Market Update: Thursday, June 1, 2017


Yesterday’s Market Activity

  • Stocks flat, with the S&P 500 finishing barely red
  • Tight range continued as the past three days the S&P 500 moved less than 0.15% each day
  • WTI crude oil down 2.8% to a new three week low, energy stocks lagged as a result
  • Financials fell 0.9% on concerns of weak bank trading results
  • 10-year Treasury yield stayed flat at 2.21%
  • Utilities higher as the defensive group continued leadership, with the sector up 0.6%
  • Economic data was light, but May Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) hit its best level since November 2014, April pending home sales missed

Overnight & This Morning

  • US equities near flat amid light volume
  • ADP Employment report slightly better than expected, 181k jobs in May versus 173.5k expected (details below)
  • Jobless claims ticked up to 248k vs 239k expected. Though slightly elevated, no signal of shifting labor market conditions.
  • European stocks up, STOXX Europe 600 up 0.4% after Eurozone manufacturing PMI in line
  • UK polls showing much narrower lead for Conservatives heading into the UK election
  • Asia is mixed, Japan up 1% on stronger Q1 capex spending, China slipped on surprise contraction in Caixin manufacturing PMI
  • US Dollar firmer versus other major currencies
  • Commodities lower on US dollar strength, WTI crude oil ($48.31/bbl) flat after a bigger-than-expected stockpile in API inventory
  • President Trump widely expected to announce the exit from the Paris climate agreement



Key Insights

  • With June upon us, you may hear how this is one of the worst months historically for the S&P 500 Index. Some summertime volatility could be perfectly normal and with three central bank interest rate decisions due near the middle of this month, the odds of more volatility is no doubt higher, but we continue to recommend a diversified approach that focuses on clients’ long-term goals.
  • Lack of volatility continues as the S&P 500 hasn’t closed up or down more than 0.15% for three consecutive days. As we noted last week, after 100 trading days the S&P 500 has closed up or down more than 1% four times, the least since 1972. But it’s important to remember this increases the odds of higher volatility later this year, and also note that some of the best bull markets ever have taken place amid the least volatility.

Macro Notes

  • ADP employment report signals possible improvement in job growth. ADP, the nation’s largest payroll processing firm, estimated the economy added 253,000 new jobs in May, well ahead of consensus expectations of 170,000. While the report points to potential upside for Friday’s jobs report, ADP’s jobs number has become a less reliable forecaster following methodological changes. The consensus estimate for Friday’s jobs report stands at non-farm payroll growth of 185,000 (versus 211,000 last month) with the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.4%.
  • 2017 Retirement Environment Index released. The LPL Research Retirement Environment Index seeks to discover the complicated answer to the simple question: Which state is most desirable for pre-retirees? Based on six categories, the index ranks states on their preparedness and desirability for the pre-retiree cohort. No single state ranked in the top across all categories and the index can be used as financial planning tool to help address state attributes that are most important to pre-retirees. This year, Nebraska took the top spot, while New York anchored the bottom. Review the details behind the rankings, as well as regional trends, in the full publication.



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  • ADP Employment (May)
  • Non-Farm Productivity (Q1)
  • Initial Jobless Claims (May 27)
  • Markit Mfg. PMI (May)
  • ISM (May)
  • Eurozone: Markit Eurozone Mfg. PMI (May)
  • Italy: GDP (Q1)
  • Brazil: GDP (Q1)
  • South Korea: GDP (Q1)
  • Canada: Markit Canada Mfg. PMI (May)
  • Japan: Vehicle Sales (May)



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