The major markets closed mostly higher with emerging markets being the exception. The greatest gains were in the Nasdaq as the information technology sector was a significant outperformer.
But in a pleasant change of pace, all 11 sectors closed the week in the green. And as impressive as the gains were in the IT space, they were shadowed by the gains in Energy.
After weeks of turmoil, energy prices significantly recovered last week. The GSCI Crude Oil index added 17.5% by Friday’s close. However, the index is still down -76.42% year to date.
This was a similar story for the Unleaded Gasoline Index. Gasoline added 24.45% last week after average nationwide gasoline prices recovered slightly from the 4-year low of $1.655 marked the week of April 27th. As it stands now, the May 11th, reading of $1.75 is still well below the 52-week average of $2.38 a gallon.
The week ended with the release of April’s BLS Employment Situation Report. The headline reading of a decline of 20.5 million jobs was in line with the weekly initial jobless claims data being reported by the Department of Labor. As a result, the unemployment rate rose to 14.7%, a level not seen since the Great Depression.
One somewhat positive aspect of this report was the number of unemployed persons who reported as being on temporary layoff increased about ten-fold to 18.1 million. In other words, about 80% of the people who are currently on unemployment, only view it as temporary.
JeffCoxCNBCcom. “Powell Says the Federal Reserve Is Not Considering Negative Interest Rates.” CNBC, CNBC, 13 May 2020, www.cnbc.com/2020/05/13/powell-says-the-federal-reserve-is-not-looking-at-negative-interest-rates.html.
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