Market Update: Monday, October 2, 2017


Market Recap

  • U.S. indexes closed out Q3 with more gains amid few drivers. Nasdaq (+0.7%) led on Friday; S&P 500 Index +0.4% on the day; also up on the week, month, and quarter. Dow +0.1%.
  • Small caps led on the month, half of ~6% monthly return occurred last week. Russell 2000 Index +0.1% on Friday.
  • Above average volume amid month- and quarter-end trading, breadth positive on NYSE, Nasdaq at 1.5:1.
  • Technology sector led, helped by internet stocks; utilities, consumer staples lagged.
  • 10-year Treasury yield +2 basis points (0.02%) on the day, 7 basis points (0.07%) on the week.
  • Commodities – WTI crude oil flat at $51.55/bbl., COMEX gold -0.4% to $1283/oz., industrial metals mostly higher excluding copper (-0.9%).

Overnight & This Morning

  • S&P 500 opened slightly higher, continues last week’s broad advance led by small caps, financial sector outperformance.
  • European markets broadly higher; Spain the exception as Catalan independence vote creates uncertainty. Euro continues decline vs. U.S. dollar. STOXX Europe 600 +0.2%.
  • Asian markets strengthened, aided by positive Chinese, Japanese manufacturing surveys. Quiet day overall as numerous exchanges closed for holidays. Nikkei +0.2%.
  • Treasuries up slightly as 10-year note yield -1 basis point (0.01%) to 2.32%.
  • WTI crude oil down sharply (-2.2%) to $50.50/bbl. on higher production, OPEC non-compliance concerns; gold sliding (-0.5%) to ~$1277/oz.


Macro Notes

  • Last week’s tax proposal presented real progress. Most importantly, last week’s tax framework from Republican policymakers (the so-called “Big Six”) paved the way for a 2018 budget resolution–a needed step to give policymakers a reasonable shot at achieving tax reform. Although the framework lacks details and upcoming negotiations will be difficult, we continue to believe that a tax agreement is more likely than not by early 2018. Markets have become more optimistic about a deal in recent weeks based on several market-based barometers of policy sentiment, as discussed in our latest Weekly Market Commentary due out later today.
  • Here comes October. October kicks off the historically bullish fourth quarter, but this month is also known for also being the most volatile month of the year. Adding to the potential for some movement this month: an election in Japan, two central bank meetings, earnings season kicks off in the U.S., and the GDP advance estimate that will include the hurricanes’ impact. All in all, October is a big month and one that could provide a lot of fireworks. This week in the Weekly Economic Commentary, we take a closer look at the events that could move markets.
  • Good bye, September. September ended the month the same way it started–with new highs amid very low volatility. In the end, the average daily range for the S&P 500 during the month was only 0.40%, the smallest monthly range ever using data back to 1970. Additionally, the S&P 500 gained 2% for the month, but made nine new all-time highs along the way; with only 1955 and 1995 seeing more new highs this month.
  • Win streaks continue. With a two percent gain in September, the S&P 500 is now up six consecutive months on a price basis and 11 consecutive months on a total return basis. Going back to 1950[1], in only two other instances has the S&P 500 closed higher on a total return basis for 11 consecutive months (1954 and 1959). The quarterly win streak continues as well, as the S&P 500 is now higher eight consecutive quarters.
    [1] Please note: The modern design of the S&P 500 stock index was first launched in 1957. Performance back to 1950 incorporates the performance of predecessor index, the S&P 90.
  • Where did the big moves go? Don’t miss today’s post on the LPL Research blog where we show that big moves have been non-existent for the S&P 500 so far in 2017. In fact, this could be the first year since 2005 without a single 2% move (up or down), while it has only eight 1% moves–the least since 1995.


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  • Markit Manufacturing PMI (Sept)
  • ISM Manufacturing (Sept)
  • Contruction Spending (Aug)
  • Kaplan (Hawk)
  • Germany: Markit Germany Manufacturing PMI (Sept)
  • Italy: Unemployment Rate (Aug)
  • Eurozone: Markit Eurozone Maufacturing PMI (Sept)
  • UK: Markit UK Manufacturing PMI (Sept)
  • Eurozone: Unemployment Rate (Aug)
  • Russia: GDP (Q2)
  • Japan: Vehicle Sales (Sept)
  • Japan: Monetary Base (Sept)


  • Wards Vehicle Sales (Sept)
  • Italy: Deficit to GDP (Q2)
  • Eurozone: PPI (Aug)
  • Japan: Nikkei Japan Services PMI (Sept)


  • MBA Mortage Applications (Sept 29)
  • ADP Employment Report (Sept)
  • Markit Services PMI (Sept)
  • ISM Non-Manufacturing (Sept)
  • Yellen (Dove)
  • France: Markit France Services PMI (Sept)
  • Eurozone: Markit Eurozone Services PMI
  • UK Markit UK Services PMI (Sept)
  • Eurozone: Retail Sales (Aug)
  • Poland: Base Rate Announcement


  • Cahllenger Job Cuts (Sept)
  • Weekly Jobless Claims (Sept 30)
  • Trade Balance (Aug)
  • Factory Orders (Aug)
  • Durable Goods Orders (Aug)
  • Cap Goods Shipments & Orders (Aug)
  • Williams (Dove)
  • Harker (Hawk)
  • George (Hawk)
  • ECB: Account of the Monetary Policy Meeting


  • Change in Nonfarm, Private, & Manufacturing Payrolls (Sept)
  • Unemployment Rate (Sept)
  • Average Hourly Earnings (Sept)
  • Average Weekly Hours (Sept)
  • Labor Force Participation & Underemployment Rates (Sept)
  • Wholesale Sales & Inventories (Aug)
  • Consumer Credit (Aug)
  • Bostic (Dove)
  • Dudley (Dove)
  • Kaplan (Hawk)
  • Bullard (Dove)
  • Germany: Factory Orders (Aug)
  • Italy: Retail Sales (Aug)
  • Japan: Leading Index (Aug)

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