Weekly Wrap-Up

Last Week In Markets: May 31 - Jun 04 2021

Fisher Investments recaps the biggest market, political and economic news from last week, including the final US readings for May’s Markit Manufacturing and Services Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs), UK April money supply growth, and Japan's preliminary April industrial production numbers.

In the US, the final reading for May’s Markit Manufacturing and Services Purchasing Managers’ Indexes (PMIs) readings came in at 62.1 and 70.4, respectively, with both figures modestly beating analyst forecasts. (Readings over 50 indicate expansion) While these readings and others globally grabbed headlines, we caution investors from dwelling on them. PMIs are still backward-looking and mostly confirm what was already expected—an initial boost tied to economic re-openings. We think markets are looking far beyond what these data show and suggest investors do the same. For more, please see our 6/4/2021 commentary, “The Record-Setting May Economic Data That Should Bore You.” Unemployment rate fell to 5.8%, slightly lower than estimates. May nonfarm payrolls grew by 559,000, missing estimates but increasing from April’s 278,000.

In the UK, data were light. The final May CIPS Manufacturing and Services PMI figures were 65.6 and 62.9, respectively. April money supply (M4) increased 9.1% y/y and 0.1% m/m. In the eurozone, the final May Markit Manufacturing and Services PMI readings improved to 63.1 and 55.2, respectively—both beating expectations. April retail sales grew 23.9% y/y (in part due to April 2020’s low base) and fell 3.1% m/m. April unemployment fell slightly to 8.0%. April money supply (M3) grew 9.2% y/y—slightly missing expectations. May core consumer prices (excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco) rose 0.9% y/y.

In Japan, the final readings of May’s Jibun Bank Manufacturing and Services PMIs came in at 53.0 and 46.5, respectively. Preliminary April industrial production rose 15.4% y/y and 2.5% m/m. Preliminary April retail sales grew 12.0% y/y though fell 4.5% m/m. In China, May Caixin Manufacturing and Services PMIs came in at 52.0 and 55.1.

The Week Ahead:

The US and China report May consumer prices. The US also announces April trade data. The UK releases April industrial and manufacturing production figures. The eurozone posts its third estimate of Q1 2021 GDP readings, and the European Central Bank (ECB) meets to set interest rates. China reports May trade data and money supply (M2) figures. Japan announces its second estimate of Q1 2021 GDP and preliminary May money supply (M2) readings.

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