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Weekly Market Insights

The Markets (as of market close August 12, 2022)

The stock market posted its fourth straight weekly advance, the longest consecutive weekly rally of 2022. Investors turned to stocks on the premise that the Federal Reserve may reduce the pace of its economic tightening campaign after three major indicators showed that inflation subsided in July. With this week's performance, the S&P 500 has recouped half of its losses from the beginning of the year. The Nasdaq has risen over 20.0% from its low in June. With corporate earnings season about finished, traders are now assessing the direction of the economy. Even if the Fed continues its hawkish push to get inflation down to the 2.0% target, the economy has thus far been resilient, with the labor market continuing to show strength while corporate earnings have been generally positive. Crude oil prices have remained under $100.00 per barrel for three weeks, gold prices have nearly recovered all their losses from the beginning of the year, and consumer sentiment is on the rise. By the end of last week, each of the benchmark indexes listed here climbed by at least 2.9%, led by the Russell 2000, which rose nearly 5.0%. Ten-year Treasury yields broke even, crude oil prices increased nearly 4.0%, gold prices advanced about 1.5%, and the dollar slipped marginally.

Wall Street began last week with mixed returns. Monday saw the Dow (0.1%), the Russell 2000 (1.0%), and the Global Dow (0.6%) post modest gains, while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 dipped 0.1%. Ten-year Treasury yields slid 7.5 basis points, falling to 2.76%. Crude oil climbed to $90.49 per barrel. The dollar fell, while gold prices surged $13.50 to $1,786.40 per ounce.

Stocks extended their losses last Tuesday ahead of the release of the July Consumer Price Index. The Nasdaq slumped 1.2% after a large computer chip manufacturer warned that its fourth-quarter revenue may not be as robust as forecast. The Russell 2000 fell 1.5%, the S&P 500 dipped 0.4%, the Dow and the Global Dow slid 0.2%. Ten-year Treasury yields increased to 2.79%. Crude oil prices changed minimally. The dollar declined, while gold prices continued to rally, adding another $5.90 to reach $1,811.10 per ounce.

Last Wednesday saw stocks climb and the dollar fall after a slower-than-expected inflation report. Investors may view the latest Consumer Price Index (see below) as supporting the notion that the Federal Reserve will ease its tightening and interest-rate hikes. The Russell 2000 (3.0%) and the Nasdaq (2.9%) led the benchmark indexes listed here, followed by the S&P 500 (2.1%), the Dow (1.6%), and the Global Dow (1.5%). Yields on 10-year Treasuries slipped minimally to 2.78%. The dollar fell over 1.0%. The rally in gold ended with prices falling $5.10 per ounce. Crude oil prices increased $1.06 to hit $91.56 per barrel.

Bond prices slid lower last Thursday, sending yields higher. Ten-year Treasury yields rose 10.2 basis points to reach 2.88%. Stocks ended the day mixed, with the Dow (0.1%), the Russell 2000 (0.3%), and the Global Dow (0.3%) gaining ground, while the Nasdaq (-0.6%) and the S&P 500 (-0.1%) declined as tech shares underperformed. Crude oil prices continued to move higher, closing at $94.14 per barrel. The dollar and gold prices dipped lower.

Stocks closed higher last Friday after another inflation indicator slid lower. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here added value, led by the Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq, which rose 2.1%. The S&P 500 advanced 1.7%, the Dow climbed 1.3%, and the Global Dow gained 0.6%. Crude oil prices ended lower for the first time last week, falling $2.46 to end the day at $91.88 per barrel. Gold prices gained $9.60, climbing to $1,816.80 per ounce. Ten-year Treasury yields slipped 3.9 basis points to 2.84%.

Market/Index

2021 Close

Prior Week

As of 8/12

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

36,338.30
32,803.47 33,761.05 2.92% -7.09%

Nasdaq

15,644.97

12,657.55 13,047.19  3.08%

-16.60%

S&P 500

4,766.18

4,145.19 4,280.15 3.26%  -10.20%

Russell 2000

 2,245.31 1,921.82 2,016.62 4.93%  -10.19%

Global Dow

4,137.63

3,625.72

 3,741.51 3.19%

 

-9.57%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

2.25%-2.50%

2.25%-2.50%

0 bps

225 bps

10-year Treasuries

1.51%

2.84%

2.84%

0 bps 133 bps

US Dollar-DXY

95.64

106.57

105.68

-0.84% 10.50% 

Crude Oil-CL=F

$75.44 $88.36 $91.88 3.98% 21.79%

Gold-GC=F

$1,830.30

$1,790.40 $1,816.80 1.47%

 

-0.74%

Chart reflects price changes, not total return. Because it does not include dividends or splits, it should not be used to benchmark performance of specific investments.

Last Week's Economic News

  • Inflation slowed more than expected as the Consumer Price Index was flat in July after increasing 1.3% in June. The CPI is up 8.5% since July 2021, down from 9.1% for the 12-month period ended in June. Gasoline prices fell 7.7% in July, offsetting price increases in food and shelter. Food prices rose 1.1% with food prices at home climbing 1.3%. Prices for shelter increased 0.5% and prices for medical care services rose 0.4%. Prices for new vehicles advanced 0.6%, while prices for used vehicles dropped 0.4%. Prices for apparel dipped 0.1%, and prices for transportation services decreased 0.5%. Prices for medical care commodities increased 0.6%.
  • The Producer Price Index for July fell 0.5% after advancing 1.0% in June. For the 12 months ended in July, producer prices are up 9.8%. Last month, prices for goods declined 1.8%, the largest decline since moving down 2.7% in April 2020. The July decrease can be traced to a 9.0% drop in prices for energy. On the other hand, prices for foods increased 1.0%. Prices for services rose 0.1%, the third consecutive monthly increase. Leading the July advance, margins for trade services rose 0.3% (trade indexes measure margins received by wholesalers and retailers).
  • Import prices slid 1.4% in July after advancing 0.3% in June. Export prices also declined in July, dropping 3.3% following a 0.7% increase in June. With only the personal consumption expenditures price index left to be released later this month, the other primary inflationary indicators have each shown waning inflationary price pressures in July. As to import prices, the July decline was the first monthly decrease since December 2021 and the largest drop since April 2020. Import prices rose 8.8% over the 12 months ended in July, the smallest year-over-year increase since the index advanced 7.1% for the 12 months ended in March 2021. Fuel import prices fell 7.5% last month. Import prices excluding fuel decreased for the third consecutive month after dipping 0.5% in July. The July decrease in export prices was the largest one-month decline since April 2020. Prices for exports rose 13.1% over the past year, the lowest 12-month advance since the index increased 9.6% for the 12 months ended in March 2021.
  • The Treasury deficit for July increased to $211.1 billion, up from the June deficit of $88.8 billion but lower than the $302.1 billion deficit in July 2021. Through the first 10 months of the fiscal year, the deficit sits at $732.5 billion. Over the same period last fiscal year, the deficit was $2.540 trillion.
  • The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $4.038 per gallon on August 8, $0.154 per gallon below the prior week's price but $0.866 higher than a year ago. Also as of August 8, the East Coast price decreased $0.127 to $3.967 per gallon; the Gulf Coast price fell $0.158 to $3.535 per gallon; the Midwest price dropped $0.185 to $3.851 per gallon; the West Coast price slid $0.160 to $4.999 per gallon; and the Rocky Mountain price fell $0.158 to $4.353 per gallon. Residential heating oil prices averaged $3.216 per gallon on August 5, about $0.409 per gallon less than the prior week's price. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, gasoline production increased during the week of August 5, averaging 10.2 million barrels per day. Also, U.S. crude oil imports averaged 6.2 million barrels per day, a decrease of 1.2 million barrels per day from the previous week.
  • For the week ended August 6, there were 262,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, an increase of 14,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised down by 12,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended July 30 was 1.0%, unchanged from the previous week's rate. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended July 30 was 1,428,000, an increase of 8,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 4,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended July 23 were Connecticut (2.3%), New Jersey (2.1%), Puerto Rico (2.0%), California (1.9%), Rhode Island (1.8%), Massachusetts (1.7%), New York (1.6%), Pennsylvania (1.5%), Alaska (1.2%), Illinois (1.2%), and Nevada (1.2%). The largest increases in initial claims for the week ended July 30 were in Connecticut (+4,790), Oklahoma (+997), North Carolina (+547), Washington (+372), and Nevada (+177), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-14,256), Kentucky (-2,201), Ohio (-1,640), Michigan (-1,425), and Illinois (-1,033).

Eye on the Week Ahead

Housing data for July is out this week. Rising mortgage rates and overall inflationary pressure have subdued the housing sector. Housing starts for new home construction were down 6.3% from June 2021, with starts for single family homes down 15.7%. Sales of existing homes have fallen, down 14.2% over the last 12 months. The Federal Reserve's industrial production report for July is also available this week. Overall production fell 0.2% in June, with manufacturing down 0.5%.

 

The Markets (as of market close August 5, 2022)

Stocks closed last week generally higher. A surprisingly strong labor report for July helped alleviate recession fears, but opened the door to more interest-rate hikes from the Federal Reserve as it continues to slow inflation. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq finished higher for the third straight week, the longest weekly rally since April. The Russell 2000 also enjoyed a solid week. The Dow and the Global Dow dipped lower. The apparent strength of the labor sector seemingly lends credence to the Fed's premise that the economy is resilient enough to withstand larger interest-rate increases. A 75-basis point rate increase is now more likely when the Fed meets next in September. More rate hikes may pose a challenge for interest-sensitive stocks, like tech shares. Nevertheless, recent strong corporate earnings reports, coupled with strength in the labor sector, should bolster economic sentiment. Last week, crude oil prices posted the largest weekly loss since April after decreasing nearly $10.00 per barrel. Signs of a global economic slowdown has curbed demand, sending prices to their lowest level in six months. Falling crude oil prices are helping drive gasoline prices lower, with several states now posting average regular gasoline prices below $4.00 per gallon.

Last Monday saw stocks dip lower, unable to maintain a three-day rally. Wall Street enjoyed a strong July, partly on the speculation that the Federal Reserve would scale back its program of interest-rate increases. However, some Fed officials hinted that the central bank will need to raise rates further to bring inflation under control. Of the benchmark indexes listed here, only the Global Dow advanced, gaining 0.3%. The S&P 500 slid 0.3%, followed by the Nasdaq, which lost 0.2%. The Dow and the Russell 2000 fell 0.1%. Ten-year Treasury yields also fell, dropping 3.6 basis points to close last Monday at 2.60%. Weak demand sent crude oil prices down $4.70 to end the day at about $93.92 per barrel. The dollar fell, while gold prices advanced.

Stocks closed lower last Tuesday, while long-term Treasury yields climbed higher. Investors retreated from stocks following more rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials indicating that they're "nowhere near" done with efforts to tamp down on inflation, coupled with China's response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. Among the benchmark indexes listed here, the Global Dow (-1.3%) and the Dow (-1.2%) dipped the furthest, followed by the S&P 500 (-0.7%), the Nasdaq (-0.2%), and the Russell 2000 (-0.1%). Ten-year Treasury yields spiked 13.5 basis points to hit 2.74% by the close of trading. The dollar and crude oil prices edged higher, while gold prices fell.

Wall Street surged higher last Wednesday, reversing course from the previous couple of days. The Nasdaq gained 2.6%, ending at a three-month high. Strong profit forecasts from some major companies helped lift investors' spirits. The S&P 500 and the Russell 2000 climbed 1.5%, the Dow rose 1.3%, and the Global Dow added 0.5%. Yields on 10-year Treasuries ended the day where they began. Crude oil prices fell $3.57 to $90.85 per barrel. The dollar increased marginally, while gold prices slid lower.

Stocks ended last Thursday mixed as investors awaited Friday's jobs report. The Nasdaq (0.4%) and the Global Dow (0.2%) gained ground, while the Dow (-0.3%), the S&P 500 (-0.1%), and the Russell 2000 (-0.1%) slid lower. Bond prices advanced, pulling yields lower. Ten-year Treasury yields lost 7.2 basis points to close at 2.67%. Crude oil prices fell below $90.00 per barrel for the first time since February, which should help drive prices at the pump lower. The dollar dipped lower. Gold prices reversed a negative trend, gaining $33.20 to reach $1,809.60 per ounce.

Lst Friday saw Wall Street end the day with mixed returns. The Russell 2000 (0.8%), the Dow (0.2%), and the Global Dow (0.1%) posted gains, while the Nasdaq (-0.5%) and the S&P 500 (-0.2%) fell. Bond prices declined, sending yields higher. The yield on 10-year Treasuries gained 16.4 basis points to reach 2.84%. Crude oil prices continued to fall, hitting $88.36 per barrel. The dollar rose, while gold prices sank.

Market/Index

2021 Close

Prior Week

As of 8/5

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

36,338.30
32,845.13 32,803.47 -0.13% -9.73%

Nasdaq

15,644.97

12,390.69 12,657.55 2.15%

-19.10%

S&P 500

4,766.18

4,130.29 4,145.19 0.36% -13.03%

Russell 2000

 2,245.31 1,885.73 1,921.82 1.91% -14.41%

Global Dow

4,137.63

3,639.48

3,625.72 -0.38%

 

-12.37%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

2.25%-2.50%

2.25%-2.50%

75 bps

225 bps

10-year Treasuries

1.51%

2.64%

2.84%

20 bps 133 bps

US Dollar-DXY

95.64

105.83

106.57

0.70% 11.43%

Crude Oil-CL=F

$75.44 $98.23 $88.36 -10.05% 17.13%

Gold-GC=F

$1,830.30

$1,778.80 $1,790.40 0.65%

 

-2.18%

Chart reflects price changes, not total return. Because it does not include dividends or splits, it should not be used to benchmark performance of specific investments.

Last Week's Economic News

  • July's labor data showed strength in that sector. There were 528,000 new jobs added, well above the 398,000 added in June and larger than the average monthly gain over the prior four months (388,000). Last month, the unemployment rate dipped 0.1 percentage point to 3.5%, and the total number of unemployed persons decreased 242,000 to 5.7 million. In July, job growth occurred in several areas, led by leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and health care. Among the unemployed, the number of persons who permanently lost jobs, at 1.2 million in July, continued to trend down over the month and is 129,000 lower than in February 2020 prior to the pandemic. Last month, 2.2 million persons reported that they had been unable to work because their employer closed or lost business due to the pandemic. In July, the labor force participation rate, at 62.1%, and the employment-population ratio, at 60.0%, were little changed over the month. In July, 7.1% of employed persons teleworked because of the pandemic, unchanged from the prior month. In July, average hourly earnings rose by $0.15, or 0.5%, to $32.27. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 5.2%. In July, the average work week was 34.6 hours, unchanged for the fifth month in a row.
  • According to the survey of purchasing managers, manufacturing further weakened in July. The S&P Global US Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index™ posted 52.2 in July, down from 52.7 in June. Contributing to the drop in manufacturing was the first decline in output since June 2020. Demand weakened as new orders fell at the fastest pace in over two years. Input costs paid by manufacturers rose in July, but at a slower pace than in previous months. The increase in manufacturers' costs was largely attributable to greater transportation, fuel, and raw material prices. Firms generally passed higher costs to consumers, as output charges rose at an historically elevated pace.
  • Business activity in the services sector decreased in July, the first decline since June 2020. The S&P Global US Services PMI Business Activity Index registered 47.3 in July, down from 52.7 in June, marking the fourth successive decline in the services index. Survey respondents reported a contraction in output that was linked to subdued demand, worsening financial conditions, and higher prices.
  • According to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report for June, the number of job openings fell 605,000 to 10.7 million. The largest decreases in job openings were in retail trade (-343,000), wholesale trade (-82,000), and state and local government education (-62,000). In June, the number of hires was little changed at 6.4 million. Also in June, total separations, which include quits, layoffs, and discharges, were little changed at 5.9 million. Quits, which are a measure of workers' willingness or ability to leave jobs, were 4.2 million, little changed from the previous month.
  • The international trade in goods and services trade deficit decreased in June for the third consecutive month. The trade deficit was $79.6 billion in June, down 6.2% from the May deficit. In June, exports increased 1.7%, while imports decreased 0.3%. Year to date, the goods and services deficit increased $134.1 billion, or 33.4%, from the same period in 2021. Over that same period, exports increased 20.0% and imports rose 23.3%.
  • The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $4.192 per gallon on August 1, $0.138 per gallon below the prior week's price but $1.033 higher than a year ago. Also as of August 1, the East Coast price decreased $0.112 to $4.094 per gallon; the Gulf Coast price fell $0.138 to $3.693 per gallon; the Midwest price dropped $0.191 to $4.036 per gallon; the West Coast price slid $0.107 to $5.159 per gallon; and the Rocky Mountain price fell $0.145 to $4.511 per gallon. Residential heating oil prices averaged $3.625 per gallon on July 29, about $0.169 per gallon more than the prior week's price. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the breakdown of what we pay for a gallon of regular gasoline is as follows: 10% for taxes, 8% for distribution and marketing, 27% for refining, and 55% for crude oil.
  • For the week ended July 30, there were 260,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised down by 2,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended July 23 was 1.0%, unchanged from the previous week's rate. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended July 23 was 1,416,000, an increase of 48,000 from the previous week's level which was revised up by 9,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended July 16 were Puerto Rico (2.2%), New Jersey (2.1%), California (1.9%), Connecticut (1.9%), Rhode Island (1.8%), New York (1.6%), Massachusetts (1.5%), Pennsylvania (1.5%), Alaska (1.2%), Illinois (1.2%), and Nevada (1.2%). The largest increases in initial claims for the week ended July 23 were in Kentucky (+1,051), Virginia (+283), New Mexico (+51), the Virgin Islands (+21), and South Dakota (+7), while the largest decreases were in Massachusetts (-7,490), New York (-5,769), South Carolina (-3,170), California (-3,122), and Alabama (-2,125).

Eye on the Week Ahead

The latest inflation data is front and center this week with the releases of the July Consumer Price Index, the Producer Price Index, and import and export prices. Over the past 12 months ended in June, the CPI is up 9.1%, the PPI has advanced 11.3%, import prices have risen 10.7%, and export prices are up 18.2%.

 

Data sources: Economic: Based on data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (unemployment, inflation); U.S. Department of Commerce (GDP, corporate profits, retail sales, housing); S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index (home prices); Institute for Supply Management (manufacturing/services). Performance: Based on data reported in WSJ Market Data Center (indexes); U.S. Treasury (Treasury yields); U.S. Energy Information Administration/Bloomberg.com Market Data (oil spot price, WTI, Cushing, OK); www.goldprice.org (spot gold/silver); Oanda/FX Street (currency exchange rates). News items are based on reports from multiple commonly available international news sources (i.e., wire services) and are independently verified when necessary with secondary sources such as government agencies, corporate press releases, or trade organizations. All information is based on sources deemed reliable, but no warranty or guarantee is made as to its accuracy or completeness. Neither the information nor any opinion expressed herein constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any securities, and should not be relied on as financial advice. Forecasts are based on current conditions, subject to change, and may not come to pass. U.S. Treasury securities are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. The principal value of Treasury securities and other bonds fluctuates with market conditions. Bonds are subject to inflation, interest-rate, and credit risks. As interest rates rise, bond prices typically fall. A bond sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All investing involves risk, including the potential loss of principal, and there can be no guarantee that any investing strategy will be successful.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is a price-weighted index composed of 30 widely traded blue-chip U.S. common stocks. The S&P 500 is a market-cap weighted index composed of the common stocks of 500 largest, publicly traded companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a market-value weighted index of all common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The Russell 2000 is a market-cap weighted index composed of 2,000 U.S. small-cap common stocks. The Global Dow is an equally weighted index of 150 widely traded blue-chip common stocks worldwide. The U.S. Dollar Index is a geometrically weighted index of the value of the U.S. dollar relative to six foreign currencies. Market indexes listed are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment.

Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2022.
 
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Market summaries contain information on the Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, Russell 2000, Global Dow, Federal Funds interest rate, and 10-year Treasury yields, as well as highlights of past and future economic data.

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