Forté Capital’s Selected Statistics

Non-Farm Payroll

The recent non-farm payroll data rose by 235,000 jobs in August, but this shows a break from the rising trend that began in April 2021. The unemployment edged down 0.2%, to 5.2%, the lowest level since the recession of February–April 2021. Concerns over rising infection rates from the COVID-19 delta variant appear to have slowed hiring in the near term.

U.S. & World Equity Indexes; 9/7/21; YTD Return
S&P 500; 4,520; 20.34%
Dow Jones Industrials; 35,096; 14.67%
Nasdaq Composite; 15,378; 19.34%
Shanghai Composite (China); 3,530; 1.65%
S&P BSE Sensex (India); 3,676; 6.92%
Nikkei Stock Avg (Japan); 29,916; 9.01%
CAC 40 (France); 6,725; 21.36%
DAX (Germany); 15,848; 15.95%
FTSE 100 (U.K.); 7,156; 10.87%
Selected Interest Rates; 9/7/21; Prior Period
15-Year Mortgage; 2.18%; 2.26%
30-Year Mortgage; 2.43%; 2.98%
5-Year Treasury Bond; 0.78%; 0.86%
10-Year Treasury Bond; 1.33%; 1.44%
30-Year Treasury Bond; 1.94%; 2.05%
Key Economic Statistics; Most Prior; Recent Month
Producer Price Index; 1.00%; 1.00%
Consumer Price Index; 0.50%; 0.90%
Unemployment Rate; 5.20%; 5.40%
ISM Manufacturing Index; 59.90; 59.50
ISM Services Index; 61.70; 64.10
Change in Non-farm Payroll Emp.; 235,000; 943,000
New York State
Consumer Price Index - NY, NJ, CT; -0.10%; 0.50%
Unemployment Rate; 7.60%; 7.70%
Empire State Manufacturing Survey; 18.30%; 43.30%

12-Month Change in CPI

Consumer prices have risen by over 5% in the last 12 months, led by energy prices, particularly gasoline, which has increased by 41.8% during the period. The other standout is used vehicle prices, which rose 41.7%–fueled, in part, by the scarcity of new vehicles due to a worldwide computer chip shortage and various other supply chain disruptions. It may take another year for the chip market to come back into equilibrium.

Equity Market Statistics; Most Recent; Prior Month
Dow Jones Industrials; 9/7/21; 7/6/21
Dividend Yield; 1.81%; 1.80%
Price/Earnings (12-Mth Trailing); 23.20; 28.52
Price/Earnings (Projected); 19.03; 20.22
S&P 500 Index; 9/7/21; 7/6/21
Dividend Yield; 1.33%; 1.40%
Price/Earnings (12-Mth Trailing); 30.99; 39.90
Price/Earnings (Projected); 22.12; 22.27

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