Market Update: Friday, November 11, 2016


  • Stocks open lower after two-day buying binge. Major indexes are modestly lower on profit taking after the Dow notched a new all-time high on Thursday, closing above 18,800. The big story yesterday was once again divergence in sector performance, as financials (+3.7%), industrials (+2.1%), and healthcare (+1.2%) continued to benefit from a shuffling of expectations in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory; rate-sensitive consumer staples (-2.8%), utilities (-2.4%), and telecom (-2.3%) sold off along with bonds. Asian markets were mixed overnight as the Shanghai Composite gained 0.8% while the Hang Seng dropped 1.4%; the Nikkei (0.2%) closed out the week on a quieter note. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 (-1.4%) is leading most European markets lower, though Germany’s DAX is up 0.4%, buoyed by corporate earnings in the financial sector. Meanwhile, WTI crude oil ($43.65/barrel) is lower by over 2% while COMEX gold (1255/oz.) is also struggling to find a bid, down 0.9%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note finished at 2.15% yesterday; the bond market is closed today for Veterans Day.


  • Key data on inflation, housing, manufacturing, and the consumer along with Fed Chair Yellen in the week ahead.  A day after the November 8 presidential election, Fed Chair Yellen added a last minute appearance before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress for November 17, and that appearance is the key to next week’s calendar. Data on inflation, housing, manufacturing, and consumer spending will also draw plenty of attention. In addition to Yellen, there are more than a dozen other Fed speakers on the docket next week, presumably preparing markets for a December rate hike. Overseas, key data on gross domestic product (GDP) (Japan) and industrial production and retail sales (China) is set to be released over the weekend, while later in the week a key speech from ECB President Draghi and data on GDP (Eurozone), ZEW (Germany) and CPI (UK) are on tap.
  • New highs for the Dow. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.2% to close at its first new all-time high since 8/15/2016. This was the best one-day gain that was also a new high since a 1.8% jump on 12/18/13. Turning to the S&P 500, it is now up four consecutive days for the first time since mid-July when it gained five consecutive days. Remember, the S&P 500 was down all five days last week and now has a shot at being up all five days this week. For the week, the S&P is currently up 4.1%, which would be the best weekly gain since the first week of January 2013.
  • What does tax reform mean for the municipal bond exemption? President-elect Trump has called for increased spending to rebuild infrastructure. This, coupled with calls for tax reform, has municipal bond holders nervous that the federal government will limit or end the tax exemption on their bonds as a way to partially pay for this program. Although possible, we do not believe this is probable, a topic that we discuss in more detail today on the LPL Research blog.



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