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Strength of the Market
a weekly blog on what's happening in Financial Markets

The Strength of the Market is: Strong but Weakening

Stocks retreated last week as a surge in interest rates prompted broader concerns about the state of the economy. The rate on the 10-year Treasury briefly went above 5%, for the first time in 16 years. The 30-year US Treasury hit its highest level since 2007 and the 30-year fixed mortgage rate reached 8%, a level not seen since 2000. With concerns of higher rates, last week, the S&P 500 lost 2.4%, the Dow Jones slipped 1.6% and the Nasdaq was lower by 3.2%.

Economic reports from last week came back mixed:

•Manufacturing (New York) - higher than expectation

•Manufacturing (Philadelphia) - lower than expectation

•Retail Sales - higher than expectation

•Homebuilder Sentiment - lower than expectation

•New Residential Construction - lower than expectation

•Existing Home Sales - higher than expectation

•Jobless Claims - lower than expectation

This week, investors will look for guidance from economic reports like National Economic Activity, Manufacturing, Housing, Personal Income, Consumer Sentiment and Jobless Claims.


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