Fed Meeting on Deck – No Cuts Expected

The S&P 500 finished the week higher, marking the sixth weekly gain in the past seven.

June 10, 2024

Performance for Week Ending 6.7.2024:

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) added 0.29%, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (S&P 500) gained 1.32% and the Nasdaq Composite Index (NASDAQ) tacked on 2.38%. Sector breadth was mixed with 5 of the S&P sector groups closing higher and 6 closing lower. The Technology sector (+3.83%) was the best performer while Utilities (-3.93%) was the weakest.

Index* Closing Price 6/7/2024 Percentage Change for Week Ending 6/7/2024 Year-to-Date Percentage Change Through 6/7/2024
Dow 38798.99 +0.29% +2.94%
S&P 500 5346.99 +1.32% +12.10%
NASDAQ 17133.13 +2.38% +14.13%

*See below for Index Definitions

MARKET OBSERVATIONS: 6/3/2024  – 6/7/2024

The S&P 500 finished the week higher, marking the sixth weekly gain in the past seven. During the week both the S&P and Nasdaq posted new all-time highs. Stocks gained in the early part of the week on building signs the economy is cooling, which in turn, reinforced bets that the Fed will reduce rates in the coming months. However, on Friday the Labor Department reported that job growth during May was much stronger than anticipated. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 272K from a downwardly revised 165K in April and were well ahead of the 180K gain expected by economists. The report was a favorable sign for economic growth and corporate earnings but resulted in reduced odds of a near-term rate cut. According to Bloomberg’s World Interest Rate Probability tool, the odds of a move at the September Fed meeting fell to 54% from over 80% the prior day.

Economic Roundup: Domestic factory activity shrank in May for a second straight month with the ISM’s manufacturing gauge falling to 48.7 from 49.2 (reading below 50 signal contraction). The forward-looking new orders component slid 3.7 points to 45.4, the biggest drop since June 2022. Meanwhile, the services sector expanded in May by the most in nine months with the ISM’s Service Index jumping 4.4 points to 53.8. Elsewhere, US job openings fell in April to the lowest level in over three years, consistent with a gradual slowdown in the labor market. Available positions decreased to 8.06 million from a downwardly revised 8.36 million reading in the prior month, the JOLTS report showed. On the housing front, mortgage applications for home purchases in the US slid last week by the most since early April as mortgage rates remained above 7%. The Mortgage Bankers Association’s index of mortgage applications to buy a home decreased 4.4% in the week ended May 31, which included the Memorial Day holiday. The contract rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage ticked up 2 basis points to 7.07%, marking the ninth straight week above 7%.

Q1 EPS Season Roundup: The first quarter earnings season is ending with growth coming in much better than initially feared. Through Friday, 497 members of the S&P 500 have released results with just over 80% beating expectations. Aggregate earnings for this group are up 7.8%, more than double expectations at the start of earnings season. On the sector front, the strongest growth has come from Communication Services (+41.4%) followed by Utilities (+30.5%) and Consumer Discretionary (+29.8%). On the flip side, Energy (-25.7%) and Healthcare (-25.5%) have posted the weakest results. A look at full year growth expectations shows analysts forecasting 9.5% growth this year followed by 13.9% growth in 2025.

The Week Ahead: The focal points of the week ahead will be the Fed decision on rates and the consumer price index (CPI) data - both of which are due out on Wednesday. In terms of the Fed, no changes in rates are expected, although investors will parse the after-meeting statement and the updated Summary of Economic Projections report for clues on the timing of the first rate cut. All eyes will also be on the release of the CPI data where economists are expecting the year over year pace of the ‘core’ index to dip to +3.5% from +3.6% in April. Other data reports of interest include the producer price index (PPI) report on Thursday and then the University of Michigan's consumer survey on Friday which will provide insight into consumer inflation expectations. First quarter earnings season will wrap up this week with the remaining members of the S&P 500 expected to release results. The Fed speaking calendar will be relatively quiet due to the FOMC meeting, although there are three Fed officials scheduled to make presentations later in the week.

— By Michael Schwager, Chief Market Strategist, Managing Director


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