Financial News for the Week Ending July 5th

All the news you need to stay informed about what’s currently driving the market – courtesy of Raffa Wealth Management, LLC.

US stocks finished the holiday shortened trading week at fresh all time highs driven by another strong jobs report.  The S&P 500 rose 1.2% over the week, while the Dow topped the 17,000 milestone and was up 1.3%.  Internationally, Europe rose 1.7% and Japan added 2.3%.  The 10 Year Treasury yield rose to 2.64% on the positive economic news.

The June jobs report surpassed expectations with 288,000 jobs added.  The unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% from 6.3%.  It’s the lowest level since September 2008.  Article

Auto sales gained 1.2% in June moving the annual rate to its highest pace since 2006.

The pace of manufacturing growth fell slightly in June but overall the second quarter posted strong growth.   Article

GM recalled another 8.5 million vehicles driven by ignition switch defects to bring the cumulative total recalled vehicles for 2014 to 29 million. Article

BNP Paribas agreed to pay close to $9 billion, pled guilty to violating US sanctions and cannot conduct certain U.S. dollar transitions for a year.  The firm had hid $30 billion worth of transactions in violation of US sanctions against Sudan, Iran and Cuba.  Article

 

 

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