Wages

Real wages—that is, wages adjusted for inflation—have resumed rising after a dip in 2016. This trend reflects tight labor market conditions and increased inflationary pressures. In addition, a number of large employers have reported raising wage rates as a result of the federal corporate tax cuts.

U.S. & World Equity Indexes; 9/25/18; YTD Return
S&P
500; 2,930; 9.20%
Dow
Jones Industrials; 26,743; 7.50%
Nasdaq
Composite; 8,109; 15.80%
Shanghai
Composite (China); 2,797; −15.40%
S&P
BSE Sensex (India); 36,305; 6.60%
Nikkei
Stock Avg (Japan); 23,869; 4.90%
CAC
40 (France); 5,476; 3.10%
DAX
(Germany); 12,350; −4.40%
FTSE
100 (U.K.); 7,458; -3.00%
Selected Interest Rates; 9/25/18; 8/28/18
15-Year
Mortgage; 4.11%; 3.98%
30-Year
Mortgage; 4.65%; 4.51%
5-Year
Treasury Bond; 2.96%; 2.77%
10-Year
Treasury Bond; 3.08%; 2.88%
30-Year
Treasury Bond; 3.21%; 3.03%
Key Economic Statistics; Most Recent; Prior Month
National
ProducerPrice Index; -0.10%; 0.00%
Consumer
Price Index; 0.20%; 0.20%
Unemployment
Rate; 3.90%; 3.90%
ISM
Manufacturing Index; 61.30; 58.10
ISM
Services Index; 58.50; 55.70
Change
in Non-Farm Payroll Emp.; 201,000; 157,000
New
York State
Consumer
Price Index - NY, NJ, CT; 0.10%; 0.00%
Unemployment
Rate; 4.20%; 4.30%
NYS
Index of Coincident Indicators; 8.20%; 6.40%

Unemployment

As the labor market has tightened, the number of persons seeking unemployment benefits has dropped. This is a continuation of the long-term trend that began after the end of the Great Recession of 2008/09.

Equity Market Statistics; Most Recent; Prior Month
Dow
Jones Industrials; 9/25/18; 9/28/18
Dividend
Yield; 2.21%; 2.26%
Price/Earnings
(12 Mth Trailing); 23.00; 23.23
Price/Earnings
(Projected); 16.7; 16.41
S&P
500 Index; 9/25/18; 8/28/18
Dividend
Yield; 1.89%; 1.94%
Price/Earnings
(12 Mth Trailing); 22.88; 22.88
Price/Earnings
(Projected); 17.33; 16.84

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