The Markets (as of market close November 5, 2021)

The first week of November saw stocks climb higher on the strength of favorable corporate earnings data, strong job growth, a dovish policy statement from the Federal Reserve, and favorable news on the battle against COVID-19. Several of the benchmark indexes listed here reached record highs. The Russell 2000 led the indexes for the week, followed by the Nasdaq, the S&P 500, the Global Dow, and the Dow. Ten-year Treasury yields dipped for the second consecutive week. The dollar inched higher, while crude oil prices fell. Several of the market sectors trended higher, led by consumer discretionary (5.0%), information technology (3.3%), and materials (3.2%).

Energy and consumer discretionary stocks helped drive the S&P 500 to another record high last Monday. Third-quarter corporate earnings data has continued to be strong, with results of more than 80% of the reporting companies in the S&P 500 exceeding estimates. Stocks have generally rallied since earnings season began a few weeks ago, despite ongoing and persistent supply-chain bottlenecks that have weighed on manufacturers. Also posting gains were the small caps of the Russell 2000 (2.7%), the Global Dow (1.0%), the Nasdaq (0.6%), and the Dow (0.3%). Treasury yields were flat, the dollar fell, and crude oil prices increased.

Last Tuesday, the Dow (0.4%) closed above 36,000 for the first time ever, while the S&P 500 (0.4%) and the Nasdaq (0.3%) also reached record highs. The Russell 2000 rose 0.2%, while the Global Dow dropped 0.2%. Ten-year Treasury yields fell to 1.54%. The dollar climbed higher, while crude oil prices declined. The best performing market sectors were materials, real estate, information technology, consumer staples, and health care.

Wall Street continued to trend higher last Wednesday after the Federal Reserve’s policy announcement matched expectations. The Russell 2000 gained 1.8%, followed by the Nasdaq (1.0%), the S&P 500 (0.7%), the Global Dow (0.4%), and the Dow (0.3%). With Wednesday’s gains, the S&P 500, the Dow, the Nasdaq, and the Russell 2000 each closed at record highs, a feat not seen since the beginning of 2018. The market sectors generally performed well, with only energy (-0.8%) and utilities (-0.3%) falling. Consumer discretionary (1.8%) and materials (1.1%) gained the most. Bond prices fell, pushing yields higher. The dollar and crude oil prices declined.

The Nasdaq and the S&P 500 rose to new all time highs last Thursday, while the Dow, the Russell 2000, and the Global Dow slipped lower. Ten-year Treasury yields fell to 1.52%. The dollar rose, while crude oil prices fell below $80.00 to $79.21 per barrel. The market sectors were mixed, with consumer discretionary and information technology advancing 1.5%, while financials and real estate dipped more than 1.0%.

Stocks closed last week on a high note, with the Dow, the Russell 2000, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500 reaching record highs. Strong jobs data and encouraging news about the viability of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 helped equities extend recent gains. The Russell 2000 advanced nearly 1.5%, followed by the Dow (0.6%), the Global Dow (0.5%), the S&P 500 (0.4%), and the Nasdaq (0.2%). Health care was the only market sector to recede. Energy jumped 1.4% to lead the gainers. Treasury yields and the dollar slid, while crude oil prices climbed back above $80.00 per barrel, closing around $81.40.

The national average retail price for regular gasoline was $3.390 per gallon on November 1, $0.007 per gallon more than the prior week’s price and $1.278 higher than a year ago. Gasoline production increased during the week ended October 29, averaging 10.2 million barrels per day. U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged 15.0 million barrels per day during the week ended October 29 — 25,000 barrels per day less than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 86.3% of their operable capacity, up from the prior week’s level of 85.1%. Click here for the full article: Winthrop Partner’s Market and Economic Update 11-8-21