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…”
Bit of a roller coaster last week as inflation fears returned to the foreground. Things calmed down a little bit on Friday, allowing stocks to recoup some of their losses.
Rates and commodity prices moved higher last week, while most bond and equity prices moved lower. Economic news was all good, including consumer confidence, durable goods orders, home prices, jobless claims, and of course, that hefty Q1 GDP print of +6.4% q/q annualized.
Tough week for oil prices and energy stocks last week; investors have become increasingly concerned about a demand shock as parts of Europe institute new lockdowns to combat rising covid-19 case counts. Meanwhile, incoming economic data was mixed. Most importantly though, the Fed reiterated its commitment to keeping rates at zero and maintaining asset purchases until substantial further progress has been made towards full employment. Enjoy!