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Weekly Market Recap | August 7, 2023

What happened last week

  • Negative bond market developments likely drove the sell-off in equities

  • Jobs report pointed to easing wage growth, indicative of progress towards 2% inflation

  • Apple Inc. earnings disappointed, bucking the trend of mega-cap tech earnings outperformance in Q2

What we’re watching this week

  • CPI1 data is a major release this week; more confirmation of disinflation would be positive for market sentiment
  • Focusing on bond price action as the US Treasury auctions 3-year, 10-year, and 30-year debt
  • Geopolitical developments on the commodities (grain, oil) front that could sour the progress on inflation

Horizon’s Investment Management Views

  • The government bond market was the focus last week as a confluence of negative surprises, including higher-than-expected Treasury issuance, a rating downgrade, and two bond-buying operations from the Bank of Japan led to a violent surge higher in Treasury yields. The 30-year yield approached levels last seen in November 2022, while the 10-year real (inflation-adjusted) yield touched its highest level since 2009. As we often say, “If you can’t price a Treasury, don’t ask us to price a stock.” True to form, less liquid parts of the bond market were under even more selling pressure last week, while global stocks had their most significant down week since the regional banking issues erupted in mid-March.

  • Friday’s jobs report partially reduced pressure on yields, a silver lining in an otherwise turbulent week. Wage growth continues to moderate, a welcome development for the Fed’s fight against inflation, which is still not over in their eyes despite the favorable June inflation print. The focus for this week on the macro front is Thursday’s update on inflation; confirmation of the June downtrend would be good news for investors in stocks and bonds alike.

  • Recent improvements in breadth continued as the NASDAQ 100 led declines in the US; disappointing earnings from Apple, its largest holding, likely played a role. Further profit-taking may be in store in the near future. But what is bad for the top of the market can be suitable for other areas, as small caps and dividend stocks outperformed last week. Also notable was the domestic energy sector, which ended the week in the green amidst a sea of red; crude is up almost 22% from its mid-June lows.


1Consumer Price Index

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