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Weekly Market Insights May 31, 2022: Confidence in Fed Helps Spark Market Rally

BY Spectrum Wealth Management | Jun 1, 2022
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Here are our Weekly Market Insights for May 31, 2022: Stocks posted solid gains for the week, buoyed by the release of Fed meeting minutes and upbeat earnings from mid-size and discount retailers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 6.24%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 6.58%. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 6.84% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, rose 2.09%.1,2,3

A Good Week

The stock market staged a broad rally last week, ignited by the release of minutes from the May’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The meeting notes eased concerns that the Fed might pursue a more aggressive monetary tightening stance than the Street had anticipated.

Investor sentiment rose owing to solid earnings and encouraging guidance from several mid-size and discount retailers, which eased concerns about the health of the American consumer. A smaller rise in the personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, triggered a strong rally on Friday. The powerful move ended seven straight weeks of stock losses.4

Fed Minutes

The minutes from May’s FOMC meeting were released last week. They confirmed the likelihood of at least two successive 50 basis point interest rate hikes. The minutes also indicated they might need to raise rates to a level that acts to restrict economic growth, something that Fed Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged might be a painful process.5

Not all Fed members are fully committed to the more aggressive rate hikes. Last week, Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic wrote that a pause in rate increases in September might be appropriate. He joined other members in suggesting that economic conditions may warrant reconsideration of additional rate hikes beyond those already signaled by Powell.6

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Consumer Confidence.
Wednesday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index. Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Thursday: Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report. Jobless Claims. Factory Orders.
Friday: Employment Situation. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index.

Source: Econoday, May 27, 2022 – The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Tuesday: Salesforce, Inc. (CRM), HP, Inc. (HPQ).
Wednesday: MongoDB, Inc. (MDB).
Thursday: Broadcom, Inc. (AVGO), Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL), DocuSign (DOCU), CrowdStrike (CRWD).

Source: Zacks, May 27, 2022 – Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

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Sources

  1. https://www.wsj.com/market-data
  2. https://www.wsj.com/market-data
  3. https://quotes.wsj.com/index/XX/990300/historical-prices
  4. https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/26/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html
  5. https://www.wsj.com/articles/fed-minutes-show-growing-urgency-for-tighter-monetary-policy-11653501768
  6. https://www.wsj.com/articles/fed-minutes-show-growing-urgency-for-tighter-monetary-policy-11653501768

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