The market sentiment deteriorated amid fresh US-China tensions. Investors remain cautious as increasing virus cases may damage economic activity again.
American consumer spending rallies
In August, American consumer spending surged steadily, backing hopes for firm economic rally in the third quarter. Moreover, a measure of underlying inflation was still at the US key bank’s 2% objective for a fourth straight month.
On Friday, the Commerce Department disclosed that consumer spending, accounting for more than two-thirds of American economic activity, tacked on by 0.3% in August after July’s unrevised 0.4% leap. The previous month spending was powered by outlays on healthcare that compensated a sag in car sales.
August's rally in consumer spending appeared to be in line with experts’ estimates.
When updated for inflation, in August consumer spending added 0.2% having soared by 0.3% in July.
The report showed up on the heels of data on Thursday disclosing a dive in orders for primary capital products in August as well as a further extension of the products trade deficit that helped market experts to had their GDP estimates downgraded for the third quarter to a 2.8% annualized rate.
As a matter of fact, in the second quarter the American economy rallied at a 4.2% tempo, driven by firm consumer spending along with farmers front-loading soybean exports to China before this country’s retaliatory levies came into effect in July.
China and America are embroiled in a worsening trade conflict. Market experts have already warned that the increasingly bitter trade feud could impact consumer and business spending.
American Treasury yields kept to session minimums after the data. American stock index futures headed south, while the USD index surged versus a pack of key currencies.
Spending on goods surged by 0.3% in August, probably backed by higher gasoline prices. In July, spending on products ascended by 0.5%. As for outlays on services, they managed to rally by 0.4%.
Personal income added 0.3% in August.
Risk-on is back on the market. Riskier currencies and stocks are in favor. Gold is rising too as investors try to hedge.
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