BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
In this morning’s data, Personal Spending grew 0.3% in December as expected. Personal Income increased 0.2% in December, slightly lower than expected. The core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) deflator, a measure of inflation that excludes food and energy, increased only 1.6% on an annual basis. Overall, spending and income had modest increases in December, but are likely enough to continue to support the current, moderate level of economic growth. The first reading GDP growth in the fourth quarter 2019 was 2.1%, as announced yesterday. In addition, inflation remains benign and below the 2% target set by the Federal Reserve, suggesting no change to the accommodative monetary policy currently in place. In all, bond yields are slightly lower and equity futures are also lower heading into the market open.
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Announced this morning, the economy added 263,000 jobs in November, higher than expected. The Leisure and Hospitality industry was strong, while the Retail Trade industry was weak. The Unemployment Rate held steady at 3.7% and the Labor Force Participation Rate at...