The Markets (as of market close April 22, 2022)

Wall Street closed lower last week as investors weighed mixed earnings data against increased certainty of aggressive interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve. It was the third straight week of losses for the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq, while the Dow declined for the fourth consecutive week. The hawkish stance taken by the Fed has equities, particularly tech and growth shares, retreating. The small caps of the Russell 2000 fell the furthest last week, followed by the Nasdaq, the Global Dow, the S&P 500, and the Dow. Among the market sectors, only real estate and consumer staples posted weekly gains. Ten-year Treasury yields rose by 8 basis points as bond prices slid lower. Crude oil and gold prices declined, while the dollar advanced.

Stocks edged lower while bond yields rose to begin the week last Monday. The small caps of the Russell 2000 slid 0.7%, pulled lower by underperforming health care and industrials sectors. The remaining benchmark indexes listed here closed the day relatively flat, as the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500 wavered between small gains and losses throughout the day. Ten-year Treasury yields rose 3.4 basis points to 2.86%. Crude oil prices added nearly $1.00 to reach $107.89 per barrel. The dollar and gold prices also advanced.

Wall Street rallied last Tuesday, buoyed by strong, first-quarter earnings data from several companies. Of the 48 companies in the S&P 500 that reported first-quarter earnings, 79% posted strong returns. The Nasdaq and the Russell 2000 each gained about 2.0%, followed by the S&P 500 (1.6%), the Dow (1.5%), and the Global Dow (0.4%). Crude oil prices waned on demand concerns, dropping nearly $6.00 to $102.5 per barrel. Bond prices continued to slide, pushing the yield on 10-year Treasuries up 5.1 basis points to 2.91%. The dollar edged higher, while gold prices dipped nearly $37.00 to $1,949.40 per ounce.

Equities ended last Wednesday mixed, with the Dow (0.7%), the Global Dow (0.6%), and the Russell 2000 (0.4%) advancing, while the Nasdaq (-1.2%) and the S&P 500 (-0.1%) lost value. First-quarter earnings data continued to be generally upbeat. Prices on 10-year Treasuries advanced, pulling yields down 7.3 basis points to 2.84%. Crude oil prices were flat, while the dollar and gold prices slid.

Despite an early-day surge on the heels of positive earnings data, stocks closed last Thursday lower after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said a 50-basis point rate hike is “on the table” when the central bank meets on May 3-4. The Russell 2000 dropped 2.3%, followed by the Nasdaq (-2.1%), the S&P 500 (-1.5%), the Dow (-1.1%), and the Global Dow (-0.8%). Crude oil prices climbed to $103.97 per barrel. The dollar inched higher, while gold prices slid. The yield on 10-year Treasuries rose 7.7 basis points to 2.91%.

Stocks closed last Friday lower to end a week that saw the market seesaw. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here fell more than 2.25%, with the Dow and the S&P 500 declining 2.8%, followed by the Russell 2000 and the Nasdaq, which slid 2.6%. Ten-year Treasury yields dipped slightly to end the day at 2.90%. Crude oil prices declined $2.14 to $101.65 per barrel. The dollar inched higher, while gold prices waned.  Click here for full article: Winthrop Partners’ Market and Economic Update April 24, 2022