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Weekly Market Recap | 07/08/24

What happened last week

  • Price Action: MAG-7 leads U.S. equity indices to fresh all-time highs as small-caps and large-cap value decline.
  • Softening Economic Data: Unemployment rate ticked higher to 4.1%, up from 3.7% at the start of this year.
  • French Elections: A coalition of the left placed first, upsetting the frontrunner far right; uncertainty regarding French fiscal policy remains high.

What we’re watching this week

  • U.S. Inflation: Main event this week with potential for a downside surprise to pull forward Federal Reserve’s first rate cut.
  • 2Q Earnings: Large banks kick off earnings season in earnest on Friday.
  • Politics: Closely monitoring any potential changes to Democratic Party ticket, fallout from French Far Left upset victory, and changes in policy from other countries with new governments (UK, Iran, etc).

Horizon’s Investment Management Views

Last week, U.S. stocks registered fresh all-time highs, led by the mega-caps. The Magnificent 7 (MAG-7) gained ~8%, outperforming the average S&P 500 stock by the widest margin since last May. Although we expected long-term trends to reassert themselves at the beginning of the quarter, the extent of last week’s mega-cap dominance caught us by surprise. The narrow nature of last week’s rally is highlighted by the fact that domestic value and small-cap stocks ended the week lower despite the fall in interest rates; moves lower in rates have recently correlated with small-cap outperformance versus large-caps.

Adding to our expectation of volatility ahead are two factors: weakness in the economic data and political uncertainty. Last week’s data releases pointed to continued softening in both the services sector and the labor market, with the unemployment rate rising for the third straight month. Political uncertainty is an increasingly important driver of investor sentiment. A surprisingly strong showing by a coalition of the French left removed the tail scenario of a far right majority, however, it does little to increase certainty regarding the policy trajectory out of Paris. In the U.S., Biden’s future remains uncertain with Democrats, now including some lawmakers, splintering on their support of the President.

An update to U.S. inflation data is the primary market catalyst this week. A soft CPI print could embolden the doves on the FOMC to push for a September cut. Turning to corporate fundamentals, Friday is the unofficial start of 2Q earnings season with many of the largest household banking names kicking things off on Friday. Zooming out, the bar for this earnings season looks like it is moving ever higher, especially for some of the MAG-7 names. We expect a volatile few weeks ahead as the potential for earnings surprises and lingering political questions keep uncertainty high.

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