02|23|2022

Will the Clouds Part? | February 18, 2022

AUTHOR: Jason J. Roque, MS, CFP®, APMA®, AWMA®
TITLE:       Investment Adviser Rep – CCO
TAGS:   S&P 500, NASDAQ, FRB, Earnings, ISM

It was a rough week for markets. Volatility is up, but will it be here to stay or are the clouds soon to part?

Monday

Markets dropped at the opening bell and gained briefly in mid-day trading; however, the S&P 500 never really gained momentum for the day. The index closed down .38% for the day. Importantly, the 10-year treasury closed above 2% for the second time in a week.

Tuesday

The S&P 500 opened in the positive at the news of easing tensions in Russia and Ukraine. PPI Figures came in slightly lower at 9.7% (Jan) compared to 9.8% (Dec) but are still high. As wholesale prices increase, the price to the consumer will also go up which is the concern with inflation. The market appeared undeterred following three day of negative trading. S&P closed up 1.58%.

Wednesday

The market looked like it was preparing for another down day in anticipation of FRB minutes from January. The S&P 500 was down 0.8% most of the day. In the end it climbed out, managing to rise 0.09%. At the same time the 10-year treasury slipped back below 2%. So, while the markets regained composure, safe haven assets were being purchased.

Thursday

The S&P 500 tumbled on Thursday, falling 1.70%. The NASDAQ led the way lower, falling 3%. Fears came from two fronts on Thursday. Markets were feeling tensions rise in the situation between Ukraine and Russia. Additionally, Federal Reserve Board (FRB) member, Bullard, spoke. He indicated the FRB would have to take more aggressive action than the markets were pricing in to fight inflation.

Friday

Markets continued the slide into Friday. The S&P 500 lost 0.72% on the day. It is not surprising to see markets sell into the long holiday weekend. It is an extended period of time for bad things to happen, given the geo-political risks at play.

Conclusion

The S&P 500 ended up losing ground by 1.57% last week. It is coming close to closing down 105, which marks a technical correction. Volatility is up and safe haven assets are catching a bid. This marks the first correction since September-October 2020. They are typically 2 to 3 months in duration. That means we still have time for some more volatility before the cloud’s part…

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