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|January 16, 2012
AN UNDERWHELMING RETAIL SALES REPORT
CONSUMER SENTIMENT INDEX INCREASES
The University of Michigan’s preliminary January consumer sentiment survey showed further improvement, with a gain from 69.9 to 74.0; the best reading since last May and better than the 71.5 economists polled by Reuters anticipated.3
NEW BEIGE BOOK NOTES IMPROVING ECONOMY
S&P CUTS CREDIT RATINGS OF 9 EU NATIONS
STOCKS ON A WINNING STREAK
The S&P 500 posted its second straight weekly gain across January 9-13, rising 0.88% to 1,289.09. The DJIA rose 1.67% to 12,422.06 and the NASDAQ gained 1.36% to 2,710.67. Last week also saw gains for the U.S. Dollar Index (0.24%) and COMEX gold (0.87%).5,6
THIS WEEK: U.S. financial markets are closed Monday for the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Tuesday, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Charles Schwab issue earnings reports. Wednesday, the December PPI arrives and we will have Q4 earnings from eBay and assorted financial heavy hitters: Goldman Sachs, Bank of NY Mellon, State Street, Northern Trust, PNC Bank and US Bancorp. Thursday, we have December’s CPI, a new initial jobless claims report and Q4 results from more big names: Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, AmEx, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Sony Ericsson, UnitedHealth and Capital One. Friday, last month’s existing home sales figures will be released along with earnings from GE.
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