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Market News – A Week of Surprises and Expectations

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Market News – What an eventful week it was for market news! The ADP employment change took a hit with a significant miss, only to bounce back on Friday with the government NFP number, which came out as a substantial beat. Thanks to these developments, the market managed to end the week on a slightly positive note, with the S&P 500 SPY closing up around 0.5%.

In the energy sector, oil took a beating this week, closing down almost 9%, and many energy stocks followed suit. Hopefully, this downturn will translate into good news for energy prices.

Market News - A Week of Surprises and Expectations

Market News – A Week of Surprises and Expectations

Looking ahead, this week promises to be packed with PPI, CPI, FOMC Minutes, and more. Here are five things to keep an eye on in the markets this week:

Bank Holiday

Monday will see US and Canadian Banks closed in observance of Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day respectively. While this will impact commercial and personal banking, the markets will remain open for trading as usual. However, it could potentially affect trading volumes on Monday in futures, stocks, and options.

FOMC Minutes

The minutes from the last FOMC rate announcement often cause some volatility in the market. We already know what the rate decision was, but investors often dig through the meeting minutes looking for insights into future rate decisions. Powell has already hinted that another hike could be on the horizon this year, so these minutes will likely be scrutinized closely.

PPI

The Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the change in the price of finished goods sold by producers. Given all the inflation over the past few years, a negative number here would likely produce a positive reaction in the market. The last few have come in significantly higher than expected, which could be seen as a sign that the Fed doesn’t have inflation under control.

CPI

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures inflation from the consumer’s perspective. If PPI comes in hot, then it’s possible that we see CPI come in hot as well. With last week’s incredible NFP report, the Fed will likely be keeping a closer eye on these reports.

Bond Yields

Bond yields are likely to take center stage in the coming weeks or even months. Why is this important? Well, as rates rise, both private and public debt become more expensive. This happens because bonds with lower rates are replaced by those with higher rates. Now, let’s break it down a bit. Most creditors will probably want to sell their longer-dated bonds. Instead, they’ll opt for shorter-dated ones that offer a higher yield. This shift could stir up some waves in the bond markets.

But what does this mean for you? Well, changes in the bond markets often mirror movements in the equities markets. While there’s no guarantee, history shows us that bonds and equities often move together.

  • 8 October 2023
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