Market Update, Week of May 13, 2024

Market Update—Week of May 13, 2024
Presented by Axial Financial Group

Equities continued their rally as those sectors that benefited from more persistent inflation outperformed. U.S. Treasuries were little changed as investors wait for this week’s inflation data.

Quick Hits

  1. Report releases: Consumer sentiment fell by more than expected in May.
    2. Financial market data: Utilities, financials, and staples rally on the potential of higher for longer.
  2. 3.Looking ahead: This week will be busy on the economic front with inflation, retail sales, housing, and industrial production all in focus.

Report Releases—May 6–10, 2024

Consumer Credit, March (Tuesday)

Consumer credit came in below expectations in March. This is a trailing measure but confirms some of the recent trends we have seen in waning consumer confidence.  

  • Expected/Prior Month Consumer Credit: $14.130B/$14.125B
  • Actual Consumer Credit: $6.274B


Fed Speaker Commentary

There were numerous Federal Reserve (Fed) speakers providing commentary this past week including Tom Barkin, John Williams, Neel Kashkari, Susan Collins, Mary Daly, Lorie Logan, Austan Goolsbee, among others. The commentary was mixed with Kashkari issuing concerns over inflation staying at its current level. Barkin, on the other hand, said he thought rates were weighing on the economy.

MBA Mortgage Applications, Week ending May 3 (Wednesday).

Mortgage Applications tend to be volatile on a weekly basis but the recent move lower in rates did coincide with increased demand for the week ending May 3.

  • Prior Weekly Mortgage Application Change: -2.3%
  • Actual Weekly Mortgage Application Change: 2.6%


Preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey, May (Friday)
Consumer sentiment fell by more than expected in May due to worsening consumer views on the current economic conditions as well as a drop in expectations for the future.  

  • Expected/Prior Month Consumer Sentiment Index: 76.2/77.2
  • Actual Consumer Sentiment Index: 67.4


The Takeaway

  • The Fed Governors remain mixed in the near-term policy stance—not ruling out hikes—but also believe the prior hikes continue to weigh on the economy.


  • Consumer confidence fell by more than expected as consumers continue to be concerned about the level of inflation.


    Financial Market Data







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    Source: Bloomberg, as of May 10, 2024

    The market saw a broadening out of this year’s rally as we move deeper into earnings season. Utilities, financials, materials, and consumer staples led the way. Technology, energy, and consumer discretionary were underperformers as investors look to risk-off and higher for longer rate names. JP Morgan Chase (JPM), Costco (COST), and NextEra (NEE) were all up more than 4 percent on the week. The move in Costco came even as April sales missed expectations.

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    U.S. Broad Market




    U.S. Treasury




    U.S. Mortgages




    Municipal Bond




    Source: Bloomberg, as of May 10, 2024

    Treasuries were relatively subdued last week. The 10-year Treasury ended flat at 4.50 percent. This week will have a greater amount of economic data with both Producer and Consumer Price Indices due. As a result, there could potentially be larger moves in the treasury market.

    The Takeaway

    • Equities saw a broadening out of its rally as higher for longer sectors benefited.


    • Treasuries saw little movement ahead of this week’s inflation data.


    Looking Ahead

    This week will be busy on the economic front with inflation, retail sales, housing, and industrial production all in focus.

    • Wednesday will be the busiest day of the week in terms of economic data. The Consumer Price Index and Retail Sales reports for April are due out at 8:30 a.m. Consumer inflation is set to slow on a year-over-year basis in April, with both headline and core inflation expected to moderate during the month. Retail sales are expected to show continued growth in April, which would mark three consecutive months with rising sales if estimates prove to be accurate.


    • Later that morning we will see the release of the Home Builders Housing Market Index for May. Economists expect to see unchanged home builder confidence in May, which would leave the index in expansionary territory during the month.


    • Finally, Thursday will see the release of Industrial Production for April. Industrial production growth is expected in April, supported by continued manufacturing production during the month.


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

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