February 4 – February 8 Week in Review

The markets moved higher last week despite recurring concerns about a slowdown in global growth and the likelihood of a U.S.-China trade deal getting done. The S&P 500 was up fractionally, gaining 0.05%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.17%, the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.47%, and the Russell 2000 gained 0.29%.

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The S&P 500 utilities, information technology, industrials, and real estate sectors were last week's leaders. Conversely, the energy, materials, and financial sectors were the laggards.

The stock market kicked off the week right where it left off: with gains. Shares of mega-cap stocks helped prop the S&P 500 back to its 200-day moving average ahead of President Trump's State of the Union Address on Tuesday night.

President Trump's speech didn't move the market, but the fundamental issues of a slowdown in global growth and a U.S.-China trade deal did cause some investors to decide they’ve had enough and take some gains. Though these concerns were nothing new, they did provide an excuse for some investors to de-risk from a market that perhaps has rallied a bit too much from the Christmas Eve low of last year.

On the global growth front some disappointing updates from Europe that stirred concerns last week included the Bank of England leaving its key rate unchanged at 0.75% and lowering its 2019 GDP growth outlook to 1.2% from 1.7%, the EU Commission cutting its 2019 euro area GDP growth forecast to 1.3% from 1.9%, and Germany reporting a 0.4% month-over-month decline in industrial production and a 1.6% month-over-month decline in factory orders in December.

As for trade news, expectations for a trade deal before the March 1 deadline were lowered. NEC Director Larry Kudlow stated there remained a sizable distance to go with trade talks. In addition, President Trump confirmed that it is unlikely he will meet with China's President Xi before the trade deadline. Reports, however, indicated that the White House could extend the deadline if necessary.

Earnings reports last week, led by market bellwethers Alphabet and Disney, were generally mixed and replete with disappointing guidance.

Separately, there was some notable M&A news last week. BB&T and SunTrust Banks announced an all-stock merger of equals valued at approximately $66 billion, which would create the sixth largest U.S. retail bank if approved. Ultimate Software received a cash buyout offer led by private equity firm Hellman & Friedman for $11 billion, or $331.50 a share.

U.S. Treasuries saw some continued buying interest last week, pushing yields lower across the curve. The 2 year yield decreased four basis points to 2.46%, and the 10 year yield decreased six basis points to 2.63%.

In other markets the U.S. Dollar Index increased 1.1% last week to 96.63 while WTI crude lost 4.5% falling to $52.76 a barrel in Nymex trading.

February 11 – February 15 Economic Calendar

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • NFIB Small Business Optimism Index
    6:00 AM ET
  • Redbook
    8:55 AM ET
    10:00 AM ET
  • Esther George Speaks
    5:30 PM ET
  • Loretta Mester Speaks
    6:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday
  • MBA Mortgage Applications
    7:00 AM ET
  • Raphael Bostic Speaks
    7:15 AM ET
  • CPI
    8:30 AM ET
  • Loretta Mester Speaks
    8:50 AM ET
  • Atlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations
    10:00 AM ET
  • EIA Petroleum Status Report
    10:30 AM ET
  • Treasury Budget
    2:00 PM ET
  • Thursday
  • Jobless Claims
    8:30 AM ET
  • PPI-FD
    8:30 AM ET
  • Retail Sales
    8:30 AM ET
  • Business Inventories
    10:00 AM ET
  • EIA Natural Gas Report
    10:30 AM ET
  • Fed Balance Sheet
    4:30 PM ET
  • Money Supply
    4:30 PM ET
    • Friday
    • Empire State Mfg Survey
      8:30 AM ET



    • Import and Export Prices
      8:30 AM ET
    • Industrial Production
      9:15 AM ET
    • Raphael Bostic
      9:55 AM ET
    • Consumer Sentiment
      10:00 AM ET
    • Baker-Hughes Rig Count
      1:00 PM ET

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NOT A GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS. This commentary is a matter of opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as investment advice and does not address or account for individual investor circumstances. Investment decisions should always be made based on the client's specific financial needs, goals and objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance. The statements contained herein are based solely upon the opinions of Telemus Capital, LLC. All opinions and views constitute our judgments as of the date of writing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Information was obtained from third party sources, which we believe to be reliable, but not guaranteed.

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