Earnings, Fed Spark Rally
The stock market narrative shifted last week from Fed interest rate hikes (a persistent drag on investor sentiment) to corporate earnings, which boosted investor enthusiasm with better-than-expected results. Stocks surged in the first two days of trading on the strength of positive earnings surprises, aided by a modest pullback in bond yields and news that the U.K. was scrapping its tax cut plans.
Mid-week, stocks surrendered some gains on a stronger U.S. dollar and rising bond yields. But on Friday, comments by a Fed official that hinted at a possible relaxation in Fed rate hikes sent stocks soaring to close out a good week.
U.S. equities had a strong week, with the tech-heavy NASDAQ leading the way, up 5.22%.
Among style boxes domestically, each turned in positive numbers on the week, with large-cap dominating its smaller-cap brethren.
Developed international markets beat out Emerging Markets; both were modestly up over the week, the MSCI EAFE by 0.55%, leading the MSCI EM, 0.21%.
U.S. bonds were a mixed bag on the week, with the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index down - 1.07%, and the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate HY index up 0.28%.
Global Bonds were negative on the week.
The streaming giant Netflix announced it had added 2.4 million net new paid subscribers during the third quarter. The number was more than double company forecasts and a pleasant surprise following two consecutive quarters of subscriber losses.2
The Port of Long Beach-Port of Los Angeles complex, the heart of the US supply chain, has been plagued with congestion since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic; that is, until recently. According to the Marine Exchange of Southern California, the queue of ships waiting to unload at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach fell from a peak of 109 ships in January to four vessels this week. While bottlenecks continue to hinder easy passage of cargo at other major US seaports and inland freights, the end of the backups in Southern California signal supply chain tangles may be unwinding.3
Expect to pay more to keep trick-or-treaters happy this year. Candy inflation is here, and it is exorbitant; the cost for those confectionary delights has reached frightful highs, up 13% year-over-year in September, according to US inflation data. Household favorites such as Twix, Skittles, and Reese’s are up a whopping 53%, 41%, and 35% versus last year. You’ve ghost to be kidding me!4
1Data Obtained from Bloomberg as 09/23/2022
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