We have seen tech giants, Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and others suffer over the past 10 days even as the overall stock market has done pretty well. These household names have impacted our everyday lives in transformative ways.
I use these companies nearly every day of my life now. However, these stocks have also proven to be very volatile to own. These stocks have gone up and down 50-100% at different times.
These companies have been very successful but not always successful stocks to own. Owning volatile stocks within a diversified portfolio may smooth out the peaks and valleys over time. I expect there will be several more upswings and downswings with these stocks.
We are almost to the halfway point of 2017 with the major market indexes having a very strong year. With the media and political circus going on, it seems surprising that 2017 has been a fairly smooth ride compared to may years in the stock market. Calm before the storm? If only we could predict the future or had a crystal ball.
Fed Delivers Expected & Unexpected News
As Wall Street anticipated, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on June 14. The Federal Open Market Committee voted 8-1 to take the benchmark interest rate north by a quarter-point to the 1.00-1.25% range. The Fed also said it would begin to reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet at some point “this year” by slowing reinvestments. As a start, it will let $6 billion per month in Treasury holdings run off, along with $4 billion per month in agency debt and mortgage-linked securities. This implies upward pressure on long-term interest rates.1,2
Retail Sales, Headline Inflation Both Retreat
The Consumer Price Index declined 0.1% in May, noted the Bureau of Labor Statistics; core consumer inflation rose 0.1%. A bigger May decline came for retail purchases – the Census Bureau said that they fell 0.3% even with car sales factored out.3
Housing Starts Slip
The Census Bureau’s new residential construction snapshot showed groundbreaking at an 8-month low, with total housing starts down 5.5% in May. Total building permits decelerated 4.9% last month to their slowest pace since April 2016.4
Gauge of Sentiment Descends
In its preliminary June edition, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell short of expectations. Economists, polled by Briefing.com, forecast a reading of 97.0 for the index, but it came in at 94.5.3
Dow 30 Outpaces S&P 500
Rising 0.53% in five days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week at 21,384.28. The S&P 500 made a weekly advance of 0.06% to a Friday close of 2,433.15. Tech shares kept selling off, resulting in the Nasdaq Composite’s 0.90% weekly descent to a Friday settlement of 6,151.76. The Dow Jones Utility Average had the best week among consequential U.S. equity indices, rising 1.75%.5
Nothing major is scheduled for Monday. Tuesday, Adobe Systems, FedEx, La-Z-Boy, Lennar, and Red Hat all present earnings. Wednesday offers May existing home sales figures and earnings announcements from CarMax, Oracle, and Winnebago. Earnings news from Accenture, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Carnival, and Sonic arrives Thursday, plus new initial jobless claims numbers. Friday, investors consider May new home sales and Q2 results from Finish Line.
|% CHANGE||YTD||1-YR CHG||5-YR AVG||10-YR AVG|
|REAL YIELD||6/16 RATE||1 YR AGO||5 YRS AGO||10 YRS AGO|
|10 YR TIPS||0.49%||0.15%||-0.54%||2.37%|
Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 6/16/175,6,7,8
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