September 16, 2022, Weekly Equity Market Recap. Dire economic news from the CEO of FedEx, along with a hot Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, drove equity markets down with the largest one-day decline since June of 2020. The market sell-off this week leaves the S&P 500 index just 5.6 percent above the bottom reached in June, marking a weekly loss close to 5 percent. On the week, FedEx expressed grave concerns over the work economy: “We are seeing volume decline in every segment around the world,” and then Subramaniam added, “So we just assume at this point that economic conditions are not going to be good.” Another contributing factor was investors were looking for cooling CPI data in hopes to trigger the Fed to not increase rates at their current pace, but with a surprise uptick, the market turned sharply negative. These challenges added to other lingering worries about supply chains, the war in Ukraine and an emerging energy crisis.
September 2, 2022, Weekly Equity Market Recap. Another bear market rally has withered away as major stock averages slide for third week, as the Nasdaq posts six-day losing streak. The S&P 500 rallied 17% from it’s mid-June low through mid-August, offering investors hope that the bottom was in, but then the second half of August ultimately sank the index by -4.2% for the month. On the week, the Dow fell 2.99%, the S&P 500 declined 3.29% and the Nasdaq dropped 4.21%. Now we are heading into September, traditionally one of rockiest months for the stock market. The stock market recovery has been clobbered by new hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials signaled that interest rate hikes aren’t going away anytime soon. The Fed left no doubt as to why they are on the investment scene today, with a mission to destroy inflation. And for investors, the message is "Don't fight the Fed." The unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, only a mere two-tenths of a percentage point higher than expectations, which did not give much hope that economic frailties will deter the Fed from raising rates this month by 0.75%.