Weekly Market Report: April 15, 2022

The holiday-shortened week ushered in the beginning of first quarter earnings season alongside a relatively full economic calendar. Uncertainty surrounding monetary policy and the war in Eastern Europe continued as the primary undercurrents in the market. Global equity markets were mixed, but generally down for the week, while rising bond yields added to an already poor year-to-date outcome for fixed income investors. Oil and broad commodity markets enjoyed another strong bid last week pushing most commodities handily into double-digit returns for the year while the USD benefitted from the risk-off tone, notching a 0.50% gain for the week.

Market Anecdotes

• Prevailing uncertainties have translated to some notable equity market churn with the S&P 500 crossing below the 200 DMA six times and back above five times.
• After bouncing over 16% in the last two weeks of March, the NASDAQ has pulled back over 8% in what has been the
worst first half of April since the tech bubble crash in early 2000.
• Defensive sectors of utilities and consumer staples are now at all time high valuations, currently in the 99th percentile over the last 10 years.
• Sitting here on the doorstep of Q1 earnings season, it’s worth noting the Golub Capital Altman Index (private middle
market companies) experienced YoY earnings growth of 9% and revenue growth of 18% during the first two months of
• As the bond market suffers through one of its worst periods ever, we must ask if we are transitioning from TINA (there is no alternative) to BABY (bonds are better yielders)?
• A BofA fund manager survey shows 43% of fund managers believe inflation is transitory and 49% feel it is ‘permanent’. They also reported an average expectation of seven impending interest rate hikes.
• Fedspeak has been fairly consistent with one of the more hawkish FOMC members, Waller, noting last week that we are nearing peak-inflation readings. Markets still expect approximately +130bps over the next three meetings and twelve to thirteen over the full cycle.
• A poll by The Harrris reveals some of the real-world impacts higher inflation has on consumer spending patterns with
dining/impulse buys as the first cuts and travel/cocktails less elastic.
• Kastle published an interesting chart looking at return-to-normal activities including travel, dining, movies, but clearly not the office – casting further clouds on the office sector.
• Calls that the sky is falling due to mortgage rates hitting 5% last week were in abundance but a look at historical
mortgage rates from Bespoke provides some well-placed perspective.
• The sky is falling mentality clearly extended to AAII sentiment survey figures last week with bullish sentiment of 15.8% reaching its lowest level since 1992
• Defense spending by NATO countries shows the U.S. accounting for 69% of the total defense spend with material
spending increases across the NATO bloc. This is somewhat intuitive when adjusted for the distribution of the global
wealth, which is concentrated in the U.S.

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