Third Quarter 2018 Bond and Stock Market Overview

Third Quarter 2018 Bond and Stock Market Overview

After stocks dropped in the 1st quarter, the market treaded water during the 2nd quarter, only to come roaring back in the third quarter.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both returned 3% or more in July and August. A year-to-date return of 8.8% for the Dow and 10.6% for the S&P 500. 


*The foregoing content reflects the author's personal opinions which may not coincide with the opinions of the firm, and are subject to change at any time without notice. Content provided herein is for informational purposes only and should not be used or construed as investment advice or a recommendation regarding the purchase or sale of any security. There is no guarantee that these statements, opinions, or forecasts provided herein will prove to be correct. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Any investor who attempts to mimic the performance of an index would incur fees and expenses which would reduce returns. All investing involves risk. Asset allocation and diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. Finally, please understand that–as with other social media–if you leave a comment, it will be made public.

October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018

The major stock market averages screamed higher in early trading, reversing the prior week’s trend. The Dow is currently up 374 pts and the SPX is up 1.5%. So far, this is the Dow’s best day in two months. All eleven market sectors are in the green, led by tech and healthcare (+2%). Even financials are participating to some extent. The VIX Index gapped down below 19 suggesting traders are increasingly less nervous about the near-term. European stock markets are poised to close up well over 1% and most of Asia was up overnight (except China). The dollar is flat against a basket of foreign currencies after having declined a bit over the last week. Commodities are mixed in early trading. WTI crude oil is unchanged at $71.70/barrel. Gold is up slightly today (& up about 4% over the last two weeks). Bonds are trading modestly lower as yields tick up. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury Note yields are back up around 3.03% and 3.17%, respectively.


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October 15, 2018

October 15, 2018

Stocks are mixed without direction after last week’s declines. At the moment, the Dow is down 47 pts, the SPX is down .4% and the Nasdaq is down .8%. Cyclical sectors are leading to the downside. The tech sector is down 1.3%; energy is down .7%; consumer discretionary is down .5%. On the other hand, defensives like utilities and real estate are catching a bid. Gold miners are up nearly 2%. The VIX Index is still hovering north of 20, belying some lingering fear from last week. European markets will close about .5% higher although most of Asia was down overnight. The dollar is weaker today, continuing a 1-week trend. WTI crude oil is down a bit to trade around $71.17/barrel. Bonds are trading slightly lower on the day as yields tick higher. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields rebounded to 3.01% and 3.16%, respectively. Remember, when stocks were tanking last week, the 10-year jumped briefly to 3.23%. So rates have backed down.


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October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

The major stock market averages rebounded today at the open, but don’t expect it to last in front of a weekend. The Dow is currently up 87 pts and the SPX is up .7%. The market is, in technical terms, temporarily oversold. As of yesterday’s close, two-thirds of the S&P 500 was in correction territory (i.e. down 10% or more). At the moment, technology and consumer discretionary sectors are up over 1.3%. They took the brunt of selling over the last week. Most sectors are joining in the relief rally, save financials, energy, industrials and utilities. Despite some decent earnings announcements today, traders aren’t buying the banks. The VIX Index drifted down to 22 from 25 yesterday. European markets also gapped up at the open but are now poised to close down slightly. The bond market is mostly unchanged today. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury note yields are hovering around 3.0% and 3.15%, respectively. The yield curve steepened significantly over the past week but isn’t doing much today.


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October 11, 2018

October 11, 2018

The major stock market averages opened higher but quickly gave way. The Dow is now down 230 pts and the S&P 500 Index (SPX) is down 1% on the session. This is follow-through from yesterday’s rout, when the SPX gave up about 3%. Unlike yesterday, however, the tech sector is actually up slightly, whereas utilities and real estate sectors are down well over 1%. The energy sector is down 1.6% in early trading as oil prices retreat. The SPX is now about 6.6% off of its all-time high of about 2940. This morning, the index pulled back to a long-term support level of about 2,745. If today’s low holds, this will be viewed as a very orderly mini-correction.


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October 8, 2018

October 8, 2018

Stocks sank at the open today, following on Friday’s declines. The Dow is currently down 190 pts and the SPX is down .65%. Weirdly, utilities, real estate and consumer staples sectors are up sharply today while the rest of the market is down. I say that because the primary concern for most investors over the last week has been rapidly rising interest rates. And it is axiomatic that the sectors listed above don’t typically fare well when rates are rising. European markets will close down about 1% as the Italian banking sector looks weaker. Asian markets were also down overnight. The VIX Index—a gauge of fear among traders—jumped to 17.4 today, the highest in a little over a month. The dollar is stronger against a basket of foreign currencies and commodities are mixed. WTI crude oil is down around $74/barrel. Gold and copper are also lower on the day.


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October 4, 2018

October 4, 2018

Stocks sank at the open on Fed/interest rate fears. The Dow is currently down 255 pts and the SPX is down .9%. Bank—and strangely enough utilities—are just about the only groups posing gains in early trading. Consumer discretionary, healthcare, technology and telecommunications sectors are all down more than 1%. The VIX Index is back up around 13.3, as you might expect. European stock markets are down between .8% and 1.2% in today’s session. Most of Asia was down overnight with the notable exception of China, which saw gains of about 1%. The dollar is flat on the day and commodities are mostly lower. Bonds are also selling off as yields rise. The 10-year Treasury yield just climbed to 3.20% for the first time in seven years. And since short-term yields aren’t up as much, the yield curve is the steepest it has been in two months.


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October 2, 2018

October 2, 2018

Stocks opened higher again this morning (Dow +131 pts; SPX +.16%). There’s not much news for traders to chew on today. Utilities are bouncing back 1.3% after having corrected in September. At the same time, materials, tech and energy are trading higher. Biotechs, banks and transports are in the red. Small-caps are taking a hit (-2% in 2 days) after a new trade agreement was reached with Canada. Remember, small-caps were seen as a safe haven investment when trade tensions were at their worst. European stock markets were lower in today’s session on concerns about Italy’s budget deficits. The fact that the dollar is stronger and Treasury yields are lower has to do with Italy as well. Whenever European finances or economic growth look a bit uncertain, global investors tend to buy US Treasury bonds. So the 10-year Treasury yield dipped back down to 3.05%. And that, of course, is why utility stocks are rising today.


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October 1, 2018

October 1, 2018

Stocks surged at the open this morning (Dow +250 pts; SPX +.65%). Materials, industrial and energy sectors are all up over 1% in early trading. Only the most interest rate sensitive sectors—utilities and real estate—are in the red. The VIX Index fell below 12 and most global equities rallied. Even Chinese markets participated last night (Shanghai Composite +1%). The dollar is a little stronger today and commodities are mixed. Gold, copper and iron ore are falling in price, whereas WTI crude oil is up around $73.90/barrel. Despite trade war fears, global oil demand is healthy and the perceived constraint—what with trade sanctions in Iran & assorted problems in Venezuela—is supply. Bonds are mixed in early trading. Longer-term Treasuries are selling off a bit. The 10-year Treasury yield backed up to 3.06%. On the other hand, junk bonds are surging after a new trade deal with Canada was announced (see below).


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September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018

Stocks surged at the open (Dow +159 pts; SPX +.66%) following yesterday’s Federal Reserve interest rate hike. I don’t see any good reason for the rally and wouldn’t be surprised to see it selloff this afternoon. At the moment, ten of eleven major market sectors are in the green, led by the newly renamed Communications Services sector (+1.2%). Utilities are also rebounding 1% and the tech sector is up .7%. European markets are also broadly higher by about .5% although Asia was down overnight. After the Fed meeting (see below), the dollar shot up .6% vs. a basket of foreign currencies. That is putting a lid on commodity gains. Copper, gold, and iron ore are lower on the day. WTI crude oil, however, is back up over $72/barrel. Bonds are, not surprisingly, selling off. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are back up around 2.96% and 3.07%, respectively.


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September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

The major stock market averages opened higher this morning (Dow +49 pts; SPX +.24%). Consumer discretionary, healthcare and telecom sectors are leading the way (+.7%). Strangely enough, financials are sagging in front of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate announcement later this afternoon. In addition, energy and materials sectors are in the red. The dollar is trading slightly higher and commodities are mostly lower. WTI crude oil is back under $72/barrel. Gold is down .5% today and 8% so far this year. Despite a likely interest rate hike later today, the bond market is holding its own. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are hovering at 2.98% and 3.09%, respectively.


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September 25, 2018

September 25, 2018

Stocks opened mixed this morning. The Dow is currently up 27 pts and the SPX is flat. The Nasdaq is up .2%. Biotechs and energy-related stocks are leading the way. REITs are bouncing back from yesterday’s rout. On the other hand, a back-up in interest rates is causing the utilities sector to fall 1%. European stock markets are poised to close modestly higher today, but most of Asia was down overnight. China’s Shanghai Composite Index has recovered a bit over the last week, but remains 20% lower than where it began the year. Pretty much alone in the world, China is experiencing its own bear market. Most of the commodity complex is trading higher. WTI crude oil is up modestly to trade at $72.29/barrel. Copper is up about 7% so far this month after having taken a beating in June/July. Copper tends to trade with the Chinese stock market.


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September 24, 2018

September 24, 2018

The major stock market averages sagged at the open (Dow -190 points; SPX -.5%). A number of sectors are down more than 1% in early trading: consumer staples, financials, industrials, real estate and materials. Only energy, tech & telecom sectors are in the green. The VIX Index—a common measure of investor fear—is trading back up to 12.6, which is considered fairly low. Remember, the VIX spiked briefly to 37 during January’s stock market correction. European stock markets closed down about .5% and Asia was mixed in overnight trading. The dollar is a bit weaker against a basket of foreign currencies, and that is giving some life to commodities. WTI crude oil is up over 2% to trade around $72.50/barrel. So we’re nearly back to July highs on oil. Bonds are selling off again as yield tick higher. The 5-year Treasury yield is up around 2.96% and the 10-year yield just ticked up to 3.08%. It looks like the 10-year yield wants to trade back up to May’s multi-year high of 3.11%.


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September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

tocks opened higher again this morning (Dow +70 pts; SPX +.12%). These averages are having their best week in two months despite escalation in the trade war. Telecoms are surging 1.5% after a research shop upgraded AT&T (T). Industrials and energy sectors are up about .5%. After a 2.8% gain this week, financials are trading flat. European stock markets are up .8% today and Asia was broadly higher overnight. Bonds, on the other hand, are trading lower as interest rates head higher. The 5-year Treasury yield is up around 2.96%, a 10-year high. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up to 3.07%.


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September 20, 2018

he major stock market averages gapped up again at the open. The Dow is currently up 240 pts and the SPX is up .68%. Ten of eleven sectors are in the green, led by tech (+1%), materials (+1%) and consumer staples (+1%). Only energy is stalling. The VIX Index just fell back under 12 despite the fact that we’ve had no good news on the trade war front. European stock markets are poised to close up nearly 1%. Asia was mixed overnight. The dollar is falling against a basket of foreign currencies and that’s allowing emerging markets equities to continue yesterday’s rally. Commodities are mixed today. WTI crude oil is unchanged at $70.95/barrel. Copper and gold are also flat on the session. Bonds are mixed after a 3-week selloff. The 5-year Treasury yield ticked up to 2.95% today. The 10-year yield is unchanged at 3.06%. Junk bonds have been performing better than Treasuries or investment grade corporates all year, and today is no exception.


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September 19, 2018

September 19, 2018

Stocks opened higher this morning (Dow +203 pts; SPX +.17%; Nasdaq flat). Banks, basic materials producers and emerging markets stocks are up over 1% in early trading. On the other hand, utilities and FAANG stocks are trading lower. European markets are poised to close up about .5% and Asia was up over 1% last night. The dollar is flat against a basket of foreign currencies today and commodities are mostly higher. WTI crude oil is up around $70.70/barrel. After falling more than 20% this year, copper prices have retraced about 3% this month. Bonds are selling off as yields head higher. The 5-year Treasury yield is back up to 2.96%, a level it hasn’t seen in 10 years. The 10-year Treasury yield is up around 3.08%, toward the high end of its 7-year range. Bond traders are clearly anticipating two more interest rate hikes by the Fed this year, but according to Bloomberg, traders are starting to price in a Fed pause in mid-2019. That’s because eventually, Fed tightening can choke off economic growth by making lending too restrictive.


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September 18, 2018

September 18, 2018

Stocks surged at the open despite escalation of the trade war with China. The Dow is up 118 pts and the SPX is up .58%. Technology and consumer discretionary sectors—thought to be especially vulnerable to a trade war—are leading the way with 1% gains. European markets will close modestly higher and Asia was mostly higher overnight. In fact, China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.8% and copper prices surged more than 3%. That is absolutely not the expected reaction to more trade tariffs. Commodities are higher on the day and the US dollar is trading flat. Iron ore is up over 1% and WTI crude oil is up around $69.60/barrel. Bonds are selling off today as interest rates head higher. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are up around 2.92% and 3.03%, respectively. In addition, the yield curve steepened just a bit.


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September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

Stocks opened higher again this morning, but quickly gave way after a report that President Trump wants additional trade tariffs on Chinese imported goods. Here we go again; all the news-algorithm traders just hit the sell button. The Dow and SPX are currently down 38 pts and .1%, respectively. Up until a few moments ago, transports, banks and semiconductors were the best performing groups in early trading. Foreign stock markets—even emerging markets—are trading higher on US dollar weakness as well as action by the Turkish government to stem their budding financial crisis. European markets are poised to close up by about .4% and Asia was broadly positive overnight. WTI crude oil is unchanged at about $68.60/barrel. Bonds are selling off as interest rates resume their slow slog upward. The 5-year Treasury yield ticked up to 2.90%, the highest since May. The 10-year Treasury yield just moved back to 3.0%. It seems that whenever we get some positive economic news overseas, US Treasury yields rise. That’s because foreign investors often look to Treasuries as a safe haven investment when times are uncertain in their own countries.


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September 13, 2018

September 13, 2018

Stocks opened higher today (Dow +142 pts; SPX +.5%). The tech sector (+1%) is leading the way, with semiconductor stocks up 2%. Remember, they’ll run with any optimism over the trade war with China. Consumer staples and financial sectors are down slightly in early trading. European markets will close mixed but China’s exchanges were up about 1% overnight. The dollar is a bit weaker today (and so far this month), probably in reaction to trade optimism as well as the CPI report (see below). WTI crude oil is down 2% to trade around $68.75/barrel. Bonds are trading up as interest rates fall back. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are currently at 2.86% and 2.95%, respectively.


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September 12, 2018

Stocks opened mixed (Dow +71 pts; SPX -.14%). Telecoms and consumer staples are leading the way, up more than 1%. Tech and financial sectors are lagging. A little optimism just crept in with this headline: “US Proposing New Trade Talks with China in the Near Future.” European stock markets will close up modestly but Asia was broadly negative overnight. The dollar is a bit weaker today against a basket of foreign currencies, so commodities are getting some life. Irion ore is up nearly 2% today, and WTI crude oil is up 2.8% to trade above $71/barrel, the highest in a month. Bonds are bouncing back a bit after yesterday’s beating. The 5-year and 10-year Treasury yields are hovering around 2.86% and 2.96%, respectively. That’s not much of a gap between the two, meaning that the yield curve is still very flat. The difference between the 2-year and 10-year yields is only about .22%.


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