Last week was another tough week in the markets last week, particularly for the growth sector. The NASDAQ index, which is heavily weighted in technology shares, lost ground for the sixth consecutive day and lost over 5% for the week. It lost over 2% on Friday alone. The NASDAQ now trails the S&P 500 by over 3% year-to-date. The losses were particularly acute in some of the names that have benefited the most from investor enthusiasm in artificial intelligence, including large losses Friday in Nvidia losing 10% (its worst day since March 2020) and Super Micro Computer which lost 23%.
Commodity prices did move higher last week and now lead the major asset classes in terms of year-to-date returns. This happened despite a higher dollar again. Also interesting is that non-US stocks lost less ground again than the US market and have outperformed US stocks in recent months during this period of short-term dollar strength. Typically, a stronger dollar means stronger relative performance for the US market, but if growth stocks lead the way lower, given that the US market has more exposure to growth/tech names, a stronger dollar may not be enough to help relative performance.  

A leading reason for losses last week is that long-term interest rates continue to march higher. Ten-year Treasuries, for instance, reached their highest levels since last November following last week’s strong retail sales numbers. In turn, more investors are believing that inflation might not be conquered yet and interest rates will remain higher for longer. The “higher for longer” view was indeed repeatedly reinforced from various Federal Reserve speakers last week, including Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell stating:

"The recent data have clearly not given us greater confidence and instead indicate that it's likely to take longer than expected to achieve that confidence."

As for this week, it is another busy one for earnings. This week features some of the big names in tech and other market favorites in recent years, including Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, Alphabet (Google) and Tesla. First quarter GDP is reported this Thursday. Expectations are for 2.2% growth. We also have key inflation data Friday (PCE). Headline PCE is expected to be 2.6% year-over-year, while core-PCE is expected to be 2.7%. Developments in the Middle East and interest rate movements could also be market movers again this week.

Bottom line:


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Key Data

Stocks, Bonds, Alternatives, & Real Assets as of April 19, 2024

Security Name Risk Score 1 Wk 1 Mo QTD YTD 1 Yr 3 Yr Ann.
Global Equities (60% US, 40% Intl) 100 -2.84% -3.54% -5.01% 2.55% 15.50% 3.80%
S&P 500 Total Return 102 -3.04% -3.54% -5.01% 4.58% 21.45% 7.73%
Dow Jones Industrial Average 97 0.05% -2.79% -4.49% 1.37% 14.49% 5.83%
NASDAQ 100 Total Return 122 -5.36% -5.47% -6.64% 1.50% 31.26% 7.88%
TV Benchmark 107 -2.78% -4.08% -5.51% 2.48% 22.40% 7.15%
Morningstar US Large Cap 102 -3.36% -4.11% -5.24% 5.26% 24.14% 7.81%
Morningstar US Mid Cap 113 -2.26% -3.61% -6.25% 2.06% 14.45% 3.22%
Morningstar US Small Cap 125 -2.21% -3.70% -7.55% -2.29% 12.22% -0.74%
Morningstar US Value 98 -0.15 -1.51% -4.46% 3.57% 13.62% 7.52%
Morningstar US Growth 126 -4.98% -6.42% -7.93% -0.26% 20.50% 0.40%
MSCI ACWI Ex USA  98 -2.49% -2.99% -4.24% 0.37% 6.80% -0.31%
MSCI EAFE  101 -2.28% -3.59% -4.66% 0.99% 7.62% 2.08%
MSCI EM 98 -3.58% -2.06% -3.63% -1.28% 4.53% -6.62%
Bloomberg US Agg Bond Index 27 -0.61% -1.58% -2.36% -3.11% -0.24% -3.47%
Bloomberg Commodity Index 70 0.23% 3.95% 3.92% 6.20% 1.32% 9.08%
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index 25 -0.68% -0.77% -1.31% 1.81% 6.35% 1.07%
US Dollar 10 0.83% 2.63% 1.54% 4.75% 4.33% 5.05%
Bloomberg US Treasury Bill 1-3mo 1 0.10% 0.48% 0.30% 1.63% 5.40% 2.76%
Source: Morningstar

The TV Benchmark represents an average of the S&P 500, Dow Jones IA, and NASDAQ 100 return indexes. The Orion Risk Score represents risk relative to the global equity market.



Interest Rates as of April 19, 2024

Rate This Week 1 Wk Δ%
13-Wk Treasury Yield 5.24% 0.01%
10-Yr Treasury Yield 4.62% 0.12%
Bloomberg US Agg Yield 5.33% -0.04%
Avg Money Mkt Yield 5.12% -0.01%
Avg 30-Yr Mortgage Rate 7.03% 0.08%
Sources: Yahoo Finance, S&P Global, Crane Data, BankRate



Key Economic Data Last Week

Data Point Expectation Actual
US Retail Sales 0.3% 0.7%
Housing Starts 1.48M 1.32M
Existing Home Sales 4.17M 4.19M
Sources: MarketWatch, First Trust



Key Economic Data This Week

Data Point Expectation Release Date
Durable Goods Orders 0.3% 4/23/24
Q1 GDP 2.2% 4/24/24
Personal Income 0.5% 4/26/24
PCE YoY 2.6% 4/26/24
Core PCE YoY 2.7% 4/26/24
Source: MarketWatch




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