BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
In this morning’s data, Retail Sales for October rose 0.3% slightly higher than the 0.2% expected. Strength was seen in autos and non-store retailers. The Control Group, which excludes sales for food, autos, building materials and gas stations, also rose 0.3% in October, matching forecasts. However, the control group for the previous month was revised lower to -0.1%. Overall, even with the previous month revised lower, consumers continue to carry the load for the economy as the manufacturing sector and business investment have waned in recent months. Uncertainties surrounding trade negotiations, impeachment hearings, the upcoming election, and “Brexit” will likely continue to weigh on the minds of business leaders in the months ahead. As a result, the consumer will remain in focus, especially as we head into the holiday season. In all, bond yields have ticked slightly lower following the report and equity futures are higher heading into the market open.
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