Mint Wealth Advisors Media, PA office is open for appointments.Schedule an Appointment

Weekly Market Performance – Economic and Market Data Does Not Always Mix

Index Performance

recent-performance

US and International Equities

This week, as some of the economic news was pointing to worries of a potential economic slowdown, some areas of the stock market are looking ahead to a potential economic recovery. Stocks continued to climb this week despite some disappointing economic data as market participants set aside the short-term bumps and looked ahead toward a continuing recovery.

The markets received more positive vaccine news from Moderna this week, continuing the theme that a potentially effective vaccine to combat COVID-19 could be approved soon. However, the broad market took the news in stride, with the S&P 500 finishing lower for the week.

The biggest sector winner this week was energy, returning approximately 5% after being down almost 50% at one point this year. The sector has been a major detractor to S&P 500 performance and is still down over 35% year to date. Low energy demand due to COVID-19 along with a push toward alternative energy sources have weighed on the sector’s performance. However, the sector appears to be rebounding for a second straight week.

The industrials and materials sectors both finished the week on a positive note. Materials have outperformed the S&P 500 year to date. For the last month, both sectors have outperformed the S&P 500. Back in August, LPL Research upgraded the materials sector on US dollar weakness and technical momentum. For further insight, please read the Weekly Market Commentary titled Top 10 Investor Questions. Market participants appear to be anticipating better times for both sectors.

Small and mid-caps enjoyed another solid week, the third week in a row small caps have been among the top performers. LPL Research recently upgraded small caps to neutral now that a likely new economic expansion has gained some steam. For more of our thoughts on small caps, please read the Weekly Market Commentary, Three Reasons We Like Small Caps.

International markets had another positive week. Emerging markets (MSCI EM) outperformed their developed international counterparts, as denoted by the MSCI EAFE, by a few percentage points.

Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities

Bonds, as represented by the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate, finished higher for the week. Likewise, the 10-year Treasury traded higher as well. Most bond sectors finished in the green to end the week.

Commodities posted another mixed week. Oil ended the week higher, up over 5%, marking the third consecutive week of gains. Natural gas sold off to end the week over 10% lower, but is still up over 20% year to date. For the second week in a row, gold and silver ended the week lower, while copper finished higher.

US and International Economic Data Recap

For October, headline retail sales rose 0.3% month over month. This was below FactSet consensus expectations of 0.5% and down from the September level of 1.6%, marking the slowest pace of growth in six months. Despite the slower-than-expected monthly growth, retail sales grew 5.7% year over year. Growth in motor vehicle sales remains a strong point in the underlying data (source: US Census Bureau).

On Thursday, the Conference Board released its Leading Economic Index (LEI) report for October, and it showed the series rose 0.7% month over month. While this number still signals continued future economic growth, it reinforces that the pace of the recovery is slowing. We examine the implications for future economic growth in the LPL Research Blog Leading Indicators Signal Economic Recovery Slowing.

It appears that global growth momentum could be starting to wane. Fresh restrictions in Europe and the United States could increasingly threaten the near-term outlook. A double-dip recession in Europe is possible, while US growth may stall while we wait for vaccines. We look at high-frequency economic indicators in Europe to gauge the effects of the latest round of COVID-19 lockdowns in the LPL Research blog Europe’s Lockdown 2.0 May Be Smarter.

This week, jobless claims came in higher than expected. After several weeks of improvement, weekly jobless claims spiked (source: US Department of Labor). Over 740,000 Americans filed for unemployment insurance. This was above the Bloomberg estimates of 700,000. Continuing claims beat estimates, coming in at 6.37 million versus estimates of 6.4 million. The rise in jobless claims comes as several areas of the country begin to tighten restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Looking Ahead

Next week, the following economic data is slated to be released:

  • On Monday, we get data on November’s Markit Purchasing Managers Index.
  • Tuesday we’ll see September’s S&P/Case-Shiller’s Home Price index data along with November’s Conference Board Consumer Confidence survey.
  • Wednesday is all about Q3 GDP, October durable orders, and personal income and consumption expenditures. Moreover, October wholesale inventories and November Michigan sentiment are announced. In addition, Wednesday provides investors another weekly initial unemployment claims report.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES

This material is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. There is no assurance that the views or strategies discussed are suitable for all investors or will yield positive outcomes. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. Any economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted and are subject to change.

References to markets, asset classes, and sectors are generally regarding the corresponding market index. Indexes are unmanaged statistical composites and cannot be invested into directly. Index performance is not indicative of the performance of any investment and do not reflect fees, expenses, or sales charges. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results. All market and index data comes from FactSet and MarketWatch.

Any company names noted herein are for educational purposes only and not an indication of trading intent or a solicitation of their products or services. LPL Financial doesn’t provide research on individual equities. All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.

U.S. Treasuries may be considered “safe haven” investments but do carry some degree of risk including interest rate, credit, and market risk. Bonds are subject to market and interest rate risk if sold prior to maturity. Bond values will decline as interest rates rise and bonds are subject to availability and change in price.

For a list of descriptions of the indexes referenced in this publication, please visit our website at lplresearch.com/definitions.

This Research material was prepared by LPL Financial LLC.

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial (LPL), a registered investment advisor and broker-dealer (member FINRA/SIPC).

Insurance products are offered through LPL or its licensed affiliates. To the extent you are receiving investment advice from a separately registered independent investment advisor that is not an LPL affiliate, please note LPL makes no representation with respect to such entity.

  • Not Insured by FDIC/NCUA or Any Other Government Agency
  • Not Bank/Credit Union Guaranteed
  • Not Bank/Credit Union Deposits or Obligations
  • May Lose Value