Market Update: Monday, October 3, 2016


  • Global markets assess oil rally and Brexit update. U.S. stocks are lower this morning after closing the third quarter on a positive note. The financial and energy sectors led Friday’s rally, boosted by reports that Deutsche Bank may have reached a settlement to reduce the $14 billion fine levied by the U.S. Department of Justice and that OPEC may be on track to reduce output; WTI crude oil sits at $48.20/barrel. The British pound is falling against other currencies after U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May promised a swift exit from the European Union; U.K. stocks are markedly higher though the rest of Europe is near flat in afternoon trade. Overnight, the Nikkei Index gained 0.9% while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 1.2% on mixed Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) data; the Shanghai Composite is closed all week for a holiday. Meanwhile, COMEX gold ($1316/oz.) is modestly lower and weakness in Treasuries has lifted the yield on the 10-year note to 1.62%.


  • Welcome to the fourth quarter. After a strong third quarter for equities, here comes the historically most bullish quarter of the year. In fact, going back to 1950, the fourth quarter is the best quarter of the year for equities, with the S&P 500 up 4.1% on average and higher 78.8% of the time. The catch is that we are in a presidential election year and the fourth quarter during these years has been lower three of the past four cycles. Turning to October, no month is more volatile going back to 1950, as the average range (low to high) during this month is 7.3%–the most out of any month. Lately though, this month has been very strong–up 2.1% on average the past 20 years, ranking it as the top month of the year. In the Weekly Market Commentary, due out later today, we take a closer look at this time of the year and what could be in store for 2016.
  • October volatility during an election year? October has a reputation as a volatile month, thanks to some huge drops. It is worthy though, as no month has a wider range at 7.3% (low to high) since 1950. What happens during an election year? You’d think ahead of a presidential election there would be a lot of volatility, but surprisingly that hasn’t been the case. Today on the LPL Research blog we will take a closer look at this phenomenon and how it relates to the presidential cycle.
  • Taking a closer look at trade. As the election nears, we see how rules on international trade, and globalization as a concept, have impacted American politics. There have always been skeptics on trade from both the traditional “right” and “left” of the political spectrum. That skepticism has become the dominant view of trade, expressed by both presidential candidates. In this week’s Weekly Economic Commentary, due out later today, we will take a look at how our nation views foreign trade.
  • Week ahead. The September jobs report (due out Friday, October 7) concludes a busy week of data and events as markets gauge the health of the economy as Q3 ended and Q4 began. The September Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reading and vehicle sales will be closely watched as well, ahead of the start of Q3 earnings reporting season, which begins in mid-October. There are 10 more Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) speakers on the docket this week (after 13 last week), including an appearance from Fed Vice Chair Fischer. Overseas central banks in India and Australia will meet this week, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank’s annual meeting begins in Washington late this week.




  • Vehicle Sales (Sep)
  • US Vice Presidential Debate (Farmville, VA)
  • Lacker (Hawk)
  • India: Reserve Bank of India Meeting (No Change Expected)



  • Challenger Job Cut Announcements (Sep)


  • Employment Report (Sep)
  • Fischer (Dove)
  • George (Hawk)
  • IMF/World Bank Fall meetings in Washington, DC
  • China: Caixin Services PMI (Sep)


  • IMF/World Bank Fall meetings in Washington, DC


  • IMF/World Bank Fall meetings in Washington, DC


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