The Bottom Line
● For the third week and a row the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both closed at new record highs. Earnings and economic data continues to come in stronger‐than‐expected.
● After being relatively flat for the last two weeks, the yield on the 10‐year U.S. Treasury bond fell 8 basis points, its largest weekly decline since June 2020, partly due to renewed buying from overseas, particularly Asia.
● After subpar economic activity in February, which was negatively impacted by severe winter weather, the U.S. economy has clearly shifted into high gear in March and April. Retail sales, manufacturing, and housing all jumped.
Better than expected… all around
First quarter earnings season kicked of this week and so far companies are reporting numbers way above what Wall Street expected. With 9% of the S&P 500 reporting earnings so far, according to FactSet about 81% of companies have beaten estimates – and with an earnings growth rate of 30.2% so far. Its still very early, but if that holds up, it would mark the best earnings season since Q3‐2010. It was a busy week for economic reports and they too were much stronger than expected. Retail sales boomed in March, new jobless claims plunged, and April Empire State and Philly Fed manufacturing surged. Heck, even state revenues fared better than expected in a pair of studies, one by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ state fiscal health initiative and one by the Federal Reserve Board of St. Louis. It’s no wonder that the S&P 500 is at a record high and up +11.4% YTD through Friday 4/16/21. The index has set 23 record closing highs this year and is up for four straight weeks now. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also set a record high on Friday after crossing 34,000 for the first time on Thursday. After pausing the past two weeks the yield on the 10‐year U.S. Treasury fell 8 basis points, its largest weekly decline since last June.
Digits & Did You Knows
APRIL 14th IN HISTORY —On April 14th in 1865 President Lincoln was assassinated. In 1912 the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. In 2021, cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global made its stock market debut, exceeding a market cap of$100 billion before falling back to a first‐day closing valuation of $86 billion (source: Crossing Wall Street, CNBC).
CLOSE THE DOOR? — 32% of Americans believe that foreign imports shipped into the U.S. represent a “threat” to the U.S. economy. The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach, just 3 miles apart on the West Coast, are the 2 busiest American ports by total container trade (source: Gallup’s 2021 World Affairs survey, iContainers.com, BTN Research).
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