Presented by Mark Gallagher
General market news
• U.S. Treasuries have experienced volatility over the last few weeks due to several factors, including the upcoming election. The good news is that the election will soon be over, leaving yields to react to more traditional economic indicators and Federal Reserve projections. The 10-year yield went as high as 1.88 percent last week and as low as 1.71 percent, before opening this Monday morning at 1.82 percent.
• The S&P 500 Index continued its sell-off last week, posting a return of –1.89 percent. The uncertainty of the election appears to have led the market to take a risk-off position. Fortunately, as expected, the Federal Reserve opted to keep rates unchanged during its November meeting, avoiding additional uncertainty. All sectors were down last week, but materials, industrials, and utilities saw the smallest losses. The worst-performing sectors were technology, telecom, and energy. The Nasdaq Composite Index posted a loss of 2.70 percent for the week.
• The biggest economic news last week was the Fed’s decision to keep rates at their current level. The economic data was mostly positive. Both personal income and consumer spending showed signs of improvement, as income increased by 0.3 percent and consumer spending moved up by 0.5 percent. The ISM Manufacturing Index also showed a modest increase, but that news was offset by signs of slowing in the ISM Non-Manufacturing Index, as new orders moved lower. Lastly, the employment report showed solid payroll growth, with upward revisions to nonfarm payrolls data for August and September. The unemployment rate now sits at 4.9 percent.
|MSCI Emerging Markets||–2.57%||–2.57%||13.45%||4.16%|
|Fixed Income Index||Month-to-Date||Year-to-Date||12-Month|
|U.S. Broad Market||0.16%||5.15%||5.38%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
What to look forward to
The election week should be a quiet one for economic news. We will see data on consumer credit and Consumer Confidence, which is expected to increase only slightly after its recent drop.
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Mark Gallagher is a financial advisor located at Gallagher Financial Services at 2586 East 7th Ave. Suite #304, North Saint Paul, MN 55109. He offers securities and advisory services as an Investment Adviser Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. He can be reached at 651-774-8759 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network.
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