Sunday, May 21, 2017

Charting Last Week (5/15 - 5/19/17)

The North Star GDP Estimate for the first quarter is 2.10% year over year growth. The North Star GDP Forecast for the second quarter of 2017 is at 2.06% year over year growth the same as last week's reading. The GDP Forecast page on the tab above is updated periodically during the week.

Bond prices were mostly up and stock prices were slightly down for the week as volatility returned. The Fed Funds futures are now implying just one more rate hike in 2017 with a 78.5% chance of a rate hike by June (the same chance as the two last weeks) according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. The charts below show the normal trading ranges for various indices for the last six months. The red (or green) area indicates 2-3 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range. The gray area indicates 1-2 standard deviations above (or below) the normal 21 day trading range.  

The Leading Indicator for International Developed Markets (EFA) decreased by 0.02% percentage points to 2.62%. The Leading Indicator for International Emerging Markets (EEM) is at 5.18%. On the chart below, you can click on the blue and red buttons to see the Leading Indicator growth rate and an ETF for each country.  

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