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Weekly Recap | December 11, 2023

Weekly Recap | December 11, 2023

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Sixth Straight Weekly Gain

Stocks Reach Fresh 2023 Highs
All three major U.S. equity indices extended their gains into a sixth straight week, with the S&P 500 finishing the week at a new year-to-date (YTD) high. After a strong 2.6% gain the week prior, the Dow Industrials ended largely flat last week. The week was largely guided by a growing body evidence for a soft landing for the economy and that the Federal Reserve will begin cutting interest rates next year. Over the past six weeks the S&P 500 has gained 12.10%, the Dow Industrials rose 12.30%, and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 14.09%.

For the Week…
The S&P 500 gained 0.24%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 0.04%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite rose 0.70% to end the week at its highest level since early 2022. Small caps again outperformed, with the Russell 2000 gaining 1% for the week (+15.17% since the start of the six-week rally on October 27).

Payrolls Strengthen
U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased by 199,000 in November, topping estimates for 175,000 and up from 150,000 in October. Hiring increased most in health care (+77,000) and government (+49,000) but slowed among retailers (−38,000). The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell from 3.9% to 3.7% (3.9% expected) while average hourly wages rose 0.4% (+4.0% from a year ago).

Weekly Sector Insights
Sector performance was more mixed last week with five of 11 S&P 500 sector groups posting gains. Communications Services (+1.41%), Consumer Discretionary (+1.15%) and Technology (+0.74%) gained the most while Energy (-3.21%), Materials (-1.71%) and Consumer Staples (-1.20%) fell the most. Year-to-date, Technology (+53.4%), Communication Services (+50.41%) and Consumer Discretionary (+37.51%) remain at the top of the leaderboard.

Treasury Yields Little Changed
Treasury yields inched higher last week amid the modestly higher than expected November jobs report. The 10-year Treasury yield ended Friday at 4.229%, up just fractionally from 4.220% the week prior.

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Gasoline Prices Ease

Supply Chain Pressures Drop to Record Low

Economic Calendar

Monday, December 11
No Major Releases.

Tuesday, December 12
Consumer Price Index (CPI), Fed FOMC Meeting Begins, Fed Budget Statement.

Wednesday, December 13
Mortgage Activity, Producer Price Index (PPI), Fed Policy and Rate Decisions.

Thursday, December 14
Jobless Claims, Import and Export Prices, Retail Sales, Philly Fed Mfg Activity, Business Inventories.

Friday, December 15
NY Empire State Mfg Activity, Industrial Production.

The unemployment rate fell from 3.9% in October to 3.7% in November. It’s been under 4.0% for 22 straight months, the longest streak since the 1960s. The November jobs report was strong overall. The labor market grew by 199,000 and wage growth eased to a 29-month low of 3.96% year-over-year. The labor market remains healthy heading into 2024.

This report is created by Cetera Investment Management LLC. For more insights and information from the team, follow @CeteraIM on Twitter.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ. 

The S&P 500 is an index of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry grouping (among other factors) designed to be a leading indicator of U.S. equities and is meant to reflect the risk/return characteristics of the large cap universe. 

The NASDAQ Composite Index includes all domestic and international based common type stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a broad based index. 

The Russell 2000 Index measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe and is a subset of the Russell 3000 Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. 

The Russell 3000 Index measures the performance of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. 

The Russell Midcap Index measures the performance of the mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe and is a subset of the Russell 1000 Index. It includes approximately 800 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. 

The Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index, which was originally called the Lehman Aggregate Bond Index, is a broad based flagship benchmark that measures the investment grade, US dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. The index includes Treasuries, government–related and corporate debt securities, MBS (agency fixed-rate and hybrid ARM pass-throughs), ABS and CMBS (agency and non-agency) debt securities that are rated at least Baa3 by Moody’s and BBB- by S&P. Taxable municipals, including Build America bonds and a small amount of foreign bonds traded in U.S. markets are also included. Eligible bonds must have at least one year until final maturity, but in practice the index holdings have a fluctuating average life of around 8.25 years. 

The Bloomberg US Corporate High Yield Index measures the USD-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bond market. Securities are classified as high yield if the middle rating of Moody's, Fitch, and S&P is Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below, excluding emerging market debt. Payment-in-kind and bonds with predetermined step-up coupon provisions are also included. Eligible securities must have at least one year until final maturity, but in practice the index holdings has a fluctuating average life of around 6.3 years. 

The Bloomberg US Municipal Bond Index covers the USD-denominated long-term tax exempt bond market. The index has four main sectors: state and local general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, insured bonds, and prerefunded bonds. Eligible securities must be rated investment grade (Baa3/BBB- or higher) by Moody’s and S&P and have at least one year until final maturity. 

The MSCI EAFE Index is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets (Europe, Australasia, Far East) excluding the U.S. and Canada. The Index is market-capitalization weighted. 

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is designed to measure equity market performance in global emerging markets. It is a float-adjusted market capitalization index. 

The Bloomberg Commodity Index is a broadly diversified index that measures 22 exchange-traded futures on physical commodities in five groups (energy, agriculture, industrial metals, precious metals, and livestock), which are weighted to account for economic significance and market liquidity. No single commodity can comprise less than 2% or more than 15% of the index; and no group can represent more than 33% of the index.

 The S&P GSCI Crude Oil Index is a sub-index of the S&P GSCI, provides investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark for investment performance in the crude oil market.

 The S&P GSCI Gold Index, a sub-index of the S&P GSCI, provides investors with a reliable and publicly available benchmark tracking the COMEX gold futures market.

The U.S. Dollar Index is a weighted geometric mean that provides a value measure of the United States dollar relative to a basket of major foreign currencies. The index, often carrying a USDX or DXY moniker, started in March 1973, beginning with a value of the U.S. Dollar Index at 100.000.