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– Bernard Williams
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When you shop for clothes, XL is always larger than L…but clothing sizes aside, in what numerical context is L larger than XL?
Last week’s riddle:
What 5-letter word for a type of crop can you remove 2 letters from, then rearrange the 3 letters left to make the word “tea”?
Last week’s answer:
November 9, 2015
OCTOBER WAS A GREAT MONTH FOR JOB GROWTH
Employers added 271,000 new jobs last month according to the Labor Department, far surpassing the Bloomberg consensus forecast of 182,000. The jobless rate ticked down to an even 5.0% while the U-6 rate measuring “total” unemployment fell to 9.8%. Wages also rose nine cents to $25.20, up 2.5% in 12 months; that is the largest yearly improvement in six years. If November hiring compares to this, the Federal Reserve may be encouraged to raise interest rates in December.1
NOTABLE EXPANSION IN THE SERVICE SECTOR
The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing PMI hit 59.1 for October, rising 2.2 points. At the same time, ISM’s manufacturing PMI ticked down to a troubling 50.1, indicating minimal sector growth in the year’s tenth month. The two indices have not seen a 9-point difference in 14 years.2
A DISAPPOINTING SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGE
April 30, 2016 will mark the last day that some married couples will be able to use the file-and-suspend strategy to claim Social Security benefits. In addition, divorced people born after January 2, 1954 will no longer be able to file a restricted application for Social Security benefits after that date. This is all due to passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. Married couples may still employ restricted application and file-and-suspend strategies until April 30, as long as one spouse will be age 66 at that date while the other spouse will be age 62 or older in 2015.3,4
ANOTHER WEEK OF GAINS
Across five days, the S&P 500 added another 0.95% to settle at 2,099.20 Friday. The index is up 6.02% in the past month. The Nasdaq ended the week at 5,147.12, rising 1.85%; the Dow’s weekly gain was 1.40%, and that took the blue chips to a Friday close of 17,910.33.5
THIS WEEK: Wall Street looks at earnings from Dean Foods, DISH Network, Hertz Global, Jamba, Lions Gate Entertainment and Priceline Group on Monday. Tuesday’s earnings parade includes results from Beazer Homes, D.R. Horton, and Tribune Media. On Wednesday, earnings arrive from Dillard’s, Macy’s, NetEase, Popeyes, and Smart & Final. A new initial claims report appears Thursday, plus results from Advance Auto Parts, Applied Materials, Cisco, El Pollo Loco, Fossil, Kohl’s, Nordstrom, and Planet Fitness. On Friday, investors examine October retail sales figures, the October PPI, the initial November University of Michigan consumer sentiment index, and Q3 results from J.C. Penney.
Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 11/6/156,7,8,9
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1 – usatoday.com/story/money/2015/11/06/october-jobs-report/75247628/ [11/6/15]
2 – usnews.com/news/business/articles/2015/11/04/private-survey-growth-of-us-services-sector-surged-in-oct [11/4/15]
3 – cbsnews.com/news/new-rules-for-social-security-claiming-strategies/ [11/4/15]
4 – marketwatch.com/story/social-security-changes-will-hit-couples-divorced-women-hard-2015-11-06 [11/6/15]
5 – markets.on.nytimes.com/research/markets/usmarkets/usmarkets.asp [11/6/15]
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7 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=11%2F7%2F05&x=0&y=0 [11/6/15]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [11/6/15]
9 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [11/6/15]