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The Markets (as of market close November 19, 2021)

Stocks closed last week mixed, with the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 posting gains, while the Russell 2000, the Global Dow, and the Dow fell. Another round of strong corporate earnings data was enough to overcome investor concerns that rising inflation might accelerate the withdrawal of economic stimulus, while a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Europe could lead to more lockdowns, stalling economic recovery. Ten-year Treasury yields ended the week where they began. Crude oil prices declined more than 2.5% to $78.76 per barrel. The dollar rose, while gold prices dipped lower. Consumer discretionary led the market sectors, advancing 3.8%, while information technology rose 2.4%. Energy fell 5.2%.

Stocks closed marginally lower to begin the week last Monday. The Russell 2000 dipped 0.5%, while the remaining benchmark indexes listed here fell by less than 0.1%. Ten-year Treasury yields increased to close at 1.62%. The dollar and crude oil prices advanced slightly. The market sectors were also mixed, with energy and utilities showing strength, while information technology, health care, and materials lagged.

Last Tuesday, equities rose following strong economic data. The majority of the benchmark indexes listed here posted solid gains after strong retail sales figures, a solid industrial production report, and favorable corporate earnings results. Only the Global Dow dipped lower, while the Nasdaq (0.8%), the S&P 500 (0.4%), the Russell 2000 (0.2%), and the Dow (0.2%) gained. Crude oil prices declined, while the dollar and 10-year Treasury yields climbed higher.

Last Tuesday's momentum for stocks didn't carry over to Wednesday, as each of the benchmark indexes ended the day in the red. The Russell 2000 led the decline, falling 1.2%, followed by the Dow (-0.6%), the Nasdaq (-0.3%), the S&P 500 (-0.3%), and the Global Dow (-0.3%). Along with rising inflation, housing starts slowed in October as builders wrestled with rising material prices and labor shortages. Ten-year Treasury yields and the dollar fell. Crude oil prices dipped below $80.00 per barrel, closing the day at around $78.00 per barrel. Consumer discretionary, real estate, and health care were the only sectors to advance. Energy (-1.7%) and financials (-1.1%) fell the furthest.

Consumer discretionary and information technology shares helped push the Nasdaq (0.5%) and the S&P 500 (0.3%) higher last Thursday. The Russell 2000 (-0.6%), the Global Dow (-0.4%), and the Dow (-0.2%) fell. Treasury yields and the dollar slid, while crude oil prices advanced marginally.

Wall Street was driven lower last Friday as economically sensitive market sectors, such as energy, financials, and health care, fell. Among the benchmark indexes listed here, only the Nasdaq was able to post a gain. The Russell 2000 and the Global Dow dipped 0.9%, while the Dow dropped 0.8%. The S&P 500 inched slightly lower by the close of trading. Ten-year Treasury yields and crude oil prices decreased, while the dollar advanced.

The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.399 per gallon on November 15, $0.011 per gallon less than the prior week's price but $1.288 higher than a year ago. Gasoline production decreased during the week ended November 12, averaging 9.9 million barrels per day. U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.4 million barrels per day during the week ended November 12 — 32,000 barrels per day more than the previous week's average. Refineries operated at 87.9% of their operable capacity, up from the prior week's level of 86.7%.

Market/Index

2020 Close

Prior Week

As of 11/19

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

30,606.48
36,100.31 35,601.98 -1.38% 16.32%

Nasdaq

12,888.28

15,860.96 16,057.44
1.24%

24.59%

S&P 500

3,756.07

4,682.85 4,697.96 0.32%

25.08%

Russell 2000

 1,974.86 2,411.78

2,363.59

-2.00% 19.68%

Global Dow

3,487.52

4,134.92

4,057.43 -1.87%

 

16.34%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

0.00%-0.25%

0.00%-0.25%

0 bps

0 bps

10-year Treasuries

0.91%

1.58%

1.58%

0 bps

67 bps

US Dollar-DXY

89.84

95.11

96.04

0.98% 6.90%

Crude Oil-CL=F

$48.52 $80.84 $78.76 -2.57% 62.32%

Gold-GC=F

$1,893.10

$1,868.00 $1,861.20 -0.36%

 

-1.69%
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

  • Retail sales continued to climb in October, increasing 1.7% after rising 0.8% (revised higher) in September. Retail sales have advanced 16.3% since October 2020. Retail trade sales rose 1.9% in October and are up 14.8% for the year. Gasoline station sales increased 3.9% in October and 46.8% from October 2020, while food services and drinking places were flat in October but have increased 29.3% from last year. This data seems to indicate that consumers are willing to spend, even at higher prices.
  • Import prices rose 1.2% last month, the largest monthly increase since May 2021. Prices for imports have risen 10.7% since October 2020, the largest 12-month increase since the year ended in June 2021. Contributing to the import price increase was an 8.1% jump in petroleum prices. Natural gas prices advanced 19.7% in October. Overall, import fuel prices increased 86.7% over the past 12 months. Petroleum prices have risen 86.1% for the year, while natural gas prices have risen 134.0%. Export prices advanced 1.5% in October, the largest one-month increase since May 2021. Export prices have increased 18.0% over the 12 months ended in October. Agricultural export prices (1.0%) and nonagricultural prices (1.5%) increased in October.
  • Industrial production rose 1.6% in October after falling 1.3% in September. Much of the October increase was reflective of the recovery from the effects of Hurricane Ida. Manufacturing output rose 1.2% last month, while factory output moved up 0.6%. Overall, total industrial production in October was 5.1% above its year-earlier level and the highest since December 2019.
  • The number of building permits for new residential construction rose by 4.0% in October. Building permits for single-family construction increased 2.7%. Overall, the number of building permits issued for residential construction is 3.4% above the October 2020 rate. Housing starts dipped 0.7% last month, while single-family housing starts slid 3.9%. Housing completions were essentially unchanged in October from the previous month but are 8.4% below the October 2020 pace. Single-family home completions fell 1.7% in October.
  • For the week ended November 13, there were 268,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 2,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020, when it was 256,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended November 6 was 1.5%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the previous week's rate. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended November 6 was 2,080,000, a decrease of 129,000 from the prior week's level, which was revised up by 49,000. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since March 14, 2020, when it was 1,770,000. For comparison, last year at this time, there were 732,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance, and the rate for unemployment claims was 4.4%. During the last week of February 2020 (pre-pandemic), there were 219,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance, and the number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits was 1,724,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended October 30 were the District of Columbia (3.5%), Puerto Rico (3.5%), California (3.0%), Alaska (2.5%), Hawaii (2.5%), Illinois (2.5%), New Jersey (2.4%), Nevada (2.2%), the Virgin Islands (2.2%), and Oregon (1.9%). The largest increases in initial claims for the week ended November 6 were in Kentucky (+6,716), Ohio (+3,846), Tennessee (+2,411), Illinois (+1,893), and Michigan (+1,564), while the largest decreases were in California (-4,222), the District of Columbia (-1,794), and Louisiana (-1,028).

Eye on the Week Ahead

Thanksgiving week is filled with important economic reports, led by the second estimate of the third-quarter GDP. The initial estimate showed the economy expanded at a rate of 2.0%, well off the pace of 6.7% set in the second quarter. The report on personal income and outlays for October is also out this week. Although personal income fell 0.1% in September, consumer spending increased 0.6%, and consumer prices rose 0.3%. Finally, the housing sector is front and center with the latest data on sales of new and existing homes. Sales of both new and existing homes soared in September, increasing 14.0% and 7.0%, respectively.

 

The Markets (as of market close November 12, 2021)

Although equities closed last week on a high note, it wasn't enough to recover from mid-week losses. Each of the benchmark indexes lost ground, with the Russell 2000 falling over 1.0% to lead the pack. Inflation concerns seemed to weigh on investors' minds during the week. While the Federal Reserve continues to suggest that inflationary pressures will calm by next year, traders may be concerned that if prices continue to rise, the Fed may consider hiking interest rates as soon as the summer of 2022. Ten-year Treasury yields edged higher. The dollar advanced, while crude oil prices fell to $80.84 per barrel. Gold prices rose for the second consecutive week, jumping nearly 2.7%. Materials led the market sectors, climbing 2.5% for the week. Consumer discretionary (-3.2%), energy (-1.7%), and utilities (-1.0%) fell the furthest.

Several of the benchmark indexes listed here reached new highs last Monday. The Dow finished up 0.3%, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq eked out 0.1% gains, while the Russell 2000 advanced 0.2%. These advances drove each of these indexes to record highs. Among the market sectors, materials and energy led the winners, while utilities, consumer discretionary, and consumer staples fell. Ten-year Treasury yields and crude oil prices climbed higher, while the dollar dipped lower.

Stocks retreated from their longest rally since 2017 last Tuesday, as the benchmark indexes dipped from their all time highs. Consumer discretionary, financials, information technology, and health care dragged the S&P 500 lower, falling 0.4% by the close of trading. The Dow declined 0.3%, the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 each lost 0.6%, and the Global Dow slid 0.3%. The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell to 1.43% — its lowest end-of-day rate since mid-September. Crude oil prices rose nearly 3.0%, while the dollar was mixed.

Rising inflation data shook the markets last Wednesday. Ten-year Treasury yields rose by nearly 9.0%, while the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 each fell by about 1.6%. The S&P 500 dipped 0.8%, the Dow slipped 0.7%, and the Global Dow fell 0.5%. The dollar climbed higher, while crude oil prices fell to $81.31 per barrel, down 3.4% from the previous day's value. Gold prices gained 1.2%. Several of the market sectors declined, led by energy (-3.0%), followed by information technology (-1.7%) and communication services (-1.3%). Consumer staples, health care, and utilities were the only sectors to close the day in the black.

Last Thursday was Veterans Day, an unusual trading day in the United States. Stock markets are open, but bond markets are closed. Tech stocks led a comeback in the Nasdaq, pushing that index up 0.5% last Thursday. The Russell 2000 also recovered some of the previous day's losses after advancing 0.8%. The large caps didn't fare quite as well. The S&P 500 inched up 0.1%, while the Dow fell 0.4%. The Global Dow dipped 0.1%. Crude oil prices decreased for the second consecutive day, falling to $81.12 per barrel. The dollar rose 0.3%.

Last Friday saw stocks post solid gains. The Nasdaq added 1.0%, followed by the S&P 500 (0.7%), the Dow (0.5%), the Global Dow (0.2%), and the Russell 2000 (0.1%). Ten-year Treasury yields advanced, while crude oil prices and the dollar fell. The market sectors were mixed on the day, with communication services and information technology gaining more than 1.0%, while energy and utilities dipped lower.

The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.410 per gallon on November 8, $0.020 per gallon more than the prior week's price and $1.314 higher than a year ago. Gasoline production decreased during the week ended November 5, averaging 10.1 million barrels per day. U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.4 million barrels per day during the week ended November 5 — 343,000 barrels per day more than the previous week's average. Refineries operated at 86.7% of their operable capacity, up from the prior week's level of 86.3%.

Market/Index

2020 Close

Prior Week

As of 11/12

Weekly Change

YTD Change

DJIA

30,606.48
36,327.95 36,100.31 -0.63% 17.95%

Nasdaq

12,888.28

15,971.59 15,860.96
-0.69%

23.06%

S&P 500

3,756.07

4,697.53 4,682.85 -0.31%

24.67%

Russell 2000

 1,974.86 2,437.08

2,411.78

-1.04% 22.12%

Global Dow

3,487.52

4,154.51

4,134.92 -0.47%

 

18.56%

Fed. Funds target rate

0.00%-0.25%

0.00%-0.25%

0.00%-0.25%

0 bps

0 bps

10-year Treasuries

0.91%

1.45%

1.58%

13 bps

67 bps

US Dollar-DXY

89.84

94.22

95.11

0.94% 5.87%

Crude Oil-CL=F

$48.52 $81.40 $80.84 -0.69% 66.61%

Gold-GC=F

$1,893.10

$1,819.00 $1,868.00 2.69%

 

-1.33%
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

  • Inflation data for October was hotter than expected. The Consumer Price Index jumped 0.9% in October after increasing 0.4% the previous month. Over the last 12 months ended in October, consumer prices have risen 6.2% — the largest 12-month increase since November 1990. Consumer prices less food and energy rose 4.6% over the last 12 months, the largest 12-month increase since August 1991. The October CPI advance was broad-based, with increases in energy (4.8%), shelter (0.5%), food (0.9%), used cars and trucks (2.5%), and new vehicles (1.4%) among the larger contributors. Gasoline prices increased 6.1% and prices for fuel oil rose 12.3%.
  • Prices that producers are charged for goods and services continued to climb higher in October. According to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, producer prices rose 0.6% last month, after advancing 0.5% in September and 0.7% in August. Producer prices have risen 8.6% for the 12 months ended in October. Prices less foods, energy, and trade services moved up 0.4% in October after increasing 0.1% in September. For the 12 months ended in October, producer prices less foods, energy, and trade services rose 6.2%. Over 60% of the October increase in producer prices can be traced to a 1.2% rise in goods prices. Producer prices for services increased 0.2%. Driving the increase in goods prices was a 4.8% jump in energy prices. In particular, prices for gasoline rose 6.7% in October. A 0.4% increase in trade services accounted for nearly 75% of the increase in producer prices for services.
  • The Treasury budget deficit for October, the first month of fiscal year 2022, was $165.1 billion. The deficit for the previous October was $284.1 billion, or 42%, greater. Government receipts totaled $283.9 billion, while expenditures were $449.0 billion. Compared to October 2020, individual income tax receipts rose 32.0%, while corporate tax receipts jumped 72.0%.
  • According to the latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary, there were 10.4 million job openings in September, a reduction of less than 200,000 from the previous month's total. Job openings increased in health care and social assistance (+141,000); state and local government, excluding education (+114,000); wholesale trade (+51,000); and information (+51,000). Job openings decreased in state and local government education (-114,000); other services (-104,000); real estate and rental and leasing (-65,000); and educational services (-45,000). In September, hires and total separations were little changed at 6.5 million and 6.2 million, respectively.
  • For the week ended November 6, there were 267,000 new claims for unemployment insurance, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's level, which was revised up by 2,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since March 14, 2020, when it was 256,000. According to the Department of Labor, the advance rate for insured unemployment claims for the week ended October 30 was 1.6%, unchanged from the previous week's rate. The advance number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits during the week ended October 30 was 2,160,000, an increase of 59,000 from the prior week's level, which was revised down by 4,000. For comparison, last year at this time, there were 728,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance, and the rate for unemployment claims was 4.6%. During the last week of February 2020 (pre-pandemic), there were 219,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance, and the number of those receiving unemployment insurance benefits was 1,724,000. States and territories with the highest insured unemployment rates for the week ended October 23 were Puerto Rico (3.7%), California (2.8%), the District of Columbia (2.5%), New Jersey (2.5%), the Virgin Islands (2.5%), Alaska (2.4%), Hawaii (2.8%), Illinois (2.2%), Nevada (2.2%), and Oregon (1.9%). The largest increases in initial claims for the week ended October 30 were in Kentucky (+2,882), Louisiana (+907), Minnesota (+885), Tennessee (+798), and New Jersey (+768), while the largest decreases were in Missouri (-3,014), Florida (-2,286), Virginia (-1,482), Oklahoma (-1,324), and Pennsylvania (-1,026).

Eye on the Week Ahead

More inflation data for October is available this week with the release of the retail sales report and import and export prices. Also worth watching is the Federal Reserve's report on industrial production. September saw industrial production slip 1.3%, with manufacturing output falling 0.7%. That followed August, which saw industrial production fall 0.1% (revised).

 

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. 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 of500 leading 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 indices listed are unmanaged and are not available for direct investment.

Prepared by Broadridge Investor Communication Solutions, Inc. Copyright 2021.
These materials are provided for general information and educational purposes based upon publicly available information from sources believed to be reliable — we cannot assure the accuracy or completeness of these materials. The information in these materials may change at any time and without notice. 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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