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Weekly Recap | April 18, 2022

Weekly Recap | April 18, 2022

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Assessing Red Hot Inflation

Equities Extend Declines
Stocks fell on subdued pre-holiday trading volume last Thursday, capping all three major equity averages with weekly losses. Investors grew concerned that persistently high inflation and aggressive Fed policy tightening have begun affecting businesses. Earlier last week, the Consumer Price Index surged 8.5% from a year ago, its highest since December 1981. While core inflation (excludes volatile food and energy costs) rose 6.5% Y/Y, its highest since August 1982, the measure rose just 0.3% in March, less than the 0.5% expected. This suggests that inflation may be in the process of peaking and easing in the coming months. The S&P 500 has posted just four positive days since the start of April and benchmark Treasury yields jumped to a new three-year high.

For the Week…
The S&P 500 fell 2.11%, extending its YTD loss to nearly 7.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.78%, and the Nasdaq Composite lost 2.62%. The small cap-focused Russell 2000 outperformed, posting a gain of 0.53%.

NY Manufacturing Sharply Rebounds
The New York Fed reported Friday that its Empire State manufacturing activity index jumped to a four-month high of +24.6 in early April from -11.8 the month prior (+1 expected). With readings above zero indicating expansion, New Orders surged to 25.1 (the highest level of the year) from -11.2 and Shipments rose to 34.5, its strongest level since last July. Negatively, however, Prices Paid surged to 86.4 (its highest on record) and optimism about the six-month outlook was cut in half to 15.2, the lowest level since early in the pandemic.

Materials Perform Best
Just four of the 11 major sector groups posted gains last week, led by Materials (+0.71%), Industrials (+0.43%) and Energy (+0.35%). Prospects for higher borrowing costs hurt rate-sensitive Technology companies the most last week. Technology tumbled 3.81%, followed close behind by Communication Services (-2.93%) and Healthcare (-2.87%).

Treasury Yields Advance
Treasury yields notably advanced a second week on renewed concerns the Federal Reserve will boost rates aggressively to combat decades-high inflation. New York Fed President Williams said rate hike increments of ½-point is a “reasonable option” ahead. For the week, the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes jumped nearly 11 basis points to end at a new three-year high at 2.828%. The weekly yield gain was however smaller than the 33 basis point advance the week prior.

The U.S. Dollar Index strengthened 0.71% last week, posting daily gains in 11 of the past 12 trading sessions. U.S. WTI crude oil futures rebounded nearly 9% last week, ending Thursday at $106.95/barrel.

The Latest from @CeteraIM

Small Business Optimism Drops

Consumer Inflation Surges to 8.5% Y/Y

Q1 Corporate Earnings Outlook

Economic Calendar

Monday, April 18
NAHB Home Builder’s Index.

Tuesday, April 19
Housing Starts, Building Permits.

Wednesday, April 20
Mortgage Activity, Existing Home Sales, Fed Beige Book.

Thursday, April 21
Jobless Claims, Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Outlook, Leading Indicators.

Friday, April 22
S&P Global U.S. Manufacturing/Services PMIs.

Surging mortgage rates have led to a huge decline in mortgage refinancing activity. The 30-year mortgage rate rose from 3.3% at the start of the year to 5.13%. Mortgage refinancing activity dropped 53% year-to-date in response. The housing sector is very sensitive to changes in interest rates.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

The S&P 500 is an index of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry grouping (among other factors) designed to be a leading indicator of U.S. equities and is meant to reflect the risk/return characteristics of the large cap universe.

The NASDAQ Composite Index includes all domestic and international based common type stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a broad based index.

The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe and is a subset of the Russell 3000 Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.

The Russell 3000 Index measures the performance of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market.

The Russell Midcap Index measures the performance of the mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe and is a subset of the Russell 1000 Index. It includes approximately 800 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership.

The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index, which was originally called the Lehman Aggregate Bond Index, is a broad based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government–related and corporate debt securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS and CMBS (agency and non-agency) debt securities that are rated at least Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB- by S&P. Taxable municipals, including Build America bonds and a small amount of foreign bonds traded in U.S. markets are also included. Eligible bonds must have at least one year until final maturity, but in practice the index holdings have a fluctuating average life of around 8.25 years.

The Bloomberg Barclays US Corporate High Yield Index measures the USD-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market. Securities are classified as high yield if the middle rating of Moody's, Fitch, and S&P is Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below, excluding emerging market debt. Payment-in-kind and bonds with predetermined step-up coupon provisions are also included. Eligible securities must have at least one year until final maturity, but in practice the index holdings has a fluctuating average life of around 6.3 years.

The Bloomberg Barclays US Municipal Bond Index covers the USD-denominated long-term tax exempt bond market. The index has four main sectors: state and local general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, insured bonds, and prerefunded bonds. Eligible securities must be rated investment grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by Moody’s and S&P and have at least one year until final maturity.

The MSCI EAFE Index is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets (Europe, Australasia, Far East) excluding the U.S. and Canada. The Index is market-capitalization weighted.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is designed to measure equity market performance in global emerging markets. It is a float-adjusted market capitalization index.

The Bloomberg Commodity Index is a broadly diversified index that measures 22 exchange-traded futures on physical commodities in five groups (energy, agriculture, industrial metals, precious metals, and livestock), which are weighted to account for economic significance and market liquidity. No single commodity can comprise less than 2% or more than 15% of the index; and no group can represent more than 33% of the index.

The S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index is a sub-index of the S&P GSCI, provides investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark for investment performance in the crude oil market.

The S&P GSCI Gold Index, a sub-index of the S&P GSCI, provides investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark tracking the COMEX gold futures market.

The U.S. Dollar Index is a weighted geometric mean that provides a value measure of the United States dollar relative to a basket of major foreign currencies. The index, often carrying a USDX or DXY moniker, started in March 1973, beginning with a value of the U.S. Dollar Index at 100.000.