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Weekly Market Insights

The Markets (as of market close November 18, 2022)

Stocks fell last week following warnings from several Federal Reserve officials that more policy tightening was to come. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here closed the week lower after enjoying solid gains the previous week. The Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq fell the furthest, followed by the S&P 500, the Global Dow, and the Dow. Yields on 10-year Treasuries ended last week right where they began. Gold prices couldn't maintain an early-week surge, ultimately closing lower by the close of trading last Friday. The dollar gained about 0.05%. An abundant supply and waning demand sent crude oil prices lower for the second week in a row.

Stocks closed lower last Monday, unable to maintain their rally from the previous week. Among the benchmark indexes listed here, the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 (-1.1%) slid the furthest, followed by the S&P 500 (-0.9%), the Dow (-0.6%), and the Global Dow (-0.4%). Crude oil prices lost $3.70, falling to $85.27 per barrel, the lowest price in roughly three weeks as short-term demand appeared to be waning. The yield on 10-year Treasuries added 5.2 basis points to reach 3.86%. The dollar and gold prices advanced.

Equities rose higher last Tuesday on soft inflation data. Investors hoped that inflation may have peaked following the release of a lower-than-expected producer price index report for October. The Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq led the benchmark indexes listed here, both advancing 1.5%. The Global Dow climbed 1.0%, followed by the S&P 500 (0.9%) and the Dow (0.2%). Ten-year Treasury yields fell 6.6 basis points to close the session at 3.79%. The dollar slipped lower, while gold prices advanced 0.3%. Crude oil prices added nearly $1.00 to reach $86.86 per barrel.

Stocks slid lower last Wednesday as a strong retail sales report indicated the economy may be able to withstand additional interest-rate hikes. The Nasdaq, which is typically more sensitive to interest rates, fell 1.5%, while the Russell 2000 lost 1.9%. Roughly 68% of the S&P 500 companies lost value, dragging that index down 0.8%. The Global Dow declined 0.8% and the Dow slipped 0.1%. Bond prices advanced, pulling yields lower. Ten-year Treasury yields fell 10.7 basis points to end the session at 3.69%. Crude oil prices dropped $1.64 to $85.28 per barrel. The dollar was relatively flat, while gold prices continued to surge, advancing for the third consecutive session.

Last Thursday, Wall Street notched its second consecutive day of losses for the first time in two weeks. Investors' hopes for a softening of the government's policy to fight inflation were dampened by hawkish statements from senior Federal Reserve officials suggesting more aggressive interest-rate hikes. Each of the benchmark indexes closed lower, with the Russell 2000 falling the furthest, dropping 0.8%. The Global Dow and the Nasdaq slid 0.4%, the S&P 500 lost 0.3%, while the Dow was flat. Crude oil prices declined $3.62, hitting $81.97 per barrel — its lowest price since early October. Ten-year Treasury yields rose to 3.77%. The dollar advanced marginally, while gold prices fell for the first time in more than a week.

Stocks rebounded last Friday as each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted gains. The Dow and the Russell 2000 rose 0.6%, the Global Dow and the S&P 500 added 0.5%, while the Nasdaq was flat. Ten-year Treasuries rose 4.3 basis points to close the session and last week at 3.81%. Crude oil prices continued to decline, falling $1.44 to $80.20 per barrel. The dollar rose marginally, while gold prices decreased.

Market/Index

2021 Close

Prior Week

As of 11/18

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

36,338.30
33,747.86 33,745.69 -0.01%  -7.13%

Nasdaq

15,644.97

11,323.33 11,146.06 -1.57% -28.76%

S&P 500

4,766.18

3,992.93 3,965.34 -0.69%
-16.80%

Russell 2000

 2,245.31 1,882.74 1,849.73 -1.75%
-17.62%

Global Dow

4,137.63

3,695.50

3,682.42 -0.35%  -11.00%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

3.75%-4.00% 3.75%-4.00%

0 bps

375 bps

10-year Treasuries

1.51%

3.81%

3.81%

0 bps 230 bps

US Dollar-DXY

95.64

106.37 106.97 0.56%  11.85%

Crude Oil-CL=F

$75.44 $89.00 $80.20 -9.89%
6.31%

Gold-GC=F

$1,830.30

$1,770.60 $1,750.80 -1.12%  -4.34%

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

  • Prices U.S. producers received for goods and services rose 0.2% in October, the same increase as in September. Producer prices advanced 8.0% for the 12 months ended in October. Producer prices for goods rose 0.6% last month, the largest advance since a 2.2% increase in June. Most of the October increase can be traced to a 2.7% jump in prices for energy, driven higher by a 5.7% increase in gasoline prices. Prices for foods advanced 0.5%. Conversely, prices for goods less foods and energy decreased 0.1%. Producer prices for services declined 0.1% in October, the first decrease since November 2020.
  • Import and export prices declined in October for the fourth consecutive month. International trade prices haven't increased since June 2022. Import prices fell 0.2% in October following a 1.1% decline in September. Export prices declined 0.3% last month after falling 1.5% in September. Since October 2021, import prices have risen 4.2%, while export prices increased 6.9%. Annual price increases for both import and export prices are down notably from their respective 2022 high points of 13.0% and 18.6%. This data is another indication that inflationary pressures may have peaked.
  • Retail sales increased 1.3% in October and 8.3% since October 2021. Retail trade sales were up 1.2% from September and 7.5% from October 2021. In October, gasoline station sales rose 4.1%, sales at food and beverage stores increased 1.4%, and sales at food services and drinking places climbed 1.6%.
  • Industrial production slid 0.1% in October, while its September increase was revised down to 0.1%. Manufacturing rose 0.1% last month, while mining fell 0.4% and utilities dropped 1.5%. Nevertheless, industrial production in October was 3.3% above its October 2021 reading. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing was 2.4% above its year-earlier level, mining rose 3.6%, and utilities increased 2.6%.
  • The number of residential building permits issued in October fell 2.4% from the previous month and is 10.1% below the October 2021 rate. Issued building permits for single-family homes declined 3.6% in October. The number of housing starts decreased 4.2% last month and 8.8% lower than the October 2021 rate. Single-family housing starts in October slid 6.1% under the September pace. In October, housing completions also lagged, falling 6.4% below the September rate but 6.6% above the October 2021 rate. Single-family home completions in October were 8.3% below the September rate.
  • Sales of existing homes retreated for the ninth consecutive month in October after decreasing 5.9% from the September rate. Over the 12 months ended in October, existing home sales have fallen 28.4%. According to the report from the National Association of Realtors®, higher mortgage interest rates are making it harder for some potential homebuyers to qualify for loans, squeezing them out of the market. Relatively scant inventory is also impacting sales of existing homes. Total unsold inventory sat at a 3.3-month supply in October, up from 3.1 months in September. The median price for existing homes in October was $379,100, 1.2% below the September price of $383,500 but 6.6% above the October 2021 price ($355,700). Sales of existing single-family homes also declined in October, dropping 6.4% from September and 28.2% from October 2021. The median existing single-family home price was $384,900 in October, 1.2% under the September price ($389,600) but 6.2% above the October 2021 price ($362,600).
  • According to the U.S. Energy Administration, the national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.762 per gallon on November 14, $0.034 per gallon below the prior week's price but $0.363 higher than a year ago. Also as of November 14, the East Coast price increased $0.021 to $3.611 per gallon; the Gulf Coast price decreased $0.049 to $3.137 per gallon; the Midwest price fell $0.099 to $3.677 per gallon; the West Coast price dropped $0.021 to $4.924 per gallon; and the Rocky Mountain price decreased $0.047 to $3.713 per gallon. Residential heating oil prices averaged $5.794 per gallon on November 14, $0.108 below the previous week's price but $2.386 per gallon more than a year ago.
  • For the week ended November 12, there were 222,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 1,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended November 5 remained at 1.0%. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended November 5 was 1,507,000, an increase of 13,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 1,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended October 29 were Puerto Rico (2.1%), California (1.8%), Alaska (1.7%), New Jersey (1.7%), Rhode Island (1.4%), New York (1.3%), Massachusetts (1.2%), Nevada (1.1%), Washington (1.1%), and Oregon (1.1%). The largest increases in initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended November 5 were in Kentucky (+3.453), California (+3,413), Texas (+2,415), Indiana (+1,228), and Illinois (+1,045), while the largest decreases were in Oregon (-1,276), New Jersey (-490), Florida (-391), Hawaii (-323), and Puerto Rico (-297).

Eye on the Week Ahead

There isn't much in terms of economic data scheduled for Thanksgiving week. The October figures on durable goods orders are available. New orders for durable goods increased 0.4% in September, driven higher by new orders for transportation equipment. Excluding transportation, new orders for durable goods dipped 0.5% in September. The latest data on new home sales from the Census Bureau is out this week. Sales of new single-family homes fell nearly 11.0% in September and were down 17.6% since September 2021.

 

The Markets (as of market close November 11, 2022)

Stocks rebounded from a sluggish start to close last week higher. Investors continued to rally behind equities on the hope that last week's soft inflation data will prompt the Federal Reserve to curtail its interest-rate hikes. The S&P 500 rose to its best week since June, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq notched its best week in two years. Bond prices advanced, pulling Treasury yields lower. Crude oil prices slid lower, although they could jump in December when the European ban on Russian oil shipments by sea takes effect on December 5, potentially limiting supply. Gold prices advanced for the second consecutive week. The dollar endured the largest two-day fall in 13 years after plunging last Thursday and Friday.

Wall Street continued its rally, closing up last Monday for the second consecutive session. Both small caps and blue-chip stocks enjoyed a lift to begin last week, sending the Nasdaq (0.90%) and the Russell 2000 (0.60%) higher. The Dow (1.3%) led the benchmark indexes listed here, while the S&P 500 (1.0%) and the Global Dow (1.2%) also gained ground. Yields on 10-year Treasuries added 5.8 basis points to close at 4.21%. Crude oil prices and the dollar dipped lower, while gold prices inched higher.

Stocks extended their rally for a third session in a row last Tuesday as investors awaited midterm election results. Of the benchmark indexes listed here, the Global Dow led the gains, up 1.1%, followed by the Dow (1.0%), the S&P 500 (0.6%), and the Nasdaq (0.5%). The small caps of the Russell 2000 ended flat. Ten-year Treasury yields, the dollar, and crude oil prices declined. Gold prices rose for a second day in a row.

The three-session rally ended last Wednesday as investors mulled midterm election results and the consumer price index, scheduled for release the next day. The Russell 2000 (-2.7%) and the Nasdaq (-2.5%) led the declines, followed by the S&P 500 (-2.1%), the Dow (-2.0%), and the Global Dow (-1.4%). Bond prices dipped, sending the yield on 10-year Treasuries up 2.5 basis points to 4.15%. Crude oil prices slid $3.34, dragging the price per barrel down to $85.57 after data revealed an unexpected increase in domestic crude oil supplies. The dollar rose, while gold prices fell for the first time in the last four trading sessions.

Stocks surged higher last Thursday as slower-than-expected consumer price growth brought hope that the Federal Reserve might respond by curtailing its aggressive rate-hike policy. U.S. markets enjoyed their biggest single-day gain since 2020. The Nasdaq increased 7.4%, the Russell 2000 jumped 6.1%, the S&P 500 rose 5.5%, and the Dow and the Global Dow advanced 3.7% and 3.8%, respectively. The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell 32.2 basis points, closing at 3.82% — a five-week low. Crude oil prices rose marginally, reaching $86.18 per barrel. The dollar tumbled, while gold prices advanced.

Equities continued their rally last Friday, with the Global Dow (1.9%), the Nasdaq (1.9%), and the S&P 500 (0.9%) ending sharply higher. The Russell 2000 advanced 0.8% while the Dow inched up 0.1%. Treasuries did not trade last Friday in observance of Veterans' Day. Crude oil prices increased $2.48 to $88.95 per barrel. The dollar fell for the second consecutive day, while gold prices rose for the second day in a row.

Market/Index

2021 Close

Prior Week

As of 11/11

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

36,338.30
32,403.22 33,747.86 4.15%  -7.13%

Nasdaq

15,644.97

10,475.25 11,323.33 8.10% -27.62%

S&P 500

4,766.18

3,770.55 3,992.93 5.90%
-16.22%

Russell 2000

 2,245.31 1,799.87 1,882.74 4.60%
-16.15%

Global Dow

4,137.63

3,484.10

3,695.50 6.07% -10.69%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

3.75%-4.00% 3.75%-4.00%

0 bps

375 bps

10-year Treasuries

1.51%

4.15%

3.81%

-34 bps 230 bps

US Dollar-DXY

95.64

110.74 106.37 -3.95% 11.22%

Crude Oil-CL=F

$75.44 $92.56 $89.00 -3.85%
17.97%

Gold-GC=F

$1,830.30

$1,685.10 $1,770.60 5.07% -3.26%

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

  • The release of the much-anticipated consumer price index last Thursday revealed consumer prices rose 0.4% in October, the same increase as in September. Prices excluding food and energy rose 0.3% after rising 0.6% in September. Over the last 12 months, consumer prices have risen 7.7%, down from 8.2% for the 12 months ended in September. Prices for food increased 0.6% in October following a 0.6% increase in the previous month. Energy prices, which had decreased each month since July, jumped 1.8% in October as gasoline prices increased 4.0% and fuel oil prices vaulted up 19.8%. Prices for shelter climbed 0.8% last month after increasing 0.7% in September. The October CPI held steady for the second consecutive month and is below forecasters' expectations. The latest data may support a pivot by the Federal Reserve to a less aggressive stance.
  • The U.S. Treasury budget deficit decreased to $87.8 billion in October, the first month of fiscal year 2023. The October deficit was $341.9 billion lower than the September shortfall. Total government expenditures in October were $406.4 billion, roughly $41.0 billion below expenditures in September. Government receipts in October totaled $318.6 billion, $34.7 billion more than September receipts.
  • According to the U.S. Energy Administration, the national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.796 per gallon on November 7, $0.054 per gallon above the prior week's price and $0.386 higher than a year ago. Also as of November 7, the East Coast price increased $0.068 to $3.590 per gallon; the Gulf Coast price advanced $0.009 to $3.186 per gallon; the Midwest price rose $0.135 to $3.776 per gallon; the West Coast price dropped $0.083 to $4.945 per gallon; and the Rocky Mountain price decreased $0.029 to $3.760 per gallon. Residential heating oil prices averaged $5.905 per gallon on November 7, $0.069 above the previous week's price and $2.500 per gallon more than a year ago. In fact, despite a warm start to the winter heating season, which run from October through March, heating oil prices have increased, while propane prices have remained relatively flat from last year.
  • For the week ended November 5, there were 225,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 1,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended October 29 remained 1.0%. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended October 29 was 1,493,000, an increase of 6,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 2,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended October 22 were Puerto Rico (1.9%), New Jersey (1.8%), California (1.8%), Alaska (1.6%), New York (1.3%), Rhode Island (1.2%), Massachusetts (1.2%), Nevada (1.1%), and Oregon (1.1%). The largest increases in initial claims for unemployment insurance for the week ended October 29 were in California (+1,989), Oregon (+1,541), Washington (+693), Illinois (+457), and Minnesota (+456), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-1,534), Kentucky (-1,007), North Carolina (-659), Arkansas (-517), and South Carolina (-471).

Eye on the Week Ahead

There's plenty of economic data to consider this week. A couple of reports that measure consumer price inflation are available with the release of the producer price index and the import and export prices report for October. Prices producers received for goods and services increased 0.4% in September, while prices rose 8.5% year to date. The release of import and export prices is out this week. While most inflation indicators for September increased, import and export prices did not follow suit, as both import prices and export prices decreased. Also out this week is the release of the retail sales report for October. Retail sales were flat in September.

 

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.

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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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