November 2 – November 6 Week in Review

The markets were back in rally mode last week as the prospect of a divided Congress outweighed the fact that no presidential winner was declared by week's end. The S&P 500 gained 7.3%, the Nasdaq Composite rallied 9.0%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 6.9%, and the Russell 2000 rallied 6.9%.

Every sector in the S&P 500 finished in positive territory with ten of the eleven sectors rising between 2.8% and 9.7%. Only the energy sector was excluded gaining 0.8%.

Commentary 11.9.20

Heading into the weekend former Vice President Biden led President Trump 253-214 in the electoral count, according to most sources, but the market appeared to not care who will be president so long as the status quo is preserved in Congress. Expectations were that the House would remain with the Democrats and the Senate would remain with the Republicans although the Senate may not be decided until Jan. 5 since it appears both Senate races in Georgia are heading for a runoff election.

Nevertheless, the current scenario would make it unlikely for lawmakers to pass a massive stimulus bill, increase the capital gains tax rate, or alter the health care system. A smaller or even delayed stimulus deal would disproportionately help the mega-cap/growth stocks and hurt the cyclical stocks due to the potential for a slower economic recovery.

Based on the latest economic data, the recovery appeared to be going smoothly, although the new wave of the coronavirus cases threatens to impede the recovery. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 638,000 in October, the unemployment rate declined to 6.9% from 7.9% in September, and the ISM Manufacturing Index accelerated to 59.3% in October from 55.4% in September.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell said a stimulus package should be passed by the end of the year but advocated for a "skinny" deal due to the better-than-expected employment report.

The Federal Reserve also made news last week but it was largely overshadowed by the election. The fed funds rate was left unchanged as widely expected. Mr. Powell said the current pace of asset purchases remained appropriate for the current situation but added that the voting committee discussed options if more accommodation is needed.

In the credit markets U.S. Treasuries finished on a lower note. The 2 year yield increased one basis point to 0.16%, and the 10 year yield increased four basis points to 0.82%.

In other markets the U.S. Dollar Index fell 1.9% to 92.26, WTI crude increased 4.0% to $37.14 a barrel and gold gained almost 4.0% to close at $1,951.50 an ounce.

November 9 – November 13 Economic Calendar

  • Monday
  • Investor Movement Index
    12:30 PM ET

  • Tuesday
  • NFIB Small Business Optimism Index
    6:00 AM ET
  • Redbook
    8:55 AM ET

    10:00 AM ET

  • Wednesday
  • MBA Mortgage Applications
    7:00 AM ET

  • Thursday
  • CPI
    8:30 AM ET
  • Jobless Claims
    8:30 AM ET
  • Jerome Powell Speaks
    9:30 AM ET
  • Atlanta Fed Business Inflation Expectations
    10:00 AM ET

  • EIA Petroleum Status Report
    11:00 AM ET
  • Treasury Statement
    2:00 PM ET
  • Fed Balance Sheet
    4:30 PM ET
  • Money Supply
    4:30 PM ET

    • Friday

    • PPI-Final Demand
      8:30 AM ET

    • Consumer Sentiment
      10:00 AM ET
    • EIA Natural Gas Report
      10:30 AM ET
    • Baker Hughes Rig Count
      1:00 PM ET



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