Weekly Market Update, Week of April 22, 2024

Market Update—Week of April 22, 2024

Presented by Axial Financial Group


Global equities were mostly down last week on the potential for higher U.S. rates and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Bond yields continued their rise as inflation remained a concern.

Quick Hits

  1. Report releases: Retail sales growth exceeded economist estimates in March.
  2. Financial market data: Big technology sold off.
  3. Looking ahead: We expect data on durable goods, the first estimate of first-quarter GDP, and personal income and spending.


Keep reading for an in-depth look.


Report Releases—April 15–19, 2024


Retail Sales: March (Monday)

Retail sales grew more than expected in March, marking two consecutive months with strong growth.


  • Expected/prior month retail sales monthly change: +0.4%/+0.9%
  • Actual retail sales monthly change: +0.7%


National Association of Home Builders Housing Market Index: April (Monday)

Home builder sentiment remained unchanged, leaving the index in expansionary territory.


  • Expected/prior month sentiment: 51/51
  • Actual sentiment: 51


Industrial Production: March (Thursday)

Industrial production growth was in line with economist estimates in March, marking two straight months with solid growth.


  • Expected/prior month production change: +0.4%/+0.4%
  • Actual production change: +0.4%


Existing Home Sales: March (Friday)
Existing home sales fell more than expected due to high mortgage rates and prices for existing homes.


  • Expected/prior month existing home sales change: –4.1%/+9.5%
  • Actual existing home sales change: –4.3%


The Takeaway

  • Retail sales surprised to the upside, but existing home sales missed to the downside.
  • Home builder sentiment and industrial production came in as expected.


    Financial Market Data







    S&P 500





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    Russell 2000





    Source: Bloomberg, as of April 19, 2024


    Global equities were mostly lower. Big technology sold off heavily as the market continued to digest that rate cuts won’t start until later this year or potentially 2025. Geopolitical concerns in the Middle East added to the volatility. Technology was the worst performer, with Nvidia falling more than 13 percent. Utilities, consumer staples, and financials fared better. Netflix fell more than 10 percent after providing softer guidance.


    Fixed Income





    U.S. Broad Market




    U.S. Treasury




    U.S. Mortgages




    Municipal Bond




    Source: Bloomberg, as of April 19, 2024


    Treasury yields continued their move higher. The belly of the curve, between 2- and 10-year yields, continued to see the largest shifts. The 5-year rose 12 basis points (bps) and the 10-year rose 11 bps, closing just shy of 4.66 percent and 4.62 percent, respectively.


    The Takeaway

    • Technology and growth stocks continued to reprice to a potential higher-for-longer rate environment.
    • Yields continued their rise as inflation and debt level concerns led investors to demand higher yields.


      Looking Ahead

      This week’s data will cover a variety of topics, including U.S. PMIs, durable goods, the first estimate of first-quarter GDP, and personal income and spending.


      • The week kicks off Tuesday with the preliminary release of S&P Global’s US Purchasing Manager Indices for April. The manufacturing segment is expected to drop slightly to 51.8 and the services segment is expected to expand to 52.1. Both are expected to be in expansionary territory.
      • On Wednesday, we expect preliminary durable goods orders for March. Headline and core durable goods orders are set to improve.
      • Thursday will bring the first estimate of first-quarter economic growth (GDP). Economists expect to see a solid 2.3 percent annualized growth rate for the economy.
      • Finally, on Friday we expect the personal income and spending report for March. Both are expected to rise, which would be another signal that consumer spending remained resilient.



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