A "Spook-tacular" Week
Some mega-cap technology companies were under pressure last week on weak earnings and tepid fourth-quarter guidance. They reported multiple headwinds, including declining advertising revenues, loose expense control, and a slowdown in cloud growth.
Meanwhile, positive earnings surprises from “old economy” companies powered markets higher. This market bifurcation was evident in the divergence in the performance of the Dow Industrials and the Nasdaq. The S&P 500 posted a substantial gain despite its disproportionate weighting of mega-cap stocks, which helped illustrate the power of the rally. Momentum accelerated into Friday, aided by an easing in inflation and a solid third-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report.
U.S. equities had a strong week, returning +3.97%.
Among style boxes domestically, each turned in positive numbers on the week, with small-cap dominating its larger-cap brethren.
Developed international markets were up on week, returning +4.13%, while Emerging Market stocks were down, returning -2.24%.
U.S. bonds were up on the week, with the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index up +1.65.
Freight Volumes Slow Heading into Holiday Season: Container imports, measured in 20-foot-equivalent units, were down 11% year-over-year and were off 12.4% in August, an unusually sharp falloff in the months considered the peak of shipping season. Container imports from China, where manufacturers of goods including furniture, toys and electronics stuff boxes bound for U.S. retailers, tumbled 18.3% from August to September.2
Inflation around the Globe: The European Union’s statistics agency Monday said consumer prices were 10.7% higher in October than a year earlier, the fastest rate of increase since records began in 1997, two years before the euro was launched. As measured by the Eurostat method, Italy’s annual rate of inflation jumped to 12.8% in October from 9.4% in September, while Germany’s inflation rate rose to 11.6% from 10.9%. By contrast, Spain’s inflation rate fell to 7.3% from 9%.3
Facebook’s Free Fall: Last fall, Facebook had a market cap just shy of $1.1 trillion. It’s now $266 billion, meaning the company has lost more than $800 billion dollars in a little over a year. To put this loss into perspective, $800 billion is a bigger dollar amount than the market cap of every single company in the S&P 500 right now save for Apple, Microsoft, Google and Amazon. The stock price of Facebook is now back to levels last seen in 2015, when sales at the company were one-sixth the size they are today.4
Reprinted with permission from BTN. Copyright © 2022 Michael A. Higley.
1 Data obtained from Bloomberg as of 10/28/2022
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