April 15, 2021 Headlines

Better demand from Asian investors overnight is pushing Treasury prices higher across the curve despite a positive tone in risk markets this morning. U.S. tensions with Russia is likely one contributor to the rally in Treasuries, as the White House just announced fresh sanctions for “harmful foreign activities by the Russian government.” 

Another round of strong economic data was released this morning. Initial jobless claims dropped to 576,000 last week, the lowest reading since mid-March last year before broad lockdowns were initiated. March retail sales beat elevated expectations for the most part as well. Headline sales were up 9.8% m/m (5.8% expected), and the control group, which is used in the GDP calculation was up 6.9%. (7.2% expected). Food and drink sales were up 13.4% in March, signaling recovery in the restaurant industry.  

Jason Haley
Chief Investment Officer

Date Event Surv(M) Actual Prior Revised
04/12/21 Monthly Budget Statement -$658.0b -$659.6b -$119.1b
04/13/21 NFIB Small Business Optimism 98.5 98.2 95.8
04/13/21 CPI MoM 0.50% 0.60% 0.40%
04/13/21 CPI Ex Food and Energy MoM 0.20% 0.30% 0.10%
04/13/21 CPI YoY 2.50% 2.60% 1.70%
04/13/21 CPI Ex Food and Energy YoY 1.50% 1.60% 1.30%
04/13/21 CPI Index NSA 264.7 264.877 263.014
04/13/21 CPI Core Index SA 270.97 271.214 270.299
04/13/21 Real Avg Weekly Earnings YoY 3.90% 4.10%
04/13/21 Real Avg Hourly Earning YoY 1.50% 3.40%
04/14/21 MBA Mortgage Applications -3.70% -5.10%
04/14/21 Import Price Index MoM 0.90% 1.20% 1.30%
04/14/21 Import Price Index ex Petroleum MoM 0.40% 0.90% 0.50%
04/14/21 Import Price Index YoY 6.40% 6.90% 3.00% 3.10%
04/14/21 Export Price Index MoM 1.00% 2.10% 1.60%
04/14/21 Export Price Index YoY 9.10% 5.20% 5.30%
04/14/21 U.S. Federal Reserve Releases Beige Book
04/15/21 Empire Manufacturing 20 26.3 17.4
04/15/21 Initial Jobless Claims 700k 576k 744k 769k
04/15/21 Continuing Claims 3700k 3731k 3734k 3727k
04/15/21 Retail Sales Advance MoM 5.80% 9.80% -3.00% -2.70%
04/15/21 Retail Sales Ex Auto MoM 5.00% 8.40% -2.70% -2.50%
04/15/21 Retail Sales Ex Auto and Gas 6.40% 8.20% -3.30% -3.10%
04/15/21 Retail Sales Control Group 7.20% 6.90% -3.50% -3.40%
04/15/21 Philadelphia Fed Business Outlook 41.5 50.2 51.8 44.5
04/15/21 Industrial Production MoM 2.50% -2.20%
04/15/21 Capacity Utilization 75.60% 73.80%
04/15/21 Manufacturing (SIC) Production 3.60% -3.10%
04/15/21 Langer Consumer Comfort 51.9
04/15/21 Business Inventories 0.50% 0.30%
04/15/21 NAHB Housing Market Index 83 82
04/15/21 Total Net TIC Flows $106.3b
04/15/21 Net Long-term TIC Flows $90.8b
04/16/21 Housing Starts 1611k 1421k
04/16/21 Building Permits 1750k 1682k 1720k
04/16/21 Housing Starts MoM 13.40% -10.30%
04/16/21 Building Permits MoM 1.70% -10.80% -8.80%
04/16/21 U. of Mich. Sentiment 89 84.9
04/16/21 U. of Mich. Current Conditions 96 93
04/16/21 U. of Mich. Expectations 85 79.7
04/16/21 U. of Mich. 1 Yr Inflation 3.30% 3.10%
04/16/21 U. of Mich. 5-10 Yr Inflation 2.80%

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