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U.S. stocks halted a multiday tumble yesterday, with the three main equity benchmarks advancing as Turkey’s currency slide abated, allowing investors to focus instead on a healthy domestic economy and strong corporate results.

The National Federation of Independent Business small business optimism index rose 0.7 points in July to 107.9. The NFIB said it was the second-highest level in history and just under the 1983 peak.   The single most important issue flagged by small businesses were concerns about the quality of available labor.

The debt burden of U.S. households is the smallest it’s been in nearly 16 years.  Household debt — including mortgages, credit cards, auto loans, student loans and other credit, is $13.29 trillion, which relative to disposable income is the lowest it’s been in 16 years.
Home improvement retailer Home Depot reported earnings and revenue that beat expectations and upped their outlook. It is the continuation of a trend that has persisted for a few years: in the face of lean housing inventory and little new supply on the horizon, Americans are increasingly choosing to take matters into their own hands.

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U.S. stocks closed lower yesterday, with the S&P 500 down for a fourth straight session as the ongoing turmoil in Turkey dampened investors’ appetite for riskier assets.

Don’t look now, but on August 22, 2018, this current bull market in stocks will top the 1990s bull market as the longest ever. However, be aware that the 1990s bull market saw the S&P 500 Index gain 417%, while the current bull market is up approximately 320%—so you can’t call this the greatest bull market…yet.

2nd Quarter earnings season is entering the final stretch. With more than 90% of S&P 500 Index companies having reported second quarter results, year-over-year earnings growth for the index is tracking to an impressive +24.4%, nearly 4% above expectations as of June

Shares of the food distribution giant Sysco were sharply higher yesterday after the food distribution giant reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit and revenue that topped expectations.  Sysco’s stock has rallied 33% over the last 12 months.

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Turkey’s problems are spilling over into the broader markets this morning, as the Lira touched an all-time low against the dollar and plunged 13% overnight as Turkish president Erdogan called on citizens to convert their dollars and gold into Lira.  The Euro also touched a 13 month low against the dollar over concerns of European Banking exposure to Turkey.  

In Delaware, US Federal Judge Leonard Stark has authorized the seizure of Citgo Petroleum to satisfy a Venezuelan government debt owed to a defunct Canadian gold miner.  The ruling could likely set off a scramble among Venezuela’s many unpaid creditors to wrest control of its only obviously seizable U.S. asset, as Venezuela’s oil production continues to plummet.  

With us GDP growing at a 4.1% clip last quarter and the job market solid, consumer inflation has become the wild card for economists. The latest figure, which could be the highest in more than six years, will be released this morning by the Labor Department. Expectations are for CPI to have increased 2.3% Y/Y, and headline CPI (including food and energy) to have reached a 3% Y/Y pace for the first time since December 2011.

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U.S. stocks closed mostly lower yesterday following a batch of weak earnings reports from high-profile firms such as Walt Disney and Snap.  However, the Nasdaq extended its winning streak to a fifth session as technology shares outperformed the broader market.

China just announced they are slapping additional tariffs of 25 percent on $16 billion worth of U.S. imports from fuel and steel products to autos and medical equipment, the Chinese commerce ministry said, as the world's largest economies escalated their trade dispute.

The CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, famously tweeted earlier this week that he was considering taking the company private.  Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has made inquiries to Tesla over Elon Musk's going-private tweet, including examining whether the chief executive's statement was factual and why the disclosure was made on Twitter rather than on an official filing.  We are sure to hear more about this in the future.

As we near the end of earnings season, two trends are clear: Profits have gone through the roof, helped by lower corporate income taxes. But sales have also increased remarkably, and that trend started before the tax cuts went into effect.

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The S&P 500 Index posted its second highest close ever yesterday, less than 0.5% away from a new all-time high. The S&P 500 has now gone 133 trading days (over six months), without a new high. Since the bull market started in March 2009, this is now the second longest stretch without a new high (the longest was May 2015 until July 2016). (LPL)

10-year hits the 3% wall. The 10-year Treasury yield has run up against the psychological 3% level yet again. After closing barely above 3% last Wednesday for the first time since May 22, the 10-year yield has steadily inched back down, currently trading near 2.95%. (LPL)

Tariffs are having little impact on overall earnings guidance. Forward four quarter estimates have impressively risen 0.6%. With less than 100 S&P 500 companies left to report (47 coming this week) suggests tariffs have had little broad impact on companies' outlooks. (LPL)

The Wall Street Journal reports employment in the manufacturing sector has increased since the end of the last recession in 2009, and growth has increased over 2018. Factory hiring is more than twice as strong this year as it was during January- July 2017.

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With 404 S&P 500 Index companies having reported second quarter 2018 earnings results, a solid 79% have exceeded earnings targets, delivering robust 23.5% year-over-year growth on a nearly 3% upside surprise. Revenue growth of 9.2% is a solid 1.1% above expectations. (LPL)

S&P 500 on its hottest streak of the year. The S&P 500 capped its fifth straight positive week. The first such streak since the week ending Dec. 22, 2017. Five-week winning streaks are a rare feat of strength for the S&P 500: the index has posted 8 five-week winning streaks since February 2013 (and five 6-week winning streaks over that same period). The S&P 500 gained 0.8% last week.  (LPL)

More trouble for Wells Fargo. According to the Wall Street Journal it is under scrutiny from federal regulators over the bank's purchase of tax credits designed to fund low income housing.

The laws of economics still apply. Supply and demand rule the day. Oregon report enforcement found nearly 70 percent of the legal recreational marijuana grown goes unsold. (AP)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.                                      

The Labor Department  says a record 155,965,000 people were employed in July, the 11th record-breaker since President Trump took office 19 months ago. The unemployment rates for adult men (3.4 percent) and Whites (3.4 percent) declined in July. The jobless rates for adult women (3.7 percent), teenagers (13.1 percent), and Blacks (6.6 percent) showed little or no change. The unemployment rate for Hispanics hit a record low of 4.5 percent. The labor force participation rate, at 62.9 percent in July, was unchanged. Hourly earnings rose by 7 cents to $27.05. For the year, hourly earnings have increased by 71 cents, or 2.7 percent.

Milwaukie, Oregon-based Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods says that Bob Moore will give up the CEO title 40 years.
Dennis Vaughn, the company's chief operating officer and vice president of operations, will take over as CEO. Moore, 89, founded the company in 1978. (PBJ)

Forbes contributor Jon Bird says consumers are “turning a blind eye to the environmental cost of online retail, particularly when it comes to packaging.” For instance, Blue Apron “sends out around 8 million meals a month, each one containing two six-pound ice packs,” and the “freezer pack waste is about 192,000 tons per year.”

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The US economy added 157,000 jobs in July according to the US Department of Labor. The unemployment rate stands at 3.9%.

Global manufacturing activity is slowing. Markit's global purchasing managers' index slipped to a still expansionary 52.7. Eurozone activity held steady. China's reading slowed for the second straight month, which reflects some impact from ongoing trade disputes. (LPL)
The official ISM Manufacturing Index in the U.S. came in at 58.1 in July, adding to evidence that tariffs and risk of escalation are beginning to impact US manufacturers. However, this reading is still quite strong. (LPL)

U.S. and EM still look like better bargains than Europe. The S&P 500 Index is trading at a reasonable 16.5x earnings estimates for the next four quarters, 2% above the post-1995 average. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index, at 11.5x, is trading 3% below its average for this period. Europe, at 14x, is trading 12% above its 23-year average which, given that market's relatively more defensive sector mix, is expensive.

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U.S. stocks traded mostly lower yesterday after the Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged but signaled another imminent rate increase.  Fresh worries over the U.S.-China trade friction dampened investor sentiment although positive results from Apple buoyed the tech sector and helped the Nasdaq to keep a foothold in positive territory.

According to the payroll company ADP companies in the private sector added 219,000 new employees to their payrolls in July, showing that firms are managing to fill a record number of job openings despite growing shortages of skilled labor.

According to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices, 80% of the S&P 500 stocks that have reported second-quarter earnings so far have topped profit expectations, well above the historical average of 67%.

Car maker Tesla reported 2nd quarter earnings losing more than expected.  Tesla said they lost $718 million, or $4.22, in the quarter, compared with $336 million, or $2.04 a share, in the year-ago period.  The company continues to have a very high cash burn rate.

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, I’m Tyler Simones

US Stocks traded lower yesterday, led lower by the tech heavy NASDAQ which closed at it's lowest level in 3 weeks.
Shares of heavy equipment maker Caterpillar traded higher yesterday after the company reported 2nd quarter earnings that rose from a year ago which was a surprise as investors had expected the recently imposed tariffs to hurt CAT's earnings.
Shares of the food company Tyson Foods traded sharply lower after the company cut their full year profit guidance on trade uncertainties related to tariffs and volatility in commodity prices.
And according to the National Association of Realtors, pending homes sales in the US rose 1% in June which was better than expected.  The housing market increasingly appears to be running on fumes as demand continues to overwhelm supply.

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management I'm Tyler Simones

US Stocks closed lower Friday, but were higher on the week thanks to a slew of good earnings reports from some of America's biggest companies.
This week will be another busy week for the markets as investors get the July jobs report on Friday and Apple, Tesla and hundreds of other companies earnings reports this week.  All told investors will have to digest 12 major economic reports this week that could be market movers.
The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates this week as the have said the economy is growing strongly and inflation is at their 2% target making more rate hikes this year likely.
US Consumers are paying more for products from R.V.'s to soda as tariff's on metal and parts are putting pressure on US manufacturers. US Steel and aluminum prices are up 33% and 11%.
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The Commerce Department said orders for non-defense capital goods excluding aircraft rose 0.6 percent last month. Business spending on equipment has risen since the fourth quarter of 2016. Business spending on equipment is being supported by the Trump administration's $1.5 trillion income tax cut package, which came into effect in January.

Mattel lost 56 cents per share last quarter. The toy maker’s revenue also missed forecasts, hurt by the Toys R Us liquidation. The company will be cutting 2,200 jobs or about 22 percent of its global non-manufacturing workforce. (CNBC)

U.S. economy remains the standout. The dip in Japan's manufacturing purchasing managers' index last month (to 51.6), coupled with stronger readings and slight increases month over month in the U.S., continue to point to the U.S. as the global growth leader. However, Europe's reading (55.1), which is in line with the U.S. (55.5), did stabilize after a sizable drop earlier this year while broader data in Europe has improved in recent months relative to expectations. (LPL)

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Manufacturing data shows solid growth, but evidence of tariff impacts have started to emerge. The U.S. purchasing managers' index (PMI) data was 55.5. However, average prices charged grew at the fastest pace on record amid increases in input costs, as survey respondents noted higher raw material and fuel costs. Suppliers' delivery times were also the longest on record amid low inventory and capacity constraints, showing that supply chain constraints are causing significant disruption. While manufacturing growth has been strong this year, the surge in prices and supply chain disruptions could curb further economic activity. (LPL)

The Commerce Department reports new home sales dropped 5.3 percent month, the lowest level since October 2017. The median new house price fell 4.2 percent to $302,100 in June from a year ago. There were 301,000 new homes on the market in June, up 1.7 percent from May. Supply is just over half of what it was at the peak of the housing market boom in 2006. Nearly two-thirds of the houses sold last month were either under construction or yet to be built.

The Mortgage Bankers Association says volume was 12.6 percent lower than a year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home is 2 percent higher than last year.

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It is the busiest week of earnings season. The Dow has a three-day losing streak, but the S&P 500 is coming off its first gain in three days and the Nasdaq saw its first gain in four sessions yesterday. (CNBC)

Consensus estimates are calling for a 21% year-over-year increase in S&P 500 Index earnings for the quarter, setting up a second-straight quarter of 20+ growth. Should results come in ahead of expectations, it would mark the 37th consecutive quarter of earnings exceeding expectations. Tax cuts, strong manufacturing activity, a weaker U.S. dollar and higher oil prices all point to strong results. With 87 S&P 500 companies having reported, the season is off to a good start: 84% of companies have exceeded earnings estimates. (LPL)

Papa John’s has adopted a shareholder rights plan which would be implemented if a shareholder amasses a 15 percent stake in the company. The plan is designed to prevent a shareholder from gaining control of the pizza chain and is seen as a move to thwart founder John Schnatter from taking control. (CNBC)

Alphabet reported a profit of $11.75 per share. Revenue rose 25 percent yoy, helped by a 58 percent jump in paid clicks. (CNBC)

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President Trump said he is ready to go with tariffs on $500 billion in Chinese imports in an effort to drive an agreement. Tariffs on just $34 billion in Chinese goods have been implemented thus far, with $16 billion coming soon and an additional $200 billion previously threatened. With China only buying about $130 billion in U.S. goods, Chinese retaliation would have to come in other forms, such as regulatory actions, boycotts, currency devaluation, U.S. Treasury sales, or other non-tariff actions. These latest developments may bring the tit-for-tat closer to its end, though resolution may take the bulk of the summer. (LPL)

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index (LEI), one of our favorite economic indicators, painted a continued strong backdrop for future economic growth, as it rose 0.5% month over month and 5.8% year over year. While the yield curve has been getting all the attention recently, the LEI has a solid track record of predicting recessions. (LPL)

Cal-Maine Foods, the nation’s largest egg producer posted a quarterly profit of $1.48 per share. Cal-Maine said the market may see additional pricing pressure to due to an expected increase in the U.S. laying hen flock and potential excess egg supply. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.                                      

Business confidence remains strong based on the latest survey data from the National Federation of Independent Business. The percentage of small business owners indicating it is a good time to expand dipped slightly from May to June but remains above the peaks of the past three decades. Strong data from the Institute for Supply Management tells the same story, even though all Federal Reserve (Fed) districts cited concerns about the continued tightening of the labor market, inflationary pressures, and tariffs in the Fed's Beige Book. (LPL)
The Dream on Hold, a study by RENTCafe reports that families are “being squeezed into rental properties.” Data shows that homeownership by families decreased by nearly 3.6 million over the last decade, while the number of families living in rentals increased by 1.9 million. 
More than 12.8 million Americans are currently working in the US manufacturing industry. The last time that many Americans were working in manufacturing was back in December 2008. (Breitbart)
RLK and Company, which owns Timberline Lodge has purchased Summit Ski Area which sits just off U.S. 26 in Government Camp. Neither party disclosed the purchase price. (OregonLive)
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Industrial production in June rose 0.6%, reversing a 0.5% decline in May. Manufacturing output climbed 0.8%, the most in four months and capacity utilization continued to rise. The rebound in industrial production is a signal of economic growth and could help lift the second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP). Currently, the Bloomberg consensus for the second-quarter GDP is 4.0%. (LPL)
According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers equipment sales in the first half of 2018 are up sharply over last year, led by a 20.5% increase in combine sales. Total tractor sales for 2018 so far are up 6.5% compared to the first half of 2017.
Berkshire Hathaway eliminated its own restrictions on buying back the company’s stock. A new policy allows buybacks to be authorized when Berkshire’s Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger feel the repurchase price is below Berkshire’s intrinsic value. (Reuters)
The Commerce Department said U.S. homebuilding fell to a nine-month low in June and permits declined for a third straight month. Housing starts fell 12.3 percent. Building permits dropped 2.2 percent. Single-family homebuilding decreased 9.1 percent. Starts for the volatile multi-family housing segment plunged 19.8 percent.
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The Eager Report says entrepreneurs registered 301 new businesses in Bend in June a 21% increase over registrations in June 2017. Bend continued to lead the way in large city business registrations, with one business registered in February for every 303 residents, the highest rate of business registration among larger Oregon cities. Statewide, the average was a new business for every 690  residents.
According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis foreign investors spent $259.6 billion to acquire, launch, and expand businesses in the United States in 2017. That's down from a historic high of $439.5 billion in 2015. The largest of last year's foreign investment came from Canada, followed by the United Kingdom and Japan. (CNN)
Investment in the global energy sector totaled $1.8 trillion in 2017, marking a 2 percent drop from the previous year. A drop in spending on power plants offset a moderate increase in money flowing into the electric grid. (CNBC)
The USDA released its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. It estimates soybean stocks for 2018-19 at a record 580 million bushels, up about 50 percent from its previous estimate.
With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.                                      

The Labor Department said U.S. producer prices increased 0.3 percent in June. In the last 12 months the PPI is up 3.4 percent, the largest gain since November 2011. Inflation is gradually rising against the backdrop of a labor market that is near or at full employment.

Oregon placed 19th in the CNBC best states for business, that is down two spots from last year. The report says, “The Beaver State has a great economy, but heavy regulation holds back business success.” In the factors considered Oregon did not score any A’s and got an F for cost of living and D+ for business friendliness.

Workers are leaving their jobs at the fastest rate since the Internet boom and they are landing higher pay and more satisfying work as a result. According to the Labor Department, 3.4 million Americans quit their jobs in April. Workers are emboldened by the strong economy and low unemployment.

Trucking companies increased rig orders by 18.5% in June over May, according to data from ACT Research. Big rig orders are driving factory backlogs to their highest levels in almost twenty years, and the June 2018 rig orders are roughly double the number ordered the previous June.

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index for June was the sixth-highest reading in survey history. The index saw a 0.6-point decrease to 107.2. Since December 2016, the Index has averaged 105.4, significantly above the 45-year average of 98 and nearing the all-time high of 108.0 in July 1983.
Bizwomen reports customers who tried but were unable to purchase a product at a physical store because it was out of stock account for more than 20 percent of Amazon’s North America sales. IHL Group found Amazon Prime members who can’t find what they want in a store are 52 percent more likely than other consumers to buy what they need online.
NFIB reports the share of US firms with open positions rose to 36 percent in June, matching November 2000 as the highest in monthly records back to 1973. Twenty-one percent of small-business owners said finding qualified workers was their biggest problem, also near a record level.
Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa, owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is closing and will permanently lay off 146 employees. The closure includes the lodge, spa, hotel and RV park. (PBN)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

One of the most popular market-related discussions recently is on the yield curve. The reason being the yield curve (as measured by the 2-10 year Treasury spread) is at its flattest level since right before the financial crisis. Also, the past nine recessions have all been preceded by an inverted yield curve. It is important to note that the yield curve is not currently inverted, but that hasn't stopped the masses from focusing on it. Here's the catch, looking at the past five recessions shows that a recession didn't officially start until an average of more than 21 months after the yield curve initially inverted. The S&P 500, meanwhile, added an average of nearly 13% over this timeframe and was higher in every single instance.

Shopping malls across the U.S. haven’t been this empty in six years. The mall vacancy rate for the second quarter is 8.6% up from 8.4% in Q1. Retailers such as, Sears, J.C. Penney and Toys “R” Us have all announced closures this year. (LINKedin)

Pepsi reported quarterly earnings. Their snack business, which includes brands like Doritos and Tostitos, grew 4 percent. Its North American beverage business, which includes Gatorade and its namesake cola, dropped 1 percent. Total revenue rose 2.4 percent. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Ford's slump in China intensified, with vehicle sales tumbling 38 percent in June and the automaker recording its worst ever first-half there as buyers shunned its aging models. (Reuters)

Roughly 70 percent of all Chinese fireworks entering the United States come here under the control of a Chinese businessman who has used his influence to raise prices and block competitors. The average daily fireworks containers shipped from China to the US in April and May of 2018 was 108. That is 241 million pounds of fireworks. (Wash. Post)

Home prices jumped 7.1 percent annually in May, according to CoreLogic. That's the biggest jump in four years. The median price of an existing home sold in May was $264,800. The supply of homes for sale has been dropping on an annual basis for the past 36 months.

Manufacturing remains a bright spot. The June ISM Manufacturing Index came in at 60.2, better than last month. The bottom line is the trade concerns didn't appear to slow down manufacturing. Manufacturing is about 10% of the overall gross domestic product. (LPL)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The U.S. and China slapped levies on $34 billion of each other’s exports, the first tangible shots in a trade battle that both sides are bracing to fight for months—if not years.  The new levies took effect after midnight Eastern Time in the U.S. In response, a commission of China’s State Council said it applied tariffs on 545 items “including agricultural products, vehicles, and aquatic products,” according to state-run Xinhua News Agency.  (WSJ)
A better than expected jobs report this morning: the unemployment rose to 4% in June, ticking up from 3.8% from the month before. While economists had expected the jobless rate to hold at that level--the lowest since 2000--the increase was largely due to 601,000 Americans entering the labor force. (FT)
The EU is preparing a new list of duties against the U.S. in case President Trump moves ahead with tariffs on European cars, FT reports. It reportedly includes levies worth €18B, which will target staples like ketchup, as well as frozen fish, raisins, suitcases and adhesive bandages.
With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Josh Fenili.

Oregon tech company Radisys, has been sold for $74 million to Reliance Industries Limited. Radisys sells communications networking equipment. Radisys had 600 employees at the end of last year. Just 50 were left at its Hillsboro headquarters. (Oregon Live)

The State of Oregon projects that Central Oregon will have fastest job growth in the state over the next ten years. If you've tried to hire a contractor lately, you won't be surprised to learn that the biggest job growth is projected in construction. (Eager Law)

Boeing is acquiring the commercial aircraft arm of Brazilian plane maker Embraer for $4.75 billion. (Reuters)

Amazon says its annual Prime Day will begin on July 16 and run for 36 hours. Prime Day will include deep discounts at Whole Foods. (CNBC)

Oregon is beer happy so this may have some appeal. The typical alcohol content in beer is between 4 and 8 percent, but for $200 per bottle, Samuel Adams offers a deluxe beer that packs 28 percent alcohol content. That translates to 56 proof, the same as Amaretto. The brew is illegal in 15 states. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Welcome to the third quarter. Historically the third quarter can be tricky for stocks, but especially so during a midterm year. In fact, going back to 1896 and the start of the Dow, this is the second worst quarter of the four-year presidential cycle. (LPL)

The shortened holiday week will likely see below-average trading volume with traders heading to beaches and barbecues. But that does not mean the economic calendar is quiet. In fact, quite the opposite with the ISM manufacturing data and the jobs report on Friday. (LPL)

The 2018 2Q Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, found that surveyed economists and real estate experts expect the U.S. will enter a recession in 2020. (FBN)

Too early to think of Christmas? Not for Kohl’s, which is getting a jump on finding seasonal workers for the back-to-school and holiday seasons. Faced with a tight labor market, the retail giant says it’s the earliest it has ever started searching for seasonal employees. Although Kohl’s hasn’t disclosed how many workers it plans to hire, about 70,000 additional workers were employed for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. (LinkedIn)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Toys R Us closed its doors in the U.S. on Friday. The defunct company still must sell its intellectual property. (CNBC)

Nestle is being urged by investor Daniel Loeb’s Third Point hedge fund to split into three divisions. They want Nestle to split into separate beverage, nutrition, and grocery units. (CNBC)

Kroger the parent company of the Fred Meyer is about to test a fleet of driverless cars designed to lower delivery costs. Customers will be able to order groceries from a mobile app. After the order is placed, a driverless vehicle will deliver the groceries at a curb, requiring the customers to unload. The vehicles will be opened with a numeric code. (Oregon Live)

Oregon workers earning the minimum wage got a raise yesterday. The minimum wage in the Portland climbed 75 cents, to $12 an hour. In Deschutes and Lane County minimum wage climbed to $10.75 and hour. In the rest of eastern Oregon minimum wage rose to $10.50 an hour. Sunday's increase is the second in a series of annual hikes approved in 2016. Oregon has one of the highest minimum hourly wages in the nation. (Oregon Live)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

More trade tensions are in the making on reports that Justin Trudeau will mark Canada's 151st birthday on Sunday by imposing tariffs on about C$19.4B worth of U.S. imports and providing aid to trade hit industries. The proposed tariffs will target metals, whiskies, mustard, toilet paper, washing machines, motorboats and maple syrup, in response to the American levies on Canadian steel and aluminum that went into effect a month ago.  (SA)

The debut of Walgreens into the Dow Jones Industrial Average this week marks the worst performance of any new entrant in the past decade. Shares are down more than 11% in the past three days - trimming more than 44 points off the index - after the company replaced GE. Walgreens also tumbled along with other drug retailers yesterday as Amazon made its entry into the industry by acquiring online pharmacy PillPack. (FT)

It's official! Twenty-First Century Fox shareholders will vote on Walt Disney's (NYSE:DIS) revised $71B bid for Fox's entertainment assets on July 27. The date effectively sets a deadline for Comcast to come back with a higher bid. Disney has already won DOJ approval for the deal on condition it sells 22 of Fox's regional sports networks. (WSJ)

S&P 500 futures are up 10 and NASDAQ futures are up 26. The MSCI international index is up 2/5 of a %.
Oil is up $.02 at $73.47 a barrel.
Gold is up $1 at $1252 a Troy ounce.
With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Josh Fenili.


The debt load for U.S. corporations has reached a record $6.3T, this according to S&P Global, as Wall Street investors brace for a stricter rate environment even as cash hoarding reaches a peak. The good news is that U.S. companies have a record $2.1T in cash to service that debt, however most of that cash is in the hands of a few giant corporations. (S&P)


Amazon is building out its own last-mile delivery service, pushing further onto the turf of shipping partners UPS and FedEx. The new program, called Delivery Service Partners, will let entrepreneurs run their own local delivery networks of up to 40 delivery vans emblazoned with Prime logos. (SA)


Today beings part 2 of the Fed’s annual bank stress tests, when lenders will learn whether they can boost buybacks and dividends to shareholders. Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley barely squeaked by on the first part last week, and some analysts remain concerned about Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank.  The results come as the S&P 500 Financials Index fell for a 13th straight day on Wednesday - the longest losing streak on record - amid trade war worries and rising interest rates. (WSJ)


S&P 500 futures are down 2, and NASDAQ futures are down 9.  The MSCI international index is down about 1/5 of a %.

Oil is down $.23 at $72.53 a barrel. 

Gold is down $3 at $1253 an ounce.

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor, I'm Josh Fenili.

LEI continues to support a strong economy. The Leading Economic Index jumped 0.2% in May, after being up 0.4% each of the past two months. This index comprises 10 components (e.g., jobless claims, factory orders, and confidence) to show a picture of future economic health. This is key indicator we use as a warning sign for a pending economic slowdown, and fortunately we see little reason to expect a recession over the next 12 months. Year over year, this index is up +6.1%, well above the negative year-over-year signal that has preceded every recession going back to the early 1970s. (LPL)


Banks pass stress tests. Round one of the Federal Reserve's required testing for banks deemed "systemically important" to determine how they'd fare under severe economic conditions showed all 35 institutions received a passing grade for required capital minimums; though a few firms cleared the hurdle by a relatively small margin. (LPL)


UPS and the Teamsters have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year labor contract. The prior agreement expires on July 31. (CNBC)


General Electric near a sale of its industrial engine unit to private equity firm Advent International. (CNBC)

S&P 500 is down 11 and the NASDAQ is down 60. The MSCI international index is lower.

Oil is up 31cents at $68.90 a barrel.

Gold is up $1 at $1271 a Troy ounce.


With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Mid Oregon Credit Union has acquired Bend-based High Desert Bank. High Desert Bank opened 2007. Its five employees have been offered jobs at Mid Oregon. Mid Oregon has seven branches in Central Oregon. (Bulletin)

OPEC may ramp up production. OPEC and Russia meet today in Vienna amid speculation that Saudi Arabia will get its 600K barrel/day output increase. Though likely, disagreement among several key members and the inability of secondary players to reach production targets introduce uncertainty. We see countervailing forces keeping oil prices largely range-bound near current levels, but strong global demand, geopolitics, and U.S. infrastructure bottlenecks offer the potential for a reversal of recent weakness. (LPL)

Foreign stocks getting cheaper. Recent underperformance by international stocks has helped those stocks get cheaper. On a forward price-to-earnings basis, the price-to-earnings multiple on the MSCI EAFE (developed international benchmark) has dropped from 15 to 13.7 this year. However, stronger earnings in the U.S. have led to a bigger drop in U.S. stock valuations, from 18.2 to 16.5. (LPL)

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Americans applying for government disability benefits is plunging, evidence that a stronger economy is pulling people back into the job market (NY Times)

The 334.3 million mobile phones shipped during the first quarter of 2018 was a 2.9 percent decline year over year and was led by China, which declined to a level not seen since 2013. (IDC)

The National Association of Realtors say existing home sales slipped 0.4 percent last month. It was the second straight monthly decline in sales. Existing home sales, which make up about 90 percent of U.S. home sales, dropped 3.0 percent on a year-on-year basis in May. They have declined for three straight months.

Darden Restaurants', owners of the Olive Garden, saw quarterly results top Wall Street expectations. Darden earned $174.5 million, or $1.39 per share, up almost 41%. Revenue increased to $2.13 billion. Sales at Olive Garden restaurants open at least a year rose 2.4% in the quarter.

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The Commerce Department said U.S. homebuilding surged to near an 11-year high in May up 5% from last month. Building permits fell 4.6%, the lowest level since September 2017.

Barron’s reported fewer than half of US consumers look past the first five options, or the first page of results, at least half the time when searching for products on ecommerce sites.

Research published by Cowen & Co. found the amount of retail overlap between traditional retailers and online commerce continues to trend upwards. Cowen found that 87 percent of Target shoppers also visited Amazon, while 83 percent of Walmart consumers also shopped on the online platform.

The combined wealth of the world's millionaires rose for a sixth straight year, topping $70 trillion for the first time ever in 2017 thanks to an improving global economy and strong stock market performance. (USA Today)

General Electric is being dropped from the Dow after being included in the 30-stock index for 111 years. It will be replaced by drugstore chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance. (CNBC)

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Capex has been rebounding and has the means, motive, and opportunity for a sustained run. We are seeing on-going signs of a rebound in business spending and investment and believe the trend is likely to continue. Lower tax rates and the brining home of foreign profits are giving businesses the means to invest; business confidence and a tight labor market are providing the motive; and provisions in the tax law incentivizing capex and a still solid global growth backdrop are providing the opportunity. This could produce a sustainable pick-up in economic growth and the possible extension of our 2.75-3.0% 2018 growth estimate later into the cycle. (LPL)

At the close yesterday, the Dow was up about 1.5% for the month and S&P 500 up about 2.5% for the month, with the Nasdaq up more than 4% for the month. The Nasdaq is up about 12% in 2018, with the S&P is up nearly 4% and the Dow is up 1.5% year-to-date. (CNBC)

Foreign governments reduced their purchases of U.S. debt by about $5 billion each for March and April. Most notable was Russia, which sliced its holdings of U.S. debt nearly in half from March to April, from $96.1 billion to $48.7 billion. Foreigners held $6.17 trillion of the total $14.84 trillion of Treasury debt outstanding through April. The national debt is more than $21 trillion. (CNBC)

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U.S. rolls out tariffs on Chinese goods. President Trump approved a list of more than 1,100 items expected to generate ~$50 billion in taxes on Chinese imports, with an additional $16 billion in goods still under review. Collection is slated to begin in three weeks. The value of the tariffs suggests this is another negotiating tactic. (LPL)

The East Coast-based clothing chain Brooks Brothers has closed its downtown Portland store. It opened in 2008. The Portland store was Brooks Brothers' only Oregon location. (OBN)

Kellogg is recalling 1.3 million cases of Honey Smacks cereal due to potential salmonella contamination. (Reuters)

Apple has signed a multiyear deal with Oprah Winfrey as part of the tech giant's push into original content. Winfrey will create original programs. Apple has reportedly committed $1 billion to original content. (CNBC)

If you were looking for another reason to fly first class, Alaska Airlines is now serving ice cream from the Portland-based Salt and Straw. (Oregon Live)

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According to Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index for May, the rapid rise in home prices is resulting in a divergence in consumer attitudes toward buying and selling a home. Those who said that “now is a good time to sell a home” rose to 46% up 14 points over the year before, while those “who said now is a good time to buy a home decreased to 28%. (Mortgage Orb)

Strong retail sales for May point to accelerating second quarter growth. Consumer demand picked up steam in May as retail sales rose 0.8% versus April and up 6.4% year over year. The increase was broad based with 10 of 13 categories showing growth, including building materials with a 2.4% increase. The data are a clear sign that consumer spending has picked up nicely after a soft first quarter. (LPL)

New applications for unemployment benefits fell unexpectedly last week, coming in at 218,000. The labor market is considered to be close to full employment and the data further affirms our view of a strong and gradually tightening labor market. (LPL)

Microsoft is developing technology to eliminate cashiers and checkout lines from stores. Challenging Amazon's automated grocery stores. (Reuters)

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Surging fuel costs spur wholesale inflation. Producer prices rose more than expected last month, up 0.5% from April and 3.1% year over year, to more than 6-year highs. Growth in the headline reading was driven primarily by rising fuel costs, as wholesale gasoline prices spiked 10% from the prior month. When stripped out, core inflation rose a more modest 2.3% from a year ago. (LPL)

Consumer inflation ticks higher. The year-over-year rate of growth in the consumer price index (CPI), was 2.8%, bested consensus expectations for a 2.7% as energy costs continued to rise. Meanwhile, the core reading, which strips out the more volatile food and energy components, held steady month over month at +2.1% as medical care services and auto prices rose, while growth in transportation costs moderated. (LPL)

Small Business Optimism Index Continues Historic Highs. NFIB’s Small Business Optimism Index for May was the second-highest in the 45-year-history of the survey. The index saw a three-point gain, rising to 107.8. Positive earnings trends reached a survey high, and positive sales trends are at their highest level since 1995.

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Today the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 0.25%. That news comes at 11 am.

The expansion turns 9. The economic expansion officially turns 9 years old this month, making it the second longest behind the 10-year expansion during the 1990s. (LPL)

Daimler Trucks North America will invest millions on an automated truck research and development center in Portland. The facility will be located at the company's Swan Island headquarters. (PBJ)

IHOP has announced its new name – IHOb. To promote the debut of the brand’s new Ultimate Steakburgers, the company is flipping the “P” in its name – which stands for pancakes – to “b” for burgers. However, the name change is only for the “time being,” with no set date for the return of its classic branding. (FBN)

H&R Block earned $5.43 per share for its first quarter. The tax preparation firm also saw sales beat forecasts. They raised their quarterly dividend by 4 percent to 25 cents per share. (CNBC)

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U.S. stock-market indexes traded moderately higher yesterday ahead of a highly anticipated summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore and a litany of potentially market-moving central-bank meetings.

Home Depot plans to spend $1.2 billion over the next five years to speed up delivery of goods to homes and job sites as the rise of online shopping resets consumer expectations.  The home improvement retailer will add 170 distribution facilities across the U.S. so that it can reach 90% of the U.S. population in one day or less.
U.S. factory orders fell by 0.8% in April, somewhat higher than expected. Economists had forecast a 0.5% drop. The decline was concentrated in commercial aircraft. Orders for nondurable goods also rose slightly.

The International House of Pancakes AKA IHOP is probably getting exactly what it wanted when it decided to change the name of the pancake chain to IHOb to celebrate its launch of a new line of burgers.  The company changed the P to B for burgers and has been getting plenty of press.  It seems gimmicks are the new form of marketing…

Global PMI data reflects broad global strength with U.S. taking the lead. Measures of U.S. manufacturing activity have broken away from the global pack to the upside while the European manufacturing sector has slowed over the past couple of months. Still, recent Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data indicates a solid 80% of countries are in expansion. (LPL)

The trade deficit narrowed by $1.0 billion in April, its second straight decline, to $46.2 billion, marking the smallest deficit since September 2017. The reduction in April was driven by a smaller goods trade deficit, while the services surplus was little changed. However, on a 12-month total basis, the trade deficit widened marginally to $573.1 billion, the biggest gap in nine years, with deficits with China and Europe hitting records.

Kraft-Hines, the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world with a market cap of $71 billion has created a “Legal-Ade” unit to help kids fight any legal issues or fines associated with lemonade stands. Any child fined for running a lemonade stand without a permit can have his or her parent apply for reimbursement. Each submission will then be reviewed by Country Time Lemonade’s team. (FBN)

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U.S. stocks struggled for direction yesterday, with major indexes paring an early advance with the Nasdaq down firmly as major technology stocks sold off.  That was offset an uptrend in banking stocks.

The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet, and JP Morgan’s CEO Jaime Dimon wrote an OP ED piece in the WSJ calling for America’s public companies to stop making quarterly profit forecasts.  Buffet and Dimon said the quarterly earnings guidance leads to an unhealthy focus on short-term profits and the expense of a good long-term strategy.

Shares of Costco traded higher yesterday, after the company reported May sales showing same-store sales were up 14% to $11.02 billion from $9.66 billion in the same month a year ago. E-commerce sales were up 34.4%, the company said. In the U.S. the strongest regions were the Midwest, Texas and the Southeast, while internationally, Mexico, Japan and Taiwan were standouts.

Jobless claims were 222k last week and the rate of layoffs in the economy are at 50 year lows as the labor market continues to be on fire.

April figures show that the number of job openings, at 6.7 million, topping the number of unemployed people (6.3 million) for the first time in the report's 18-year history. Openings in manufacturing and services increased, though the number of hires was little changed. Labor turnover remained fairly static overall. Net employment rose 2.4 million for the month, indicating the labor market continues to tighten as the economic cycle continues to progress. (LPL)

Both ISM non-manufacturing and Markit services came in better than expected, with backlogs in non-manufacturing orders hitting a record high and growth in services activity accelerating at rates not seen in three years. Inflation pressures increased as input costs rose, but robust demand and the order backlog, in conjunction with a tight labor market, point to continued upside for the U.S. economy. (LPL)

Applications to refinance a home loan are 17 percent lower than a year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home are 9 percent higher than a year ago. The adjustable-rate mortgage share of activity increased to 7.1 percent of total applications. (Mortgage Bankers Association)

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This week has saw continued strength under the surface. In fact, the Russell 2000, Russell Microcap, technology sector, and Nasdaq all closed at new all-time highs. Not to be outdone, various advance/decline lines made new highs as well including: the S&P MidCap, Nasdaq 100, NYSE, NYSE common stock only, S&P 100, S&P small cap, and S&P 500. (LPL)

Treasury futures remain at historic net short levels. The positioning indicates market participants believe yields will move higher. However, this has been an important counter-cyclical indicator, as profits (or losses) on these positions can lead to buying Treasury futures to close them out, leading to a decline in interest rates over the short term. (LPL)

The Oregon Treasury has decided not to give public employees a choice in how a portion of their retirement savings is invested. The agency decided the move could leave investment managers open to lawsuits if things don't go well. (Oregon Live)

Hobby Lobby opened its first store in Portland last weekend. Hobby Lobby's first Oregon store opened in 2014 and has four other Oregon locations, in Bend, Springfield, Albany and Salem. (Oregon Live)

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Oregon is known for loving recycling, but China's decision to ban the importation of many types of recyclable materials has had a major impact across the state. With China out of the picture the price for many recyclables has plummeted, which ultimately will mean that more recyclables are placed in the landfill or consumers will foot more of the bill to recycle. (Eager Law)

Americans spent $230 million on doughnuts last year.  According to Square, Inc., nearly 100 million were sold in the U.S. in 2017. Americans spent 37% more on doughnuts last year over the previous year.

US companies are set to pour $2.5 trillion into buybacks, dividends and M&A this year according to UBS.
The moves should help boost a stock market that has been stuck in neutral for much of the year. May set a record for share repurchases. UBS expects dividend issuance to top $500 billion, buybacks to range from $700 billion to $800 billion, and M&A to constitute about $1.3 trillion.

McDonald's will upgrade 1,000 stores with kiosk and mobile order technology every quarter for the next eight to nine quarters. They are exploring delivery in the U.S. (CNBC)

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wage rates will increase 25 to 50 cents an hour. It will cost the company about $110 million to $120 million a year before taxes. 90 percent of Costco's employees are paid hourly, and earn $22.50 an hour, on average, with access to health insurance benefits for which the company pays 90 percent of annual costs. (AP)
Costco reported quarterly results posting $32.36 billion in sales and membership revenue in the period a 12.1 percent increase.  Profits jumped 7 percent to $750 million. (Yahoo)

De Beers will open a $94 million lab-grown diamond plant in Gresham. Lightbox Jewelry, will sell the Oregon-grown diamonds for between $200 and $800. The full $94 million investment will be made over the next four years. (PBJ)

Apple has hired about 12 people in a hardware engineering lab in Washington County. (Oregon Live)

Bayer, the German drugmaker will retire Monsanto's name as it finishes the $63 billion takeover of the U.S. seeds maker. (CNBC)

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It's jobs report Friday: the next snapshot of the U.S. economy is likely to show another 189,000 jobs added in May, with the unemployment rate holding steady at 3.9% and average earnings expected to have risen 2.7% on an annualized basis. The nonfarm payrolls report will also cement expectations that the Fed will raise interest rates again in June, but chances for a fourth rate hike this year have dimmed to 27%, according to CME Group, down from around 50% last week. (SA)

Besides retaliatory tariffs from the European Union, the U.S. is facing "counter-balancing measures" from its northern and southern neighbors after imposing duties on steel and aluminum. Canada's levies will cover C$16.6B in imports, including whiskey, orange juice and other food products, alongside metal tariffs. Mexico's reciprocal measures will also target steel, as well as pork legs, apples, grapes and cheeses. (SA)

A round trip over in Italy - marking a dramatic recovery from a rout on Tuesday ignited by the specter of fresh elections and months of uncertainty.  The ugly drop has now almost entirely reversed.  The week's economic turmoil was driven by fractious politics, which appeared to be drawing to a close on Friday morning after a new Italian coalition government was agreed, although the new government still faces a confidence vote in parliament. (FT)

U.S. stocks rose sharply yesterday, rebounding from the previous day’s rout, as energy shares bounced back amid a rally for oil prices and worries over Italy’s political crisis faded.

The U.S. added 178,000 private-sector jobs in May,  ADP said Wednesday. April’s figure, meanwhile, was revised downward by 41,000 to 163,000, and March’s level was downwardly revised as well.  Hiring was spread across industries and company size. Medium-sized businesses — those with 50 to 499 employees — added 84,000 jobs, while large businesses added 56,000 positions and small ones added 38,000 employees.

The U.S. grew economy grew a touch softer in the first quarter than originally reported, mainly because of a slower buildup in inventories. Gross domestic product was trimmed to an annual 2.2% pace from 2.3%.

The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book came out and the Fed said the U.S. grew “moderately” from late April to early May in their latest evaluation of the economy, indicating the central bank remains firmly on track to raise interest rates next month. Although companies have responded to chronic shortages of skilled workers by boosting pay and overall compensation, the Fed found that “wage increases remained modest” in most of the country.

Political turmoil is pushing Italian yields higher, but not signaling broader crisis. Italian yields have spiked in recent days, with the 2-year yield moving from 0.46% on Friday May 25, to 2.2% currently; this after it was actually negative (-0.08%) two weeks ago. It is important to note however, that yields in Germany and France actually moved lower on this news. The fact that markets are using core European countries as a safe haven may indicate that they believe the issue is in Italy itself, and investors aren't concerned about the potential for broader contagion in the Eurozone at this point. (LPL)

The Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index has outperformed the broader Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Index year to date (-0.9% vs -2.2%) and since the beginning of 2017 (4.5% vs 1.2%). (LPL)

Microsoft is up 40% over the last 12 months and is now worth $749 billion and is the world's third most valuable company behind Apple and Amazon. (CNBC)

Dick's Sporting Goods beat forecasts by 7 cents a share, with adjusted quarterly profit of 52 cents per share. Revenue also came in above forecasts. Comparable-store sales fell more than expected, but Dick's also raised its full-year outlook largely above Street's forecast. (AP)

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Stocks are sharply lower with much of the unrest coming out of Europe amid uncertainty over Italy's political direction. The euro is at 6-1/2 month lows. (CNBC)

Durable-goods orders fell 1.7% April, mostly from a decline in contracts for planes. Orders minus transportation rose 0.9%. (AP)

Oil below $70/barrel on supply concerns. U.S. benchmark crude prices was down nearly 3% last Friday as traders digested reports that OPEC, Russia, and others are in discussions to potentially increase production by up to 1 million barrels/day. The news comes on the heels of an announcement from the International Energy Agency last week that the supply glut is gone and the run-up in oil prices is starting to impact consumer demand. (LPL)

According to Reuters, Qualcomm will meet with Chinese regulators in Beijing this week, as it seeks to get final clearance for its $44 billion deal to acquire NXP Semiconductors. (CNBC)

Coca-Cola is selling its first alcoholic product called Lemon-Do to consumers of Japan. The lemon-flavored drink will be available with 3%, 5% and 7% alcohol. (Fortune)

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More trade ups and downs. President Trump ordered an investigation into whether auto and truck imports weaken the U.S. economy and threaten national security, which sparked a response from a Chinese official suggesting the move represented an abuse of trade rules. Though likely another part of the administration's negotiation strategy, it may lead to new tariffs on foreign cars. (LPL)


The U.S. economy is still chugging along. The Markit Purchasing Managers' Index showed both the U.S. services and manufacturing sectors continued to expand last month. Manufacturing activity registered its highest reading since September 2014, with manufacturers intending to boost production in the near term. Backlogs of work on the services side hit levels not seen since March 2015, though new business ticked modestly lower. Input costs in both sectors rose at the fastest pace in almost five years as inflationary pressures continue to mount, but overall the data remain solidly in expansionary territory year. (LPL)


Ross Stores beat estimates by 3 cents with quarterly profit of $1.10 per share, with the discount retailer's revenue in line with forecasts. (CNBC)


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S&P 500 is down 6 and the NASDAQ is down 1. The MSCI international index is lower.

Oil is down $1.61 at $69.10 a barrel.

Gold is down $1 at $1304 a Troy ounce.


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Is Turkey a canary in the coal mine? Turkey's currency, the lira, has lost over 20% versus the dollar since the start of the year and dropped as much as 5% overnight on Tuesday, as market participants' worries about the state of Turkey's economy rose. (LPL)


Uber announced its first-quarter financials, reporting strong sales growth. Uber plans to sell between $400 million and $600 million in stock at $40 per share to investors. (CNBC)


Best Buy's same store sales rose 7.1% in the first quarter.

Domestic online comparable sales growth was 12% in the U.S.. Best Buy has about 15% of the U.S. consumer electronics market. (Reuters)


Hormel Foods, makers of Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and other foods, reported quarterly earnings of $237.4 million. Revenue was $2.33 billion in the period. Hormel shares have dropped almost 2% since the beginning of the year. (AP)


Procter & Gamble says it will continue investing in Russian plants in the coming years, despite increasing risks due to deteriorating U.S.-Russian relations. (AP)


S&P 500 is down 6 and the NASDAQ is down 7. The MSCI international index is lower.

Oil is down 91 cents at $71.00 a barrel.

Gold is up $7 at $1296 a Troy ounce.

The 10-year Treasury yield again broached the 3% level last week, and unlike previous instances, it managed to stay above that level for the entire week, indicating Treasuries may have moved into a new range. (LPL)

The Russell 2000 closed at yet another new all-time high this week. For the year, there have been 14 new highs for the Russell 2000 and 14 for the S&P 500 Index. The Russell 2000 is up 6.6% for the year, versus a 2.2% gain for the S&P 500. Sparking the strength in small caps has been a better economy, tax reform, fear over trade tariffs, and a stronger U.S. dollar. (LPL)

Marvin Ellison, J.C. Penney chairman and CEO is leaving the retailer to become CEO at Lowe's. Prior to J.C. Penney, Ellison worked more than 12 years at Home Depot. (CNBC)

Is the next U.S. recession just around the corner? In a survey of 100 economists and real estate experts sponsored by Zillow nearly half expect the next recession to begin sometime in 2020. (AP)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers earned 69 cents per share last quarter. Revenue was also short of estimates. Same store sales dropped 0.9%. (CNBC)

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Yesterday the S&P 500 gained 0.7% closing at 2,733 as industrials jumped 1.5%. The Nasdaq climbed 0.5% to 7,394.

Over the last week, forward-four-quarter estimates for the S&P 500 Index rose 0.6%. With 464 S&P companies having reported, first quarter S&P 500 earnings are tracking to a 26.2% year-over-year increase, while 79% of companies have exceeded earnings targets. (LPL)

The U.S. dollar has come back strongly over the past several months. After losing nearly 10% in 2017 and an additional 4% in January, the U.S. Dollar Index has rallied more than 5% off its February lows. Gains have been driven by several factors, particularly rising U.S. interest rates, partially due to increasing Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike expectations, and repatriation of overseas profits as prescribed by the new U.S. tax law. (LPL)

Hasbro, the maker of the iconic Play-Doh has successfully trademarked that musky, sweet vanilla scent of childhood.
Few tweaks have been made to Play-Doh's recipe since its inception in 1956, and its scent has always been one of its main differentiation from other clay competitors.(CNBC)

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Wells Fargo employees improperly altered customer documents trying to comply with a regulatory consent order over anti-money laundering controls. (Wall Street Journal)

A slow walk to the gallows? J.C. Penney reported first quarter results. Revenue fell about 4.3% to $2.58 billion. Same-store sales rose 0.2% but were short of analysts' forecast of 2% growth. Penney's lost $78 million, or 25 cents per share. (Reuters)

The Conference Board's Leading Economic Index gained 0.4% to 109.4 in April and has climbed for the last six months. The index measures 10 key metrics of economic movement and projects US economic conditions for the next 6 to 12 months.

General Electric has made a deal to merge its transportation business with rail industry equipment maker Wabtec (Reuters).

Microsoft has bought Semantic Machines, an artificial intelligence start-up. The company did not disclose any financial details of the acquisition. (CNBC)

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New applications for unemployment benefits were reported at 222,000 this week. Claims remain near 40-year lows. (LPL)

Japan's streak of positive GDP growth quarters comes to an end. After eight straight quarters of growth, the longest streak in nearly 30 years, Japan's gross domestic product contracted in the first quarter. (LPL)

According to the Centers for Disease Control US births hit lowest number since 1987: American women are having children at the lowest rate on record, with the number of babies born in the U.S. last year dropping to a 30-year low. 3.85 million babies were born last year, down 2% from 2016.

Argentina's currency stabilized as their central bank declined to support the peso, which has plunged about 16% this month. Argentina is seeking a loan from the IMF and is the Greece of Latin America. (Reuters)

Nordstrom had quarterly profits of 51 cents per share beating estimates by 8 cents. They also beat on sales. But same store sales growth was disappointing. The stock was sinking in early trading. (CNBC)

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The Commerce Department says housing starts dropped 3.7% in April. Building permits fell 1.8%.

The Federal Reserve said U.S. factory output rose in April by 0.7%. Manufacturing output rose 0.5%. A 2.3% increase in machinery production bolstered the overall gain in factory output. In the last year industrial output is up 3.5%. Industrial capacity in use rose 78%.

Economic growth forecasts tracking above 3%. With half of the second quarter now in the rearview, consensus forecasts are tracking to 3.1% gross domestic product growth for this quarter, while forecasts from the Atlanta and New York Federal Reserve Bank's show 4.1% and 3.1%, respectively. With economic surprises, on average, being to the upside, second quarter growth exceeding 3.0% would represent a very solid quarter and push full-year growth nearer to the 2.75-3.0% range. (LPL)

Jack In The Box had profits of 80 cents per share falling 6 cents short of estimates. The burger joints sales also missed. (Yahoo)

Microsoft has a new Xbox controller with customizable features for disabled gamers. It's set to launch later this year. (CNBC)

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The yield on the 10-year Treasury note hit its highest level since 2011 and the two-year yield hit its highest mark since 2008 on Tuesday. The 10-year hit 3.07% and the two-year yield hit a high of 2.59%. (AP)

The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.3% last month after jumping 0.8% in March. Retail sales have increased 4.7% from a year ago. Consumer spending, accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity. In April, auto sales edged up 0.1%, receipts at service stations jumped 0.8% and sales at restaurants and bars fell 0.3%. (Reuters)

The average mortgage contract rate on the 30-year fixed ended Tuesday at 4.88% for the highest creditworthy borrowers and 5% for the average borrower, the highest level in seven years. (CNBC)

Macy's reported first quarter profits of 48 cents per share on revenue of $5.5 billion. Same-store sales increased 4.2%. Shares are up about 13% in early trading. (AP)

Yum Brands owned Pizza Hut will become the largest pizza chain in Latin America and the Caribbean, after signing a franchise agreement with Spain's Telepizza Group. (CNBC)

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An outstanding first quarter earnings season is winding down. With 455 S&P 500 Index companies having reported first quarter 2018 results, earnings are tracking to a 26% year-over-year increase. The new tax law is giving earnings a big lift. Revenue has also been strong, tracking to an 8.2% year-over-year increase. (LPL)

Oil prices are likely to stabilize. Oil prices have been pushing higher in the wake of the U.S. withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, but prices are likely to stabilize as oil markets absorb the news. Impacts of the U.S. sanctions is 200,000 to 1 million barrels a day, but U.S. producers should be able to make up much of the gap. Consumers bear the brunt of higher oil prices, especially those on the lower end of the income spectrum who spend a larger percentage of their income on fuel, but the impact of price changes thus far are small compared to the benefits of the new tax law. (LPL)

Alaska Airlines will close its New York base and reinforce its West Coast fleet. They are asking more than 100 pilots to relocate to California. Alaska currently operates five flights a day from JFK to both LAX and SFO. (CNBC)

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NFIB’s Small Business Economic Trends Survey saw the 17th consecutive month of historically high readings in April. Never in the history of this survey have we seen profit trends so high. The optimism small businesses owners have about the economy is turning into new job creation, increased wages and benefits, and investment.

Congressional Quarterly reported the US Department of Agriculture proposed a rule which would mandate labeling of foods that “contain genetically modified crops or ingredients.”

Ford plans to resume production of the F-150 pickup truck on Friday. F-150 plants stopped production last week because of parts shortages caused by a fire at a factory of a key supplier. (CNBC)

Xerox has dumped its planned $6.1 billion deal with Japan's Fujifilm. Fujifilm said it was considering its options, including legal action to seek damages. (Reuters)

Walmart may take India-based e-commerce company Flipkart public in four years. Walmart announced last week it would pay $16 billion for a 77% stake in Flipkart. (CNBC)

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Stocks were higher yesterday, and Apple hit a record high, as tepid inflation data eased worries of faster interest rate hikes this year.  

The U.S. Labor Department's consumer price index increased 0.2 percent in April, less than economists' expectations, as rising costs for gasoline and rental accommodation were tempered by a moderation in healthcare prices.
Core CPI, which excludes food and energy components, edged up 0.1 percent in April, slower than the previous two months, and did little to alter traders' expectations of a June rate hike.

So far, 444 S&P 500 companies have posted earnings and those companies are showing profit growth of 24.5% from the same period a year ago and 9.3% growth in revenues. Almost 78% of those companies beat per-share earnings-per-share estimates, while 75% beat revenue estimates.

On the eve of Mother’s Day weekend, Americans are expected to spend $23 Billion on Mom this weekend or $180 apiece.  It turns out that Mom doesn’t want the Brunch or the present.  What she really wants is to be left alone according to a survey on the website Moneyish.

U.S. stocks traded higher yesterday, led by sharp rallies in energy, financials and industrials sectors.  Energy stocks were boosted by President Donald Trump’s decision a day earlier to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal and resume sanctions against the oil-producing nation.

Shares of Walmart fell 2.9% after the retail giant said it was taking control of India’s largest e-commerce company, Flipkart Group, for $16 billion, as the Bentonville, Ark.-based company tries to fend off Amazon at home and abroad.

Oil prices and the U.S. dollar are rallying in tandem—a dynamic that has only occurred 11 times since 1983, and it’s drawing the attention of market participants because it’s not supposed to happen. The coordinated run-up is rare because a stronger dollar makes commodities priced in the currency more expensive to users of other currencies. So a stronger dollar tends to be a headwind for commodity prices.

Shares solar companies jumped nearly 6% Wednesday on news that California regulators approved new building standards that will require new homes built in the state to have solar panels starting in 2020, the first state to do so.

U.S. stocks ended flat yesterday, in rocky trading, after President Donald Trump, as expected, said he is removing the U.S. from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

Shares of Disney traded higher after the company stronger-than-expected profit and sales yesterday afternoon, with the biggest beat coming from the company's movie-studio arm after the huge success of "Black Panther." Disney reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $2.94 billion, or $1.95 a share, on sales of $14.55 billion, up from $13.34 billion a year ago. After adjustments for comparability to previous quarters, Disney claimed earnings of $1.84 a share, up from $1.50 a year ago.

The big pickup in job openings has done what’s not been accomplished in the nearly two-decades — there’s now a job opening for every unemployed worker.
According to the latest data from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, there were 6.55 million job openings in March. In March, there were 6.59 million unemployed, meaning there are 1.01 unemployed workers for every job.  During the financial crisis there were 6.7 unemployed people for every job opening.

The 2 year Treasury note now yields 2.513% marking it’s highest yield in 10 years and flattens the yield curve even more as the long end of the curve remained unchanged.

Earnings season has been a success by virtually any measure, with an impressive upside surprise, very strong growth, and positive guidance overall. With 409 S&P 500 companies having reported, S&P 500 earnings for the first quarter are tracking to a nearly 26% year-over-year increase. The revenue picture is similarly positive producing an 8.4% annual increase. The earnings parade slows down this week with just 44 S&P 500 companies slated to report. (LPL)

The current economic expansion has reached 107 months, topping the 106-month expansion from the 1960s to make it the second longest since World War II. Only the 120-month expansion during the 1990s was longer. (LPL)

Oil tops $70/barrel. The potential for reinstatement of Iran sanctions pushed WTI crude over $70 for the first time since November 2014. Venezuelan production disruptions and Saudi Arabia's stated preference for an $80 price per barrel, on top of strong global demand and an easing inventory glut, have pushed U.S. oil to fresh multi-year highs despite recent strength in the U.S. dollar. (LPL)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The U.S. economy created 164,000 jobs in March. The overall employment level ticked higher as the labor force participation rate fell to 62.8%, pushing the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.9%. Wages grew 0.1% month over month in April, slightly below expectations of 0.2% growth, to put year-over-year wage growth at 2.6%. (LPL)

The Institute for Supply Management's Non-Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 56.8 in April, a decline from March's 58.8. Nevertheless, some of the background data showed potential for continued strength. The new orders subindex, which tends to lead future activity, climbed to 60. Service sector expansion remains healthy following a very strong first quarter and the data remain consistent with steady growth. (LPL)

Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion for the rights to sell their products around the world. Nestle is taking on about 500 Starbucks employees as part of the deal. (Reuters)

Problems continue for Wells Fargo as they settled a class action securities fraud lawsuit with shareholders for $480 million, in a case stemming from "misstatements and omissions" regarding its sales practices. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Proving it isn’t over till the fat lady sings, the Dow Jones industrial average erased a nearly 400-point loss yesterday snapping a four-day losing streak. The S&P 500 closed down 0.23% after dropping as much as 1.6%. The Nasdaq fell 0.18% after dropping more than 1%. (CNBC)

The Department of Labor says the US economy added 164,000 jobs in March.  The private sector added 168,000 of those jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 3.9%.

The Commerce Department says the trade deficit slid to $49 billion, down from $57.7 billion in February and lowest since September. Exports rose in March to a record $208.5 billion, led by shipments of civilian aircraft and soybeans. Imports slipped 1.8% to $257.5 billion. The trade gap is up 18.5% to $163.4 billion so far this year.

Worker productivity increased in the first quarter at a 0.7% annualized rate. Unit labor costs, the price of labor per single unit of output, rose at a 2.7% pace in the first quarter. (AP)

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With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Wednesday’s sell-off left the Dow Jones in correction territory with losses in 9 of the past 11 sessions. The Nasdaq has declined 7 of the past 10 days, with the S&P 500 down in two of the past three days. (CNBC)

Fired Nike executive David Reichert has pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud.  He defrauded Nike of more than $550,000. Prosecutors will ask that he serve 1 ½ years in prison and pay $400,000 in restitution. (OregonLive)

Eurozone April Manufacturing PMI came in at 56.2, the lowest it has been since March 2017. A strong euro, flu season, and weather were all named as potential reasons for the weaker data. Turning to China, their Manufacturing PMI was 51.1 last month, better than expected. (LPL)

Private companies added 204,000 jobs in April, according to the ADP jobs report. Service-related industries created 160,000 jobs while goods producers added 44,000, including 27,000 in construction.

Ahead of tomorrows big job report, LinkedIn Workforce Report says hiring jumped 19.8% percent in April. The report noted that employers report a need of people with marketing skills. (CNBC)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Sell in May and go away? Since 1950, S&P 500 performance May through October, the worst 6 months, is up 1.5% on average and higher 63.2% of time. (LPL)

Deschutes Brewery CEO Michael LaLonde recently told the Bend Bulletin, “I believe cannabis has affected (beer) sales ….. (as cannabis users) don’t consume as much alcohol.” Deschutes saw its first sales decline ever in 2017.

Texas oil production jumped to 4.01 million barrels a day in February, up almost 21% from a year earlier, according to the Energy Information Administration, the highest since 1981. That helped push total U.S. crude output in February up 2.6% to a new record of 10.3 million bpd.

The ISM says its index of national factory activity dropped to a reading of 57.3 last month from 59.3 in March. A reading above 50 indicates growth in manufacturing, which accounts for about 12% of the U.S. economy. (CNBC)

You know I love my treats, so good news for us Oreo fans. The parent company Mondelez will begin rolling out three limited-edition flavors, cherry cola, kettle corn and pina colada. (USA Today)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Google has invested $10.5 billion building data centers across the country since 2006. Google opened its third data center in The Dalles, Oregon in February and now employs 200 there. The Dalles received about $937,000 in electricity franchise fees in 2017. (OregonLive)

The Fed begins a two-day policy meeting this morning, with an interest rate decision and policy statement set for tomorrow at 11 PST. No rate hike is expected this time, and there's no post-meeting news conference. (CNBC)

The Commerce Department reported consumer prices jumped 2.0% year-on-year in March. That was the biggest gain since February 2017.

The Commerce Department's also reported consumer spending increased 0.4% in March. Consumer spending grew at a 1.1% annualized rate. The slowest in nearly five years.

Wages gained 0.2% in March. Savings fell in March, as the saving rate slipped to 3.1%.

With 267 S&P 500 Index companies having reported earnings for the quarter are tracking to a 24.6% year-over-year increase.

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The U.S. economy grew at 2.3% in the first quarter, better than the consensus estimate of 2.0% but a slowdown from the near 3% growth of the prior three quarters. Persistent problems with seasonal adjustment of first quarter data and a lull in consumer activity weighed on first quarter growth. We expect U.S. growth to accelerate over the rest of the year as these temporary factors roll off, with a strong job market, fiscal stimulus, and consumer and business spending providing potential support for global demand. (LPL)

First quarter inflation data was as expected. The core personal consumption expenditures (PCE) reading for March of +2.5% was in line with consensus forecasts and up from +1.9% in the fourth quarter. Another inflation measure the Fed follows, the Employment Cost Index, rose 0.8% quarter over quarter. Private sector wages and salaries rose 2.9% year over year, the most of the expansion and following a 2.8% increase in the previous quarter. (LPL)

Wells Fargo is facing another Labor Department investigation of its retirement plan services unit. The review centers on whether the bank has been pushing participants in low cost 401(k) plans to roll holdings into more expensive IRAs at the bank. (WSJ)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The Commerce Department says orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rose 2.6% overall in March, but spending that tracks business investment spending fell for the third month out of the past four.

First quarter earnings results have been excellent so far, with about 30% of S&P 500 companies having reported. Earnings are tracking to a 22% year-over-year increase, well above the 18.5% increase expected. Revenue growth is tracking to a solid 7.7% year-over-year increase. (LPL)

International developed equities have outperformed slightly year to date. The weak dollar explains virtually all of the outperformance vs. the S&P 500. Still, international diversification has generally helped buoy portfolios this year, which has not been the case in recent years and is encouraging. (LPL)

Intel, Oregon’s largest employer, reported first-quarter net income of $4.45 billion. The world's largest chipmaker posted revenue of $16.07 billion. Intel shares have climbed 15% since the beginning of the year. (AP)

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With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

The Leading Economic Index (LEI) jumped 0.3% in March, after being up 0.7% in February and 0.8% in January. This index shows a picture of future economic health. This shows little reason to expect a recession over the next 12 months. Year over year, this index is up +6.2%, well above the negative year-over-year signal that has preceded every recession going back to the early 1970s.

Portland’s ESCO Corp has sold to the Scottish Weir Group for $1.29 billion. ESCO makes equipment for surface mining and construction. Weir said the deal will improve its presence in those markets. The privately held ESCO employs about 3,000 people, including 350 in Portland. ESCO's sales totaled $632 million last year. ESCO has 10 factories, six foundries and 22 service centers in 19 different countries. (OregonLive)

The craft beer market may have reached maturity. Bend's Deschutes Brewery has announced that it would delay, and possibly scale back development of its east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia. In explaining the decision, Deschutes pointed to a dip in sales last year, following a softening beer market generally. (EagerLaw)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Comcast has formalized its offer for British broadcaster Sky, along with commitments to maintain its annual budget and editorial board independence, in a deal valued at about $31B. Comcast said the "superior" cash bid was a 16% premium to the existing offer from Twenty-First Century Fox which has also been trying to buy the 61% of Sky that it doesn't already own (WSJ).

How does your bonus stack up? Google CEO Sundar Pichai was awarded 353,939 restricted shares before being promoted in 2014, those vest today. Currently worth about $380M, it's one of the largest single payouts to a public company executive in recent years. Alphabet's stock has surged 90% since the grant date, compared with a 39% advance of the S&P 500. (SA)

Boeing increased full-year earnings guidance citing a positive market outlook across its defense and aerospace businesses, after reporting first-quarter results well above market expectations. Defense contractor Northrup Grumman similarly reported a strong start to the year, as it benefited from the push by the US government to upgrade its military hardware and modernize its IT platforms.  Facebook is also slated to report later today in one of the most anticipated earnings calls of the year (FT)

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We're in the thick of earnings season, and it's been very strong so far- Robust demand for construction equipment in North America along with the recent upswing in oil prices helped Caterpillar bulldoze past Wall Street's sales and profits expectations for the first quarter this morning.  Similar news from United Technologies, which makes everything from airplane engines to elevators, first quarter sales of $15.2bn were up 10 per cent over the prior year, comfortably exceeding market expectations.  Even more of a surprise, Coca-Cola reported better than forecasted sales and profits in the first quarter, as the fizzy drinks maker cuts prices and adapts its portfolio away from soda to stoke growth. (FT)

Speaking of earnings, this quarter stocks have been unusually non-reactive to earnings reports:  Companies that reported stronger-than-expected earnings have seen their shares on average rise by just 1/10 of a % two days before the earnings release through two days after, well below the five-year average increase of 1.1%. (WSJ)

A Silicon Valley company bought Portland-based Viewpoint Construction Software for $1.2 billion in cash yesterday. It appears to be the biggest deal ever for a Portland tech company.  The buyer is Trimble, which makes technology for the construction, agriculture and transportation markets. The California company reported revenue of $2.7 billion last year and said it expects about $200 million in additional revenue from the Viewpoint acquisition in 2018 (Oregonian).  

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Josh Fenili.

The yield on the Ten year US Treasury note was on the cusp of 3% for the first time in more than four years this morning, as concerns about inflation have returned to the market.  Oil’s move above $70/barrel and rising metal prices have fanned inflation worries, which for much of the post-financial crisis period has remained subdued and helped sustain a rally in bonds. (FT)
Dollar bulls are back for now - the Greenback climbed to its highest level I a month and a half this morning, with investors bidding up the currency ahead of a slate of key economic events later this week, including most notably US GDP figures due Friday (SA).
Nearly 200 companies listed on the S&p500 are slated to report results this week from companies including Amazon, Facebook, Lockheed Martin, American Airlines, and Exxon Mobil.  Earnings are up over 20% so far year-on-year this quarter, with revenues up 7.5% on average. (WSJ)
The S&P 500 is up 3, and the NASDAQ is up 18.  The MSCI international index is down about 15/100 of a %.
Oil is down $1.10 at $67.30 a barrel. 
Gold is down $10 at $1328 an ounce.
With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management a Registered Investment Advisor I am Josh Fenili.

Hillsboro based Phoseon Technology, maker of semiconductor light for industrial applications, will expand its factory by more than 50%. Their work force has grown from 125 to 175 over the past two years. (OregonLive)

Market breadth appears to be in favor of the bulls. There are signs that the 2018 bottom for U.S. equities has may have taken place. We like to look at advance/decline (A/D) lines to gauge overall market strength, as this shows how many stocks are going up versus down. In healthy markets, we want to see higher trending A/D lines as a sign of underlying market strength. This week we are seeing that. (LPL)

The Mortgage Bankers Association says applications to refinance a home loan are nearly 10% lower than a year ago. Mortgage applications to purchase a home are 10% higher than a year ago.

Procter & Gamble, whose brands include Pampers diapers and Gillette razors, is buying the consumer health business of Germany's Merck for $4.2 billion. (Reuters)

Nike's vice president of footwear, Greg Thompson, has left the company, the latest in a series of executive departures at the sportswear maker. (Reuters)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

Gross domestic product (GDP) in China rose +6.8% in the first quarter. (AP)

China's central bank announced a surprise cut in bank reserve requirements, reducing the amount of cash most commercial and foreign banks must hold in order to pay back loans obtained via the central bank's medium-term lending facility. The move is intended to free up lending for smaller firms. (LPL)

The S&P 500 Index has closed above previous resistance of 2675. The move through this level is noteworthy. Fundamentally, we remain positive on earnings gains propelling market gains in 2018. (LPL)
The Commerce Department said housing starts rose 1.9%. Despite the rebound in homebuilding last month, activity appears to be slowing. Single-family homebuilding, which accounts for the largest share of the housing market, fell 3.7%. (CNBC)

U.S. pork exporters will soon be free to ship meat to Argentina for the first time in 26 years after the two countries thrashed out an agreement to overturn an Argentinian import ban. (Reuters)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.

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