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April 4, 2016

 The latest Labor Department employment report shows net job gains of 215,000 for March. Labor force participation increased last month, and the jobless rate consequently ticked up to 5.0% (the broader U-6 rate edged up to 9.8%). Mean hourly wages rose 7 cents to $25.43, up 2.3% year-over-year. Payrolls expanded by an average of 209,000 hires per month during the first quarter.1

 Rising to a March reading of 51.8, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing PMI indicated sector expansion once again. In February, the index was in contraction territory at 49.5.2

 March saw the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index improve 2.2 points to 96.2. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index finished the month at 91.0, above the initial March reading of 90.0. A new Commerce Department report showed an 0.1% gain in personal spending in February.2

 Pending home sales were up 3.5% in February, said the National Association of Realtors. That offset their 3.0% January retreat. The January edition of the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index measured a healthy 5.7% yearly gain for U.S. home values across 20 cities.2

 Factory gains and the new Labor Department jobs report gave stocks a tailwind as March ebbed into April. Last week, the Nasdaq Composite outpaced the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average: the tech-heavy benchmark gained 2.95% across five days to 4,914.54. In the same interval, the S&P improved 1.81% to 2,072.78 while the Dow rose 1.58% to 17,792.75.3

THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled for Monday. Tuesday, Wall Street looks at ISM’s March service sector PMI and earnings from Darden Restaurants and Walgreens Boots Alliance. Wednesday, Federal Reserve March policy meeting minutes complement earnings from Bed Bath & Beyond, Constellation Brands, and Monsanto. Thursday offers a new initial claims report and earnings from CarMax, ConAgra Foods, Rite Aid, Ruby Tuesday, and WD-40. No major news items are slated for Friday.

Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov - 4/1/16 4,5,6,7  Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly. These returns do not include dividends. 10-year TIPS real yield = projected return at maturity given expected inflation.
  % CHANGE    Y-T-D    1-YR CHG    5-YR AVG    10-YR AVG  
  DJIA    +2.11    +0.53    +8.75    +6.02  
  NASDAQ    -1.85    +0.70    +15.23    +11.00  
  S&P 500    +1.41    +0.64    +11.11    +6.01  
  REAL YIELD    4/1 RATE    1 YR AGO    5 YRS AGO    10 YRS AGO  
  10 YR TIPS    0.17%    0.07%    0.94%    2.35%  


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 1 -forbes.com/sites/samanthasharf/2016/04/01/jobs-report-215000-jobs-added-in-march-unemployment-rate-higher-at-5[4/1/16]
 2 -investing.com/economic-calendar/[4/1/16]
 3 -markets.on.nytimes.com/research/markets/usmarkets/usmarkets.asp[4/1/16]
 4 -markets.wsj.com/us[4/1/16]
 6 -treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield[4/1/16]
 7 -treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll[4/1/16]

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