Weekly Market Update 04/24/2022
by Justin J. Long CFP®, on Apr 24, 2022
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And now on to the recap of this week:
Week in Review: Third straight losing week for S&P 500 and a fourth for the Dow
The S&P 500 dropped 2.8% this week, unable to get past concerns about rising rates and the Fed's hawkish mindset. The Nasdaq Composite (-3.8%) and Russell 2000 (-3.2%) underperformed the benchmark index with losses over 3.0% while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.9%.
It was reported last week that bullish sentiment among individual investors recently hit a 30-year low, setting the stage for a contrarian-minded rally this week. The rally took place on Tuesday, and briefly continued on Thursday, before a bearish sentiment took hold of the market.
Nine of the 11 S&P 500 sectors closed lower with the worst performers being the communication services (-7.7%), energy (-4.6%), and materials (-3.7%) sectors. The defensive-oriented real estate (+1.2%) and consumer staples (+0.4%) sectors ended the week in positive territory.
The market had done a good job fending off the Netflix (NFLX) disappointment in which NFLX tanked 35% the day after reporting a decline in subscribers. Earnings reports, after all, were mostly better than expected, and they were from a diversified batch of companies, including Tesla (TSLA) and seven Dow components.
The problem this week was mainly threefold:
1) the 10-yr yield rapidly approached 3.00%, hitting 2.97% before ending the week eight basis points higher at 2.91%,
2) Fed Chair Powell wasn't ready to declare peak inflation and said the Fed could move to a tight policy after reaching a neutral rate, and
3) weakening technical factors.
On the latter, the S&P 500 couldn't stay above its 200-day moving average (4497) and fell back below its descending 50-day moving average (4407).
A few more notes on the Fed, it didn't help that Chicago Fed President Evans, who is one of the move dovish Fed members and was supposed to be a FOMC voter next year, announced plans to retire in early 2023. In addition, St. Louis Fed President Bullard (FOMC voter) said the fed funds rate should be at 3.50% by year-end.
The 2-yr yield, which is sensitive to expectations for the fed funds rate, climbed 27 basis points to 2.72%.
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As always, it is my pleasure to bring you this weekly update. If this or anything else is causing you pause or you would like further details, please feel free to reach out to me and we can schedule some time to chat.
Justin J. Long CFP®
Diazo Wealth Group
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index comprising 30 widely traded blue chip U.S. common stocks. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a market-value-weighted index of all common stocks listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. The S&P 500 Index tracks the performance of 500 of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States. The MSCI Europe, Australasia, and Far East (EAFE) Index tracks the performance of publicly traded large- and mid-cap stocks of companies in those regions. The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) shows the market’s expectation of 30-day volatility and is constructed using the implied volatilities of a wide range of S&P 500 Index options. Weekly and year-to-date figures for the VIX show percentage changes, not investment returns. The Russell 2000 Index tracks the performance of approximately 2,000 publicly traded small-cap companies in the United States. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
The Treasury yield curve is derived from available U.S. Treasury securities trading in the market and is provided directly by the U.S. Federal Reserve. The spread measures the difference in yield between two government securities. A normal (positive) yield curve occurs when longer-term rates are higher than shorter-term rates. The opposite holds true for an inverted yield curve. Year-to-date changes in U.S. Treasury bond yields are shown in basis points (bps). One hundred basis points equals one percent.
Oil prices are represented by West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil.
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