The Markets (as of market close June 10, 2022)
U.S. stocks tumbled with their biggest losses in three weeks, and Treasury yields rose by 20 basis points as inflation continued to push higher. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here declined, led by the Nasdaq and the S&P 500, which dropped by more than 5.0%. Crude oil prices rose marginally, the dollar inched higher, while gold prices rose by more than $22.00 per ounce. Last Friday, the latest data showed that the Consumer Price Index rose 8.6% in May from one year earlier, the fastest pace since 1981. Several factors are driving price pressures including the Russia/Ukraine war, which has impacted energy and crude oil prices; supply-chain disruptions; China’s economic lockdown in response to rising COVID cases; and a tight labor market, with demand for workers far outpacing supply, driving wages higher. Demand for travel and other services has surged with the onset of summer and the receding impact of COVID-19, pushing up prices for airline fares, hotels, and dining. Unfortunately, higher prices are cutting into profits for many businesses. Also, in its attempt to temper inflationary pressures, the Federal Reserve is likely to step up measures to tighten spending by raising interest rates further increasing the cost of borrowing and doing business. For consumers in general and investors in particular, higher prices are likely to impact consumer spending and slow economic activity.
Stocks posted modest gains last Monday. A sell-off in Treasuries sent 10-year yields above 3.0% for the first time since mid-May. The Nasdaq gained 0.4%, while the Global Dow, the Russell 2000, and the S&P 500 rose 0.3%. The Dow eked out a 0.1% advance. Crude oil prices slipped marginally, closing at around $118.50 per barrel. The dollar advanced, while gold prices fell more than $5.00 to $1,845.10 per ounce. China is set to begin easing COVID-related restrictions that could help ease supply-chain pressures. Elsewhere, the European Central Bank is about to end bond purchases and increase borrowing costs, likely in July.
Equities pushed higher last Tuesday led by energy and tech shares. Stocks recovered from a dip early in the day following news that a major retailer cut in its profit outlook. A drop in bond yields helped fuel the surge in stocks. By the close of trading last Tuesday, the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 rose 1.0%, the Dow gained 0.8%, the Russell 2000 jumped 1.6%, and the Global Dow increased 0.3%. Ten-year Treasury yields fell 6.6 basis points to end the day at 2.97%. Crude oil prices continued to push toward $120.00 per barrel after ending the day at $119.63. The dollar slipped lower while gold prices advanced.
Stocks slid lower last Wednesday following a two-day rally. Each of the benchmark indexes lost value, with the Russell 2000 falling nearly 1.6%. The Nasdaq dropped 1.1%, the Dow lost 0.8%, while the S&P 500 and the Global Dow dipped 0.7%. Bond prices declined, with yields on 10-year Treasuries rising 5.7 basis points to reach 3.02%. The dollar and gold prices increased. Crude oil prices continued to advance, climbing another $3.14 to hit $122.55 per barrel. Rising crude oil prices and related gas price increases are prompting concerns that economic growth will be stifled and corporate earnings will take a hit.
Last Thursday saw stocks extend their slide as investors contemplated more economic growth concerns following the European Central Bank’s intention to hike interest rates by a quarter-point next month. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here fell by nearly 1.9%.  Ten-year Treasury yields remained above 3.0%, the dollar rose, while gold prices dipped lower. Crude oil prices slipped, down $0.75 to close around $121.36 per barrel. Investors withdrew from stocks last Friday after the latest jump in the Consumer Price Index likely signaled more economic tightening. The Nasdaq plunged 3.5% on the day, followed by the S&P 500 and the Global Dow (-2.9%), the Dow (-2.7%), and the Russell 2000 (-2.6%). The yield on 10-year Treasuries jumped more than 11 basis points to close
at 3.15%. Crude oil prices retreated to $120.49 per barrel. The Dollar rose against a basket of currencies. Gold prices climbed nearly $23.00 to reach $1,875.60 per ounce. Click here for full article:  Winthrop Partners’ Market and Economic Outlook 6-13-22