In this week’s recap: Financial contagion concerns and a positive word from the Fed bookend a wild week
Weekly Economic Update
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks prices were whipsawed last week, dragged initially lower by financial contagion worries and later lifted by a supportive Fed policy statement.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.62%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 advanced 0.51%. The Nasdaq Composite index was flat (+0.02%) for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, ticked higher by 0.20%. 1,2,3
A Wild Week
Last week began with a sharp sell-off on contagion concerns that the financial difficulties of a large, debt-laden Chinese property developer could spread to other parts of the global financial system. This added to an existing list of worries that included Delta variant infections, slowing economic activity, debt ceiling brinkmanship in Washington, and Fed tapering uncertainty.
By mid-week stocks bounced back strongly on news that downgraded the risk coming from China and a Fed announcement that its bond purchases would continue, though it did anticipate a moderation in such purchases coming soon. When the dust settled, a week that had appeared set for losses ended in small gains.
The Federal Reserve concluded its FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting last week, announcing that it may start tapering its monthly bond purchases soon, perhaps as early as November, and could raise rates sometime next year.4
Fed Chair Jerome Powell provided further detail in a subsequent press conference, saying that bond purchases may end entirely by the middle of 2022. The support for hiking interest rates also increased, with half of the 18 Fed officials expecting interest rates to be higher by the close of next year, up from just seven who thought similarly in June. The Fed also cut its GDP growth projection to 5.9%, compared with its June estimate of 7%, while raising its inflation forecast from 3% to 3.7%.5,6
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THE WEEK AHEAD: KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Monday: Durable Goods Orders
Tuesday: Consumer Confidence
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Friday: ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Manufacturing Index
Source: Econoday, September 24, 2021
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THE WEEK AHEAD: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: Micron Technologies, Inc. (MU)
Wednesday: Cintas Corporation (CTAS)
Thursday: McCormick & Company (MKC), CarMax, Inc. (KMX)
Source: Zacks, September 24, 2021
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1. The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2021
2. The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2021
4. The Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2021
5. The Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2021
6. CNBC, September 22, 2021