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Two fathers and two sons went truffle hunting. Each found a truffle yet they found only three in all. Why?
Last week’s riddle: Six cups are lined up in a row. Cups 1-3 on the left are full of juice; cups 4-6 on the right are empty. How can you arrange this row so empty and full glasses alternate while moving only one cup in the process?
Last week’s answer:
Pour the juice from the second cup into the fifth cup.
August 9, 2010
UNEMPLOYMENT REMAINS AT 9.5% The American economy added 71,000 jobs in July but lost 202,000 others(143,000 of those positions were short-term Census Bureau hires). The private sector added 630,000 jobs during the first seven months of 2010; that 90,000 per month is far short of the 150,000 per month that would be commensurate with population growth. The bright spot: economists had presumed the jobless rate would edge up to 9.6% in July.1
ISM: MANUFACTURING & SERVICE SECTOR GROWING The Institute for Supply Management’s service sector index rose to 54.3 for July, a nice surprise (economists polled by Bloomberg had forecast a dip to 53.0). The new orders and employment components of the service sector index both showed growth. ISM’s manufacturing index came in at 55.5 for July, beating a Briefing.com consensus forecast of 54.2. (However, the Commerce Department noted that factory orders declined by 1.2% in July following a 1.0% fall in June.)2.3,4
SAVING OUTPACES SPENDING Personal spending and personal incomes were both flat last month according to the Commerce Department. The personal savings rate increased again to 6.4% - it has risen monthly since February, and it hasn’t been under 5.0% since October 2008. (During 2007, the personal savings rate averaged just 2.1%.) The good news is that households are accumulating cash reserves; the bad news is that the primary engine of the economy is subdued.5
FEWER HOMEBUYING CONTRACTS SIGNED IN JUNE Pending home sales decreased by 2.6% in June, according to the National Association of Realtors; the number was 19.0% below year-ago levels. The June dip may reflect buyers rushing to sign contracts before federal incentives could expire.6
15-YEAR FRMs BELOW 4.0%; 30-YEAR FRMs BELOW 4.5% Freddie Mac reported the average rate on a 30-year home loan at 4.49% last week; a year ago, the national average was 5.22%. Rates on 15-year FRMs were 3.95% last week, compared to 4.63% at this time in 2009.7
STOCKS GAIN FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK The DJIA rose 1.79% last week, the NASDAQ advanced 1.50%, and the S&P 500 gained 1.82%. At Friday’s closing bell, the S&P 500 was at 1,121.64, the NASDAQ at 2,288.47, and the Dow at 10,653.56.8
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