EQUITIES UP AGAIN AS THE S&P 500 ENTERS BULL MARKET TERRITORY AND SMALL CAPS MAKE A STRONG JUMP ON THE WEEK
Weekly Market Update — June 10, 2023
|Weekly Market Performance
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Equities Up This Week as S&P 500 Enters Official Bull Market
Stocks inched higher this week, as trading was light as Wall Street tried to figure out whether the Fed might raise rates or pause at its next policy meeting next week. Traders are interestingly betting against a rate hike next week while they are more confident of a rate hike at the Fed’s July meeting.
But Wall Street and Main Street were generally happy as the S&P 500 Index moved into bull market territory, as it is up more than 20% from its mid-October lows. And interestingly, it was also a week where small-caps notably outperformed the large- and mega-caps, suggesting a broadening of market gains.
The week was relatively light in terms of economic data, including:
Jobless Claims Up
In the week ending June 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 261,000, an increase of 28,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the highest level for initial claims since October 30, 2021 when it was 264,000.
Retail Trade Corporations’ After-Tax Profits Up in 1Q While Manufacturing Corporations’ Profits are Down in 1Q
The U.S. Census Bureau today announced the following seasonally adjusted quarterly after-tax profits for retail trade industries statistics for First Quarter 2023:
Finally, the rate of employees quitting their jobs has fallen, another sign of a softening labor market.
After-Tax Profits and Sales, 1Q 2023 – Seasonally Adjusted, Retail Trade Corporations
The U.S. Census Bureau also announced today the following seasonally adjusted quarterly after-tax profits for manufacturing industries statistics for First Quarter 2023:
After-Tax Profits and Sales, 1Q 2023 – Seasonally Adjusted, Manufacturing Corporations
Mortgage Applications Down Again
Mortgage applications decreased 1.4% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey.
“The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 1.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the Index decreased 12 percent compared with the previous week. The Refinance Index decreased 1 percent from the previous week and was 42 percent lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index decreased 2 percent from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 13 percent compared with the previous week and was 27 percent lower than the same week one year ago.”
United States Mortgage Applications
“Mortgage rates declined last week from a recent high, but total application activity slipped for the fourth straight week. The 30-year fixed rate dipped to 6.81 percent, 10 basis points lower than last week but still the second highest rate of 2023. Overall applications were more than 30 percent lower than a year ago, as borrowers continue to grapple with the higher rate environment. Purchase activity is constrained by reduced purchasing power from higher rates and the ongoing lack of for-sale inventory in the market, while there continues to be very little rate incentive for refinance borrowers. There was less of a decline in government purchase applications last week, which was consistent with a growing share of first-time home buyers in the market.”
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