Weekly Commentary — 7/29/19
The Week on Wall Street
Last week, investors assessed earnings and the initial estimate of second-quarter economic growth while awaiting the Federal Reserve’s next announcement about interest rates.
Stocks rose for the week; particularly, tech shares. The S&P 500 gained 1.65%; the Nasdaq Composite, 2.26%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lagged, adding just 0.14%. MSCI’s EAFE index, a gauge of equity performance in developed foreign markets, ticked up 0.01%.,
Economy Grew Moderately in Q2
Analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires had forecast 2.0% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter. The actual estimate, announced Friday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, was slightly better at 2.1%.
While this is the poorest quarterly GDP number since the opening quarter of 2017, the decline in GDP largely reflects a decrease in business investment. Consumer spending improved by 4.3% in Q2, and government spending rose 5.0%, which was the biggest quarterly gain in a decade.
China Trade Talks to Restart
U.S. trade delegates are scheduled to resume face-to-face negotiations with their Chinese counterparts, starting Tuesday in Shanghai.
This renewed effort to forge a bilateral trade pact could go on for some time. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, who is part of the U.S. delegation, told reporters last week that it would likely take “a few more meetings” before any kind of accord can be considered.
Wednesday at about 2:00pm EST, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to conclude its July meeting. Wall Street is eager to see what the Fed will do with interest rates. The question is whether traders have priced in expectations of a cut and how they may react if no cut comes.
THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Tuesday: The federal government’s June personal spending report and the Conference Board’s monthly index of consumer confidence.
Wednesday: The Federal Reserve presents its latest statement on interest rates and monetary policy, and payroll titan ADP offers its July private-sector employment snapshot.
Thursday: The latest report on American manufacturing from the Institute for Supply Management.
Friday: July jobs data from the Department of Labor, and the University of Michigan’s final July Consumer Sentiment Index, measuring household confidence in the economy.
Source: Econoday / MarketWatch Calendar, July 26, 2019
THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Monday: RingCentral (RNG)
Tuesday: Apple (APPL), Mastercard (MA), Merck (MRK), Pfizer (PFE), Procter & Gamble (PG)
Wednesday: General Electric (GE), Qualcomm (QCOM)
Thursday: Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), Verizon (VZ)
Friday: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B), Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), Toyota (TM)
Source: Zacks, July 26, 2019
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Tax Tips for Students with Summer Jobs
Do you have a child or grandchild working this summer? Well, you might want to share the following tax tips with them!
- If they have a self-employed job this summer, such as being a nanny, babysitter, or landscaper, they may have to pay their estimated taxdirectly to the IRS because they won’t have an employer withholding taxes for them.
- In addition, these self-employed students may be able to deduct some of their costs as business expenses. Tell your children or grandchildren to keep detailed records of their expenses this summer.
- Remember, tip income is taxable too (even if it’s cash).
- Although your little summer worker might not earn enough to owe income tax, they will likely still owe Social Security and Medicare taxes. Most employers will withhold these taxes or if they’re self-employed, they might have to pay these taxes themselves.
Do you know a young person trying to earn a little extra income this summer? Share these tips with them to make sure they are up on their tax requirements.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov
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