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%. For Full article click here:Winthrop Partners Market and Economic Outlook 11-15-21