Feb 4, 2022 4:05:10 PM
Weekly Market Wrap 04/02/2022
This week has seen mega caps trading like meme stocks after poor earnings reports caused dramatic moves for some of the largest companies in the US. The Bank of England delivered an interest rate increase as expected, however voting numbers delivered some very hawkish indicators. The topic of rising rates was echoed by the ECB as President Christine Lagarde hinted that higher levels of inflation may be persisting longer than expected. US jobs data shocked markets on Friday after the data showed an increase in jobs growth, despite the consensus predicting a slowdown.
The S&P 500 is up 0.78% at 4,466 this week, however increased levels of volatility are still present. PayPal and Meta Platforms joined Netflix to become the most recent casualties of poor earnings. Both stocks experienced falls of more than 20% in a single day this week, with Meta losing over $200 billion of its market cap on Thursday after showing a loss in userbase for the first time ever. Better than expected US jobs growth sent markets lower as yields resumed their climb. The increase in jobs growth has increased the already prominent worries form investors around high inflation in the US.
The FTSE 100 ended the week up 0.69% at 7,518. The Bank of England delivered a 25 basis point rate hike, taking the BoE rate to 0.50% as expected on Thursday. Investors were surprised to see that the central bank was only one vote away from a 50 basis point rise, which would’ve seen rates increase to 0.75%. This would’ve been the largest interest rate increase since 1995. UK consumers heard on Thursday that energy bills are set to rise by significantly in April, after price caps were lifted by a record 54%.
The Euro Stoxx 50 lost 1.23% this week, falling to 4,086 whilst the DAX lost 1.37% and the CAC 40 gained 0.20%. On Thursday the European Central Bank appeared to turn a corner in their extremely dovish policy stance after President Christine Lagarde recognise that inflation had remained higher for longer than expected and told investors “The situation has indeed changed”. This hawkish commentary sent European stocks downwards on Friday morning. Europe are expected to return to a 0% interest rate by the end of the year.
The US 10-Year Treasury yield ended the week up 9 basis points at 1.90%. Some areas of the US government bond yield curve have begun to flatten as investors remain concerned that a number of interest rate hikes could hurt the long-term growth of the US economy.
Brent Crude rose 3.85% to $93.50 this week, a seven-year high. On Friday OPEC+ decided on a small increase in production, with the March production target set to be 400,000 barrels per day.
The Week Ahead
Monday – Australia retail sales
Tuesday – Canada trade balance
Wednesday – Japan producer prices
Thursday – US CPI; US Initial jobless claims
Friday – UK GDP
*Price changes as of last week’s close unless stated otherwise.