The Markets (as of market close March 11, 2022)

Each of the benchmark indexes listed here closed lower for the second straight week. The war in Ukraine continued, with Ukraine’s top diplomat indicating he saw no progress in talks with Russia. Inflation continued to run hot ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting. During the week, markets oscillated between panic selling and dip buying. And the volatility wasn’t restricted to stocks — crude oil prices and bond yields also swung higher and lower. By the end of the week, the Nasdaq, the S&P 500, and the Dow fell the furthest. Crude oil prices dipped about $5.00 per barrel. Gold prices rose nearly 1.0%. The dollar inched higher, while 10-year Treasury yields added 28 basis points.


Wall Street opened last week lower. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here fell by at least 2.0%, with the Nasdaq (-3.6%) and the S&P 500 (-3.0%) dropping the most. The Russell 2000 lost 2.5%, the Dow slipped 2.4%, and the Global Dow slid 2.1%. Ten-year Treasury yields rose nearly 3 basis points to 1.75%. The dollar was mixed. Gold prices continued to climb, closing the day up 1.7% to $2,004.30 per ounce. Crude oil prices rose to $121.41 per barrel. The national average price for regular gasoline topped $4.00 a gallon for the first time in over a decade and only $0.11 lower than the record high on July 17, 2008. Rising gasoline prices at the pump are a reflection of the pressure that the Russia-Ukraine crisis has put on the global oil markets.


Other than the Russell 2000 (0.60%), the benchmark indexes listed here closed lower last Tuesday as investors weighed the impact of the U.S. ban on imports of Russian oil and energy. The S&P 500 dipped 0.7%, while the Dow fell 0.6%. The Nasdaq and the Global Dow lost 0.3%. Ten-year Treasury yields rose 12 basis points to 1.87%. The dollar slid lower, while crude oil prices advanced to $124.87 per barrel. Gold prices jumped 3.1% to $2,058.20 per ounce. Not surprisingly, energy was the only sector to gain ground, as consumer staples and health care dropped more than 2.0%. While about 8.0% of U.S. total petroleum imports come from Russia, European countries rely more heavily on Russian crude oil and natural gas for energy. The embargo on Russian energy and crude oil raises several issues, including finding alternative sources to replace the Russian supply, the impact of the embargo on global trade flows, supply chain disruptions, and inflation.


Last Wednesday, in a turn of events, stock prices surged to their biggest rally since June 2020, while European shares advanced the most since March 2020. Crude oil prices dropped nearly 11.0% to $110.32 per barrel, while 10-year Treasury yields added more than 7 basis points to close at 1.94%. The dollar and gold prices declined. The latest rally may be temporary, driven by dip buyers and bargain hunters.


Wall Street dipped lower last Thursday as investors reacted to inflation reaching a 40-year high and a lack of progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine as the war raged on. Each of the benchmark indexes listed here finished in the red, with the Nasdaq falling 1.0%. The S&P 500 lost 0.4%, followed by the Dow (-0.3%), the Russell 2000 (-0.2%), and the Global Dow (-0.2%). Ten-year Treasury prices slid, driving yields up 6 basis points to 2.01%. The dollar and gold prices rose, while crude oil prices decreased 2.3% to $106.21 per barrel. Despite the drop in crude oil prices, the energy sector advanced more than 3.0%.


Stocks continued to slide last Friday as Russia expanded its attack on Ukraine. President Joe Biden called for removal of normal trade relations with Russia, likely the precursor for new tariffs on Russian imports. A drop in tech shares pulled the Nasdaq down 2.2%. The small caps of the Russell 2000 fell 1.6%. The large caps of the S&P 500 (-1.3%) and the Dow (-0.7%) closed in the red. The Global Dow declined 0.4%. Crude oil prices rose over 3.0% to $109.40 per barrel. Ten-year Treasury yields dipped minimally, while the dollar advanced for a second consecutive day.  Click here for entire article: Winthrop Partners Market and Economic Update 3-14-22