Weekly Economic Update
MidAmerica Financial Resources Presents:
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
- Og Mandino
If your kids are under age 18 and work for you, you can deduct their wages as a business expense, but you must submit a W-2 form and follow withholding rules for each child. Pay them in cash, and track their hours via time sheets and payroll records.
Fill in the blank: if Ruby’s mom is Patricia, then Patricia is the ____ of Ruby’s mother.
Last week’s riddle:
A father tells his young son, “I will pay you $6.00 per hour for the 6 seconds you took to wash your hands before dinner.” So how much does the boy earn for these 6 seconds of effort?
Last week’s answer:
One cent. At a rate of $6 paid per 60 minutes, $6 divided by 60 works out to 10¢ a minute. Six seconds is one-tenth of a minute, so the boy earns 1¢.
August 4, 2014
SUSTAINED HIRING, RENEWED CONFIDENCE
In July, 209,000 Americans found new jobs. Hiring topped 200,000 for a sixth straight month, which hasn’t happened in 17 years according to Labor Department data. The jobless rate ticked up to 6.2% and the underemployment (U-6) rate inched up to 12.2%, but that signaled more jobseekers. June also saw a 0.4% boost in consumer spending and incomes. The Conference Board’s July consumer confidence survey came in at an impressive 90.9, while the University of Michigan’s final July consumer sentiment index advanced to 81.8.1,2
TERRIFIC Q2 GDP, ISM INDEX RISES; FED STAYS COURSE
America’s economy expanded 4.0% in Q2. That was the first estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which also revised Q1 GDP upward last week to -2.1%. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing PMI increased 1.8 points to a mark of 57.1 in July. As expected, the Federal Reserve announced it would cut monthly asset purchases to $25 billion in its July 30 policy statement.2,3
TWO TEPID HOUSING INDICATORS
May’s S&P/Case-Shiller home price index showed a 9.3% overall annual advance in house prices – nice, but down notably from the 10.8% yearly gain in the April edition. The National Association of Realtors said pending home sales slipped 1.1% in June, a disappointment after the 6.0% rise in May.2
WALL STREET JITTERS SEND STOCKS INTO THE RED
Argentina’s second debt default in 13 years, middling earnings, the slow fade of QE3 – it was too much for investors to take last week. In 5 days, the Dow dipped 2.75% to 16,493.37, the S&P 500 2.69% to 1,925.15 and the Nasdaq 2.18% to 4,352.64.4
THIS WEEK: Monday offers earnings from DISH Network, Loews, Marathon Oil, Hillshire Brands, Jamba, Michael Kors, Sempra Energy and Scripps Networks. Tuesday brings ISM’s July services PMI, China’s July PMI, and data on July factory orders; earnings arrive from Archer-Daniels-Midland, CVS, Toyota, Cablevision, Coach, Activision Blizzard, Rosetta Stone, Vulcan Materials, Motorola, Office Depot, Papa John’s, Emerson and First Solar. Wednesday sees earnings from AOL, Health Net, Jack in the Box, Keurig Green Mountain, Dunn & Bradstreet, Ralph Lauren, Starwood Properties, Symantec, Transocean, Time Warner, Red Lion Hotels, Viacom, Molson Coors, Novatel, Zulily, Prudential Financial and Parker-Hannifin. Thursday, earnings from CBS, Monster, Chiquita Brands, DeVry, ConEdison, Lions Gate, Orbitz, Wendy’s, News Corp., Mitel, Zynga, Nvidia and Manulife arrive, plus fresh initial claims figures. Friday, data on June wholesale inventories is published.
Sources: online.wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov - 8/1/144,5,6,7
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2 - marketwatch.com/economy-politics/calendars/economic [8/1/14]
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