Market Update—Week of September 5, 2023

Market Update—Week of September 5, 2023
Presented by Axial Financial Group

Quick Hits

  1. Report releases: Unemployment ticked up to 3.8 percent in August.
    2. Financial market data: Growth stocks fared well as U.S. Treasury yields fell.
    3. Looking ahead: Investors will look to durable goods orders and PMI data for business activity and confidence.


Report Releases: August 28– September 1, 2023

Conference Board Consumer Confidence, August (Tuesday)

Consumer confidence fell in August, with the index dropping to a three-month low due to worsening consumer views on both the present economic situation and future expectations.


  • Expected/prior month consumer confidence: 116.0/114.0
  • Actual consumer confidence: 106.1


Personal Spending and Personal Income, July (Thursday)
Personal spending increased more than expected in July. It was a strong month for spending growth, as the 0.8 percent increase in July marked the second-best month for spending growth so far this year.


  • Expected/prior personal income monthly change: +0.3%/+0.3%
  • Actual personal income change: +0.2%
  • Expected/prior personal spending monthly change: +0.7%/+0.6%
  • Actual personal spending change: +0.8%


Employment Report. August (Friday)
The August job report showed solid hiring growth as 187,000 jobs were added. This was up slightly from the 157,000 jobs that were added in July and above expectations for a more modest 170,000 jobs.


  • Expected/prior change in nonfarm payrolls: +170,000/+157,000
  • Actual change in nonfarm payrolls: +187,000


ISM Manufacturing, August (Friday)
Manufacturer confidence improved more than expected in August. The index came in at 47.6, which was above expectations of 47.0 as well as last month’s 46.4. This improvement brough the index to a
six-month high.


The Takeaway

  • Spending rose more than expected despite lower personal income growth and consumer confidence.
  • Unemployment ticked up to 3.8 percent with temporary jobs ending and new entrants leading a move higher.



Financial Market Data







S&P 500





Nasdaq Composite















MSCI Emerging Markets





Russell 2000





Source: Bloomberg, as of September 1, 2023


Global equities rallied last week as a drop in Treasury yields following their recent rally helped support growth stocks. The Russell 2000 and Nasdaq Composite were both particularly strong—up more than 3 percent. Technology, energy, and materials were among the top performers as the drop in rates and better-than-expected employment report supported a broader growth story.


Fixed Income





U.S. Broad Market




U.S. Treasury




U.S. Mortgages




Municipal Bond




Source: Bloomberg, as of September 1, 2023


U.S. Treasury yields fell last week, particularly in the belly of the curve, as the rising unemployment rate and concerns around global growth with the recent China drag weighed on intermediate-term yields. The 3-month, 2-year, and 5-year yields fell 4.6 basis points (bps), 21 bps, and 14.6 bps, respectively. The drop in the 2-year provides an indication of the change in rates in 2024, with multiple cuts expected.


The Takeaway

  • Growth equities performed well as the cost of capital for these longer-time horizon holdings fell.
  • The 2-year Treasury yield fell as a rising employment rate helped make the case against additional rate hikes in 2023.


Looking Ahead

The releases in this holiday shortened week will focus on trade, business sentiment, and the consumer.


  • The week will kick off on Tuesday with the release of the final durable goods orders numbers for July. The prior report showed a decline of 5.2 percent.
  • Wednesday will see the release of both trade balance for July and ISM Services index data for August. The trade deficit is set to widen modestly in July, driven by a widening trade deficit for the trade of goods. Service sector confidence is expected to decline slightly in August, which would mark two consecutive months with worsening sentiment.
  • Finally, Friday will wrap with consumer credit data for July. Economists expect $17.5B in consumer credit, which is slightly down from $17.84B in the last release.

      Authored by the Investment Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network®.

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