Markets recovered some of their losses from last week as the Nasdaq approaches an all-time high thanks to Apple’s resurgence in the midst of iPhone 7 demand.
Median household income rose at the greatest rate in nearly a generation according to data released this week. The 5.2% gain in income boosted stocks and bond yields higher. The figure still stand slightly below 2007 highs but is some of the strongest data since the Financial Crisis.
Russia cut interest rates by 50 basis points this week. Crude’s fall over the past couple of years has sparked capital flight and a weaker ruble, pushing up prices and forcing the central bank to tighten. Inflationary pressures have abated in recent months.
Greece informed its creditors that it cannot comply with demands to eliminate collective negotiations on wages and conditions, jeopardizing the next tranche of its €86 billion bailout.
Chinese data continues to come in mixed overall but the economy does appear to be avoiding a hard landing so far. Industrial output, retail sales and fixed asset investment all improved relative to expectations.
Oil demand growth continues to slow according to the International Energy Agency. The group downgraded its forecast for demand growth for the balance of 2016, following the EIA last week.
UK economic data continues to show some resilience but markets continue to expect a rate cut in the near future, sending the Pound lower on the week.