“Equities bounced back last week despite surging covid-19 cases in many parts of the world.”
Last week was a challenging one for most risk assets, as investors recalibrated their global growth expectations in the face of the rapidly spreading delta variant of SARS-CoV-2. In the US, large cap stocks were mostly lower, with only traditional defensives like utilities (+2.6%) , staples (+1.3%), and real estate (+0.7%) registering small gains. Cyclicals […]
Bit of a mixed bag last week, as most US large caps finished higher (exceptions included financials and energy), while small/midcaps and international stocks pulled back a bit. Bond markets rallied and commodities were slightly lower as concerns lingered regarding the delta variant’s impact on global growth. Meanwhile, the US labor market continues to improve, with lots of jobs available while new and continuing jobless claims edge lower week by week.
Equities were higher across the board last week, as market participants became more comfortable with the prospect of a first rate hike taking place sometime in late 2022. All sectors of the S&P 500 posted gains, led by cyclicals including energy (+6.7%), financials (+5.3%), and industrials (+3.1%). Defensive sectors lagged the rally, including healthcare, consumer […]
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The FOMC meeting and its aftermath dominated the newsflow last week. As expected, there were no changes to the Fed Funds rate, and no specific indications as to when the Fed may begin to taper its asset purchase programs. However, changes to the “dot plot” (the annual rate forecasts from Fed policymakers) were interpreted by […]
Last week’s biggest headline was consumer price inflation (CPI) which registered +5.0% y/y in May, the first “five-handle” US inflation print in nearly 13 years. Under the covers, however, the report was less alarming. Core CPI, which strips out volatile food and energy prices, was just +3.8% y/y. Moreover, more than half of the total […]
Prices rose across several asset classes last week, including domestic equities, international equities, bonds, and commodities. US large cap indices added roughly half of a percent to their 2021 performance, led by energy stocks. All sectors in the S&P 500 finished higher except consumer discretionary and healthcare. Meanwhile, international stocks outpaced the US, particularly in […]
Risk assets of all stripes were higher last week, as US economic data continued to point towards a strong recovery while inflation fears eased a bit. Technology and cyclical stocks saw the strongest demand, while investors pared back their exposure to traditional defensives like real estate, consumer staples, and healthcare. International stocks were higher, with […]
“Forward-looking economic news was positive…”