revision to the gauge of business spending, which has risen for four-straight months, with an average month gain of 1.3% for the period.
Today’s release kicked off a busy economic calendar that will continue tomorrow with a look at the all-important services sector in the form of the ISM non-Manufacturing Index, with economists forecasting a slight decline in the reading for November to a level of 59.0 from October’s 60.1, as well as Market’s final Services PMI Index for November, expected to post a reading of 54.7, in line with its preliminary report, but below the 55.3 registered the month prior, while the trade balance will round out the day’s docket, with the deficit expected to widen to $47.1 billion during October from September’s $43.5 billion.
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