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Markets Sensitive to Survey Released Today – Market Update

Markets Sensitive to Survey Released Today – Market Update

Bernanke's comments that monetary stimulus is still needed to support economic recovery lead to treasuries and mortgage gains yesterday.  So far the market has managed to hold on to those gains.  Today the Fed's Beige Book survey will be released indicating economic conditions across the country.  The markets will be particularly sensitive to any information that indicates weakening consumer spending or a lapse in hiring activity.

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Light Week Ahead for Economic Data – Market Update

Light Week Ahead for Economic Data – Market Update

Last week was filled with poor economic data.  The unemployment rate came in with 9.1 percent vs an expected 8.9 percent. Friday's May employment report disappointed with a 54,000 gain vs an expected 165,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls. This hurt equities as stocks finished the week down more than 2.0 percent.  However, Treasuries and mortgages rallied on the data. Today, mortgage bonds have opened lower.  There are no scheduled economic releases today, and the economic news for this week is on the light side.

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