Market Insights: Last Week in Review with Rusty Vanneman, Vol. 83
Hope you had a great weekend filled with fall weather and the start of NFL football!
Also, congratulations to the many from our Orion team who received awards at The Wealthies last week – certainly an exciting event for the company this year!
Last week was broadly positive for the markets. The US market increased by nearly 4%, led by growth stocks at +5%; Bonds were the big loser for the week, dropping nearly 1% (Morningstar, Sept. 2022).
It’s been a good quarter so far: The US market has gained over 8%, again led by growth stocks at +11%; Bonds have again struggled, losing just over 1%, while commodities have gained just over 1% (Morningstar, Sept. 2022).
Bottom line: Despite some third-quarter strength, it’s been a tough year across the board. The US market is still down nearly 15% YTD, Bonds are down nearly 12%, and commodities, one of the only bright spots for the year, have a gain of about 21% (Morningstar, Sept. 2022).
Ten-year Treasury yields last week finished at 3.32% (up another 13 basis points over the last week) the range last week was from 3.21% to 3.35% (Morningstar, Sept. 2022).
- The yield to maturity on the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index also rose last week to 4.10% as of Sept. 9, 2022; this also represents 10-year (at least) highs (Bloomberg, Sept. 2022).
- The average money market yield is now 2.04% as of Sept. 9, 2022 (Crane Data, Sept. 2022).
The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate increased to 6.08% (up 13 basis points) last week (Bankrate, Sept. 2022). This represents the highest rates since 2008, or a 14-year high, however, these rates are still relatively low by historical standards (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 2022).
Bespoke Investments looked at every bear market over Queen Elizabeth II’s reign as the Queen of England. Despite these bear markets, the S&P 500 gained over 16,000% cumulatively, or 7.6% per year before dividends, and the annualized figure is over 10% with dividends included (Bespoke, Sept. 2022).
According to the AAII Investor Sentiment Survey for the week of Sept. 5, 2022, investor’s bullish sentiment hit its lowest level since early April 2022 at only 18% of investors being bullish on the economy, while bearish sentiment also hit its highest level since mid-June 2022. While this may read as a negative sign to most, investor sentiment can often serve as a contrarian indicator for future returns (*queue Warren Buffett’s quote on investor greed*).
Domestic economic data last week was relatively calm. However, the European Central Bank (ECB) rose its key rate by 75 basis points, its largest increase since the early days of the European currency union, to further battle the effects of increased inflation (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 2022).
This week’s economic calendar from Calculated Risk is jam packed:
- Tuesday, September 13: CPI and Core CPI; consensus is for a 0.1% decrease in CPI and a 0.3% increase in Core CPI (Calculated Risk, Sept. 2022)
- Wednesday, September 14: Producer Price Index (aka PPI, aka one of the Fed’s favorite inflation indicators) (Calculated Risk, Sept. 2022)
- Thursday, September 15: Retail sales for August
- Friday, September 16: University of Michigan consumer sentiment results
The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow‘s estimate for real (“after-inflation”) GDP growth (which uses actual economic data for inputs) decreased last week by over a full percent. The third-quarter 2022 GDP estimate is now at +1.3% as of Sept. 9, 2022 (GDPNow).
Regarding second-quarter corporate earnings, we only have a few companies left to report. Here’s the summary according to I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv as of Sept. 9, 2022:
- 22Q2 Y/Y earnings are expected to be 8.5%; excluding the energy sector, the Y/Y earnings estimate is -2.1% (Refinitiv, Sept. 2022).
- Of the 498 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings to date for 22Q2, 77.5% have reported earnings above analyst estimates; this compares to a long-term average of 66.1% and prior four-quarter average of 80.6% (Refinitiv, Sept. 2022).
- During the week of Sept. 12, two S&P 500 companies are expected to report quarterly earnings (Refinitiv, Sept. 2022).
Crypto Corner – Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Brinker Capital Sr. Portfolio Manager
- Cryptocurrency prices rebounded last week. Bitcoin rose nearly 9% to $21,500, and Ethereum jumped 12.6% to just under $1,800; Ethereum Classic, Solana, and Avalanche added 19%, 12% and 8% respectively (CoinMarketCap, Sept. 2022).
- All eyes this week are on the Ethereum merge scheduled for Wednesday. The final network test was successfully deployed over the weekend; several wallets and exchanges will be pausing Ethereum transactions during and around the merge, prepare accordingly (Arcane Research, Sept. 2022). The White House is calling for standards to minimize crypto mining’s environmental impact; SEC Chair Gary Gensler spoke out in support of the CFTC regulating Bitcoin (Decrypt, Sept. 2022). A chart from the September Eaglebrook monthly webinar – showing a specific way of valuing Bitcoin – is hovering around levels last seen during 2019 and 2020 lows.
- There was a new ETF launch in the space this week, kind of. Defiance ETFs launched an inverse/short version (IBIT) of the largest equity ETF in the Blockchain/crypto space, Amplify Transformational Data Sharing (BLOK) (EFT.com, Sept. 2022). Hopefully it marks a bottom!
A quote from my favorite weekly newsletter from James Clear: “Each day is a small lifetime. Live a good life today.” (Goodreads, Sept. 2022)
Last week’s Orion’s The Weighing Machine podcast was with Portfolio Manager Mike Petro from Putnam Investments, talking small cap value. Did you know (using Morningstar indices) that small cap value has outperformed large cap growth over the last three years? Can this continue? Check out Mike’s interview. As for this week’s podcast, it’s a super solid one. It’s with Blackrock’s Michael Gates who manages their ETF model portfolios. Michael certainly had some intriguing thoughts on direct indexing. Michael is not only an experienced and successful portfolio manager, but also a painter. A modern Renaissance Man! Thanks for listening!
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