07|12|2022

All in Vain? | July 8, 2022

AUTHOR: Jason Roque, MS, CFP®, APMA®, AWMA®
TITLE:       Investment Adviser Rep – CCO
TAGS:   S&P 500, NASDAQ, UK, Rates, PCE

Growth stocks puffed out their chest this last week, but was it all in vain?

Monday                            S&P 500 – | NASDAQ –

Happy Rebellion Day!

Tuesday                            S&P 500 0.16% | NASDAQ 1.75%

The equity markets shifted dramatically to open the week. As it did the previous Friday, markets started the day in the red and clawed their way out. Investor sentiment was signaling a more growth friendly environment. This was because commodities continued to move lower, causing less and less concern around inflation. This would potentially mean a less aggressive Federal Reserve Bank (FRB). Growth stocks led on the day as a result.

Wednesday                      S&P 500 0.35% | NASDAQ 0.35%

Markets gained on the day, but it wasn’t until the final hour of trading that things moved into the green. Inflation driving commodities continued to tick lower. The FRB minutes from their last meeting came out on Wednesday. Nothing shocking was contained therein. It was just an over-abundance of inflation references and an FRB willing to do anything to eliminate the inflation threat.

Thursday                          S&P 500 1.50% | NASDAQ 2.28%

The climb resumed on Thursday as growth led the way higher. This came even as oil rose 3.83% on the day. The climb signals persistence to inflationary pressures. Trading may have been looking ahead at the jobs report due out Friday.

Friday                               S&P 500 0.08% | NASDAQ 0.14%

Friday was Jobs Day. The participation rate slipped a little; private nonfarm payrolls increased by 381K and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.6%. The job adds for the month were more than 100K higher than expected, showing continued health in the jobs market. This clears the path for the FRB to continue aggressively attacking inflation. On a sad note, Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzó Abe, was assassinated overnight. We send our prayer to Japan and all those personally touched by his loss!

Conclusion                       S&P 500 1.94% | NASDAQ 4.56%

Markets gained ground on the week, led decidedly by the battered growth markets. On the surface this appears as good news. Truly, this may be a signal of mounting concerns that the 2nd quarter will reflect negative growth for the economy. This would result in the classic definition of a recession. It means that the hawkish FRB goal of 3.5% fed funds rate by year end, may prove too lofty, which has pushed growth stocks higher. Ultimately, volatility should be expected as we come to the 2nd quarter GDP reading at the end of the month.

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