Week Ending 10/27/2023

MARKET RECAP

US stocks fell by 2.57% and international stocks by 1.10%. US stocks are now in correction territory, down 11.05% from their July high. Bonds managed a 0.64% rally. The US economy grew at a robust 4.9% in Q3, up from 2.1% the quarter prior. The GOP elected a speaker, Mike Johnson, after a couple of weeks of going through a series of nominees.

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Week Ending 10/20/2023

MARKET RECAP

US stocks fell by 2.37% and international stocks by 2.75%. Bonds dropped by 1.75%. The yield on the treasury hit 4.98% this week, the highest level since July 2007. The yield has had a steep rise since the Fed last increased interest rates in late July (up over one percentage point). Stocks are now down by 7.5% since July 26th.

86 S&P 500 companies have reported earnings, recording a 4.9% increase over last year. Almost 3/4 have topped estimates.

The Fed seems like it will hold off on interest rate increases for the time being but is sticking with the higher for longer theme.

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Week Ending 10/13/2023

MARKET RECAP

US stocks etched out a small 0.27% gain on the week despite the aftermath of the Hamas terrorist attacks on Israel.¬†Oil, gold, defensive stocks, and the US dollar increased as beneficiaries of the Hamas terrorist attacks. Some investors are thinking that the Fed pivot on interest rates might be in sight. Several Fed officials said that the big increases in bond yields have tightened financial conditions, in other words, the market may have already done a lot of the Fed’s anticipated future work.

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