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Weekly Market Recap | 5/13/24

What happened last week

  • Price action: The S&P 500 rose higher and through key technical levels, recovering the majority of April’s losses.
  • Interest Rates: Ahead of this week’s CPI release, the march higher in bond yields has taken a pause.
  • Consumer Sentiment: Falling consumer confidence added to a burgeoning negative narrative around the health of this key economic pillar.

What we’re watching this week

  • U.S. Data: All-important April inflation reading following string of upside surprises; retail sales data also provides a pulse on the consumer.
  • Fundamentals: Earnings from key consumer companies like Walmart and Home Depot will provide additional context on the state of the U.S. consumer.
  • International Data: Growth data out of other key geographies including Japan, the European Union, and China, round out the week.

Horizon’s Investment Management Views

Stocks marched higher last week amidst relatively little newsflow after a litany of macro and fundamental catalysts in late April. The S&P 500 traded well through its 50-day moving average (a key trend measure) and closed the week less than 1% from its previous all-time high. Encouragingly and unlike much of last year, market breadth is improving as the market climbs. We are keeping a watch on tangential AI-plays and more cyclical parts of the market that may benefit from a near-term stabilization in China’s economy.

Bond yields were relatively flat despite a deluge of corporate and government supply last week. The upward trend in rates that characterized much of April has stalled out recently due to a soft patch in U.S. economic data. Indeed, bears are thumping their chests that the consumer is finally rolling after a sharp fall in consumer confidence and weaker-than-expected guides from some consumer-facing companies in this earnings season. Our view is that only widespread job losses can materially dent consumption; recent action is more likely a case of overly optimistic projections due to the extrapolation of short-term trends by the economic community. This wouldn’t be the first time economists have fallen into this trap in the post-Covid period. Even still, we are keeping an open mind as news comes in.

Headlining the week ahead is the April CPI print, which the market is anxiously awaiting following the string of upside surprises that had catalyzed some of the move higher in interest rates we mentioned earlier. On the growth front, retail sales, small business confidence, and earnings from Walmart, Home Depot, and Ross are the highlights. Outside the U.S., growth data from Japan and the European Union, in addition to Chinese retail sales data, will provide fresh updates on global growth trends.

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