Remember that you can gift up to $14,000 to as many people as you wish in 2016. This year, gift tax only applies after lifetime gifts exceed $5.45 million.


Unemployment fell to 4.9% in October as firms added 161,000 net new workers, but that was just one positive from the Department of Labor’s latest summary of the U.S. employment situation. Year-over-year wage growth reached 2.8%, the best number seen since June 2009, as average hourly pay rose ten cents last month. The U-6 rate (underemployment + unemployment) fell 0.2% to 9.5%. In addition, hiring totals across August and September were revised higher by 44,000.1


The ninth month of 2016 saw gains of 0.5% in personal spending and 0.3% in personal incomes, the Commerce Department reported last week. Adjusted for inflation, consumer spending advanced 0.3% for September, as opposed to retreating 0.2% in August.2


The Institute for Supply Management’s twin barometers of the U.S. manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors were both comfortably above the 50-mark showing growth in October. ISM’s factory purchasing managers index came in at 51.9, up 0.4 points; its service sector PMI declined 2.3 points to 54.8.3


The Federal Reserve left interest rates alone last week, just as many analysts predicted – but investors were more concerned with the upcoming presidential election and earnings, and those anxieties certainly impeded the bulls. Across five days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.50% to 17,888.28; the S&P 500, 1.94% to 2,085.18; and the Nasdaq Composite, 2.77% to 5,046.37.1,4


Earnings from AMC Entertainment, Dean Foods, Hertz Global, Marriott International, MGM Resorts, Priceline, Rosetta Stone, and Scripps Networks arrive Monday. Tuesday is Election Day, with CVS Health, D.R. Horton, and TripAdvisor joining the fall earnings parade. Wednesday, Wall Street looks at earnings from AmeriGas, Clear Channel Outdoor, Coty, Energizer, Green Dot, Magellan Health, NetEase, Norwegian Cruise Line, Popeye’s, Viacom, and Wendy’s. A new initial claims report comes out Thursday, plus earnings from Kohl’s, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Nordstrom, Nvidia, Ralph Lauren, Sigma Labs, and Walt Disney Co. This Friday is Veterans Day: the stock market is open, the bond market is closed, November’s initial University of Michigan consumer sentiment index appears, and J.C. Penney and Weibo release Q3 results.

Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 11/4/164,5,6,7

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2 – reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN12V1BM [10/31/16]

3 – instituteforsupplymanagement.org/ISMReport/NonMfgROB.cfm [11/3/16]

4 – markets.wsj.com/us [11/4/16]

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5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=11%2F4%2F15&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=11%2F4%2F11&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=11%2F4%2F11&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=11%2F4%2F11&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=11%2F3%2F06&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=11%2F3%2F06&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

5 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=11%2F3%2F06&x=0&y=0 [11/4/16]

6 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [11/4/16]

7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [11/4/16]

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