Weekly Economic Review: The Stock Market Climbs Again

Posted by Laine Smith on 2/14/15 9:31 AM

Topics: Economy

It was a quiet week in the economy. Retail sales dropped in January but are still up over 3% from a year ago. The stock market had another nice week, rising 2.02% from the week prior. Mortgage rates remained flat. 


Last week in the economy:

  • The S&P 500 started the week at 2,055 and rose 2.02% to end the week at 2,097.
  • Mortgage rates (The national average) rose 0.01% (1 basis point) last week. 
  • Retail Sales dropped 0.8% in January. Sales are up 3.3% from a year ago. 


What's on the economic calendar for the week of February 16, 2015

  • Monday: All markets are closed for the President's Day holiday
  • Wednesday: Housing Starts, the Producer Price Index, and Industrial Production will be released.
  • Thursday: Jobless claims will be released


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