Overblown Inflation? | October 15, 2021

AUTHOR: Jason J. Roque, MS, CFP®, APMA®, AWMA®
TITLE:       Investment Adviser Rep – CCO
TAGS:   S&P 500, NASDAQ, FRB, Earnings, ISM

Rates were more subdued last week. Has inflation been overblown or will rates continue to climb in response?


Investors attempted to move higher at the open of the week, but they failed… The S&P 500 ended up losing 0.8%. A 3% rise in oil prices stoked concerns that inflation was going to persist.


Markets slipped as the S&P 500 lost 0.4% on the day. Earnings season starts in earnest this week with most major banks reporting. Concerns lie not with current performance but rather the forwarding guidance. The expectation is that companies will begin to reference the impact inflation will have on future performance.


The S&P 500 rose 0.3% on earnings data. Economic data was not aiding markets as headline inflation rose to 5.4% YoY in September. Softer core inflation caused interest rates to slip though. This could cause the Federal Reserve Bank (FRB) to delay the start of tapering. An overall dovish policy move that favors growth stocks.


Investors drove the market higher at the open as employment data improved. For the first time since the start of the pandemic initial jobless claims fell below 300K. Markets were able to hang on to the gains as the S&P 500 rose 1.7% on the day!


Markets moved up to close the week. The S&P 500 rose 0.75% on the day. Markets jumped at the open on unexpectedly strong retail data for September, closing out the 3rd quarter. After the jump at open, investors coasted into the close.


The S&P rose nearly 2% on the week, while yields started to shrug back from their highs a few weeks ago. Interest rates are still expected to be on the rise from a cyclical standpoint. The tactical move lower is not surprising considering the shock to the upside over the last month.

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