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The AM Call: Equities Shake Off Bond Market Worries

It was a relatively light week for macro data, with Fed speak, inflation expectations, and the U.S. sovereign rating in focus. Fed officials left open the possibility of another rate hike in December, driving yields on the 2Y Treasury back above 5%, while long-term inflation expectations also rose unexpectedly. Equity markets looked past the noise and continued to climb on a solid earnings season. The week ahead will include the U.S.-China summit and the possibility of a government shutdown. Overall there was not much to change our thinking: the U.S. economy is slowing down and the Fed is pretty well done with this hiking cycle, even if one more hike remains a possibility.

  • Last week, University of Michigan 1-year inflation expectations rose to 4.4%, higher than the estimate of 4% and the prior of 4.2%. Long-term inflation expectations were 3.2%, higher than the estimate and previous of 3.0%.
  • Continuing jobless claims continued to inch up while initial jobless claims were steady. For the week ending November 4th, initial jobless claims came in at 217,000, close to the estimate of 218,000 and the revised prior week of 220,000. Continuing claims were 1.834 million, higher than the estimate of 1.82 million and the revised prior of 1.812 million.
  • Multiple members of the Federal Open Market Committee commented on the path of rates and possibilities for another hike. Markets increased the chances for a December hike, but still overwhelmingly forecast the Fed to maintain rates steady.
  • On Friday, Moody’s revised the outlook for the U.S. to Negative. Moody’s is that major rating agency that rates the U.S. at AAA. Moody’s stated that “downside risks to the US’ fiscal strength have increased and may no longer be fully offset by the sovereign’s unique credit strengths. In the context of higher interest rates, without effective fiscal policy measures to reduce government spending or increase revenues, Moody’s expects that the US’ fiscal deficits will remain very large, significantly weakening debt affordability. Continued political polarization within US Congress raises the risk that successive governments will not be able to reach consensus on a fiscal plan to slow the decline in debt affordability.”
  • Equity markets added to the prior week’s momentum, posting another weekly gain. In what continues to be a rather tame earnings season, Roblox (RBLX), Uber (UBER), DataDog (DDOG), Disney (DIS), Twilio (TWLO) and Shift4Pay (FOUR) were among the largest positive surprises, while Warner Brothers (WBD), RobinHood (HOOD), Toast (TOST), Dish Networks (DISH), Emerson Electric (EMR), Ebay (EBAY), Trade Desk (TTD), Lucid (LCID) and Rivian (RIVN) disappointed investors the most.
  • In Corporate News, Amazon (AMZN) and Rivian (RIVN) ended their exclusivity agreement for EV Powered Vans with the retailer maintaining its existing placed orders, Amazon (AMZN) and Meta (META) announced agreement to test a partnership that would allow customers to directly buy products in advertising placed on Facebook, Disney (DIS) revealed an additional cost cutting plan which now aims to save $5 billion annually from the previous $3 billion target.

The Week Ahead

  • For macro data, in the week ahead the biggest macro data point we will be receiving are CPI numbers. Right now, the estimate for year over year headline is at 3.3%, and for core it is 4.1%. For the month-over-month headline it is estimated at 0.1%, and for the core 0.3%.
  • We also get will also be receiving PPI data for the month of October, as well as October retail sales and Empire manufacturing. PPI Final Demand excluding Food and Energy YoY is expected to climb to 2.8% from 2.2% in September. 
  • Earnings this week include Home Depot (HD), Applied Materials (AMAT), Johnson Controls (JCI), Cisco (CSCO), Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Target (TGT), TJX Cos (TJX), Bath & Body Works (BBWI) and Advanced Auto Parts (AAP) are set to release results.

Market Summary – Returns and Yields

Definitions, sources, and disclaimers


  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP): A comprehensive measure of U.S. economic activity. GDP is the value of the goods and services produced in the United States. The growth rate of GDP is the most popular indicator of the nation’s overall economic health. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).
  • GDPNow is not an official forecast of the Atlanta Fed. Rather, it is best viewed as a running estimate of real GDP growth based on available economic data for the current measured quarter. There are no subjective adjustments made to GDPNow—the estimate is based solely on the mathematical results of the model. In particular, it does not capture the impact of COVID-19 and social mobility beyond their impact on GDP source data and relevant economic reports that have already been released. It does not anticipate their impact on forthcoming economic reports beyond the standard internal dynamics of the model.
  • The Current Employment Statistics (CES) program produces detailed industry estimates of nonfarm employmenthours, and earnings of workers on payrolls. CES National Estimates produces data for the nation, and CES State and Metro Area produces estimates for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and about 450 metropolitan areas and divisions. Each month, CES surveys approximately 142,000 businesses and government agencies, representing approximately 689,000 individual worksites. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Initial Claims: An initial claim is a claim filed by an unemployed individual after a separation from an employer. The claimant requests a determination of basic eligibility for the UI program. When an initial claim is filed with a state, certain programmatic activities take place and these result in activity counts including the count of initial claims. The count of U.S. initial claims for unemployment insurance is a leading economic indicator because it is an indication of emerging labor market conditions in the country. However, these are weekly administrative data which are difficult to seasonally adjust, making the series subject to some volatility. Source: US Department of Labor (DOL).
  • The Consumer Price Index (CPI): Is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. Indexes are available for the U.S. and various geographic areas. Average price data for select utility, automotive fuel, and food items are also available. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • The national unemployment rate: Perhaps the most widely known labor market indicator, this statistic reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • The number of people in the labor force. This measure is the sum of the employed and the unemployed. In other words, the labor force level is the number of people who are either working or actively seeking work.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
  • Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services: Estimated monthly sales for retail and food services, adjusted and unadjusted for seasonal variations. Source: United States Census Bureau.
  • Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC): Responsible for implementing Open market Operations (OMOs)–the purchase and sale of securities in the open market by a central bank—which are a key tool used by the US Federal Reserve in the implementation of monetary policy. Source: Federal Reserve.
  • The Federal Funds Rate: Is the interest rate at which depository institutions trade federal funds (balances held at Federal Reserve Banks) with each other overnight. When a depository institution has surplus balances in its reserve account, it lends to other banks in need of larger balances. In simpler terms, a bank with excess cash, which is often referred to as liquidity, will lend to another bank that needs to quickly raise liquidity. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  • The “core” PCE price index: Is defined as personal consumption expenditures (PCE) prices excluding food and energy prices. The core PCE price index measures the prices paid by consumers for goods and services without the volatility caused by movements in food and energy prices to reveal underlying inflation trends. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Economic Database (FRED), Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Housing and Human Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), U..S Department of the Treasury, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), U.S. Department of Commerce, data.gov, investor.gov, usa.gov, congress.gov, whitehouse.gov, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Morningstar, The International Monetary Funds (IMF), The World Bank (WB), European Central bank (ECB), Bank of Japan (BOJ), European Parliament, Eurostats, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), National Bureau of Statistics of the People’s Republic of China, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), World health organization (WHO).

Financial Markets – Recent Prices and Yields, and Weekly, Monthly, and YTD (Table): Bloomberg, Weekly Market Data is in USD and refers to the following indices: Macro & Market Indicators: Volatility (VIX); Oil (WTI); Dollar Index (DXA); Inflation (CPI YoY); Fixed Income: All U.S. Bonds (Bloomberg Aggregate Index); Investment Grade Corporates (Bloomberg US Corporate Index); US High Yield (Bloomberg High Yield Index), Treasuries (ICE BofA Treasury Indices); Equities: U.S. Industrials (Dow Jones Industrial Average); U.S. Large Caps (S&P 500); U.S Tech Equities (Nasdaq Composite); European (MSCI Euope), Asia Pacific (MSCI AP), and Latin America Equities (MSCI LA); Sectors (S&P 500 GICS Sectors) Source: Bloomberg. Fed Funds Rate probabilities, Source: CME FedWatch Tool.  

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