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Weekly Market Insights: Stock Market News and Indicators

Weekly Market Insights: Stock Market News and Indicators

August 21, 2023

Last week, the stock market continued its decline from August. Investor sentiment was negatively impacted by higher yields and weak economic data from China.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 2.21%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 decreased by 2.11%. The Nasdaq Composite index also fell by 2.59%. Additionally, the MSCI EAFE index, which monitors developed overseas stock markets, slumped by 2.83%.


Stocks Wilt

Rising bond yields, driven primarily by strong economic data and the release of the minutes from July’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting that pointed toward Fed officials’ potential need to raise rates further, weighed on stocks throughout the week.

Stocks faced a challenging week as bond yields rose due to strong economic data and the release of the FOMC meeting minutes in July, which highlighted the possibility of further rate hikes by Fed officials.

Despite low trading volumes typical of August, stocks were also impacted by negative economic news from China, indicating a weakening economic recovery, and warnings from credit-rating agency Fitch about potential downgrades of several U.S. banks.

However, the downward trend was halted on Friday as yields dropped, providing some relief after Treasury yields had hit their highest level since October 2022 on Thursday.

Retail Sales Surprise

In July, retail sales saw a rise of 0.7%, marking the fourth consecutive month of increasing consumer spending on goods. This report indicates that there is a growing possibility of the U.S. avoiding a recession in the near future. However, the strong spending data, supported by a robust labor market, may prove to be problematic for the Fed in its efforts to bring inflation down to its target rate without implementing more rate hikes. Consumer spending was up across most categories, including bars and restaurants, grocery and hardware stores, and back-to-school items such as books and clothing. Sales of autos and electronics saw a decline, which may be attributed to higher borrowing costs.

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Existing Home Sales.

Wednesday: Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) Composite Flash. New Home Sales.

Thursday: Durable Goods Orders. Jobless Claims.

Source: Econoday, August 18, 2023

Stay informed about the latest economic news with the Econoday economic calendar. It features upcoming releases of U.S. economic data, key economic indicators, as well as Federal Reserve policy meetings and speeches by officials. The information is carefully curated from reliable sources to ensure accuracy. However, please note that the forecasts and forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not always come to fruition. Additionally, the forecasts are subject to change as new information becomes available.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Monday: Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM)

Tuesday: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW)

Wednesday: Nvidia Corporation (NVDA), Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK), Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), Snowflake, Inc. (SNOW)

Thursday: Marvell Technology, Inc. (MRVL), Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA), Workday, Inc. (WDAY), Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR)

Source: Zacks, August 18, 2023 

Please note that any companies mentioned in this message are provided for informational purposes only. This message is not intended as a solicitation to buy or sell securities. Please be aware that investing involves risks and you should make investment decisions based on your own goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. The value of investments can fluctuate as market conditions change and when sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Additionally, please be aware that companies may reschedule their earnings reports without notice.


Food for Thought

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

– Jane Goodall


Tax Tip

Is it Time for a Paycheck Checkup?

There's no better time than the present to check your withholding status and make sure your paycheck accurately reflects the taxes you should be paying.

These paycheck checkups are a great practice when something happens in your life that may change your tax status, such as getting married or getting divorced, having a baby, getting a new job, or getting a raise or promotion at work. You can also adjust your withholding status if you want to change how much tax you withhold due to other circumstances.

During your paycheck checkup, you can also check other factors, such as how much you contribute to your health insurance or retirement plan. These expenses can also impact your tax liability.

*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov6


Healthy Living Tip

5-Minute Core-Strengthening Workout

Even if you only have a little time to dedicate to a core workout, this circuit will get you going and only takes 5 minutes. Here are the moves:

  • 1-minute high plank: Your hands are on the ground, your arms are straight, and you are holding your body up with your arms and a tight core.
  • 30-second side plank on each side: One hand is on the ground, your arm is straight, and the other is in the air. You can do a side plank with your feet stacked on each other (most demanding), your feet staggered (a little easier), or your bottom knee on the ground.
  • 1-minute boat poses: Your feet are in the air, and your arms are by your side, reaching to your feet. You can pose with your legs bent (easier) or straight out (harder).
  • 1-minute crunches: Lift your shoulders and upper back off the ground without pulling your neck.
  • 1-minute dead bug: Lay on your back and alternate, extending out the opposite arm and the opposite leg simultaneously.

Tip adapted from Mind Body Green Movement7


Weekly Riddle

Which of these five words doesn’t belong on this list: that, what, cat, sat, chat. 


Last week’s riddle: A man tells a friend that he married three women yesterday, which was legal. In fact, it was routine. How can he make such a statement? Answer: The man is a Justice of the Peace.


Photo of the Week

Edinburgh, Scotland


Footnotes and Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2023

2. The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2023

3. The Wall Street Journal, August 18, 2023

4. CNBC, August 18, 2023

5. The Wall Street Journal, August 15, 2023

6., April 10, 2023 

7. Mind Body Green Movement, April 24, 2023

Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost.

The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice.

The market indexes discussed are unmanaged, and generally, considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general.

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