•US equities traded sideways most of the week, but succumbed to global growth worries on Friday to close the week in red. Emerging markets also lost ground for the week, affected by China’s economic data miss. The weaker-than-expected economic data pushed European stocks lower on Friday, but they still managed to log a small increase for the week.
•Treasury yields ticked higher across the curve, with the yield on the 10-year note up four basis points. The yield curve continued to flatten. curve with the yield on the 10-year note up four basis points. The yield curve continued to flatten.
•The dollar gained ground during the week, reflecting investor fears of an economic slowdown in China,and was further supported by weakness in the euro and pound.
•Commodity prices fell on concerns of weaker demand and a stronger dollar. Energy continued to face weakness on fears of oversupply and slower demand coming from China. Gold also eased as the dollar rose.
•US producer prices unexpectedly rose in November, as increases in the costs for services offset a sharp decline for energy products. The core Consumer Price Index, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.2% from the prior month and 2.2% from a year earlier. Initial jobless claims dropped to 206,000, a decrease of 27,000 from the previous week’s revised level of 233,000.
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