ND&S Weekly Market Update (11.12.18) – U.S. Markets Bounce Back

November 12, 2018

U.S. markets responded positively to midterm election results that were in-line with expectations, with Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans retaining control of the Senate. For the week, the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ rose 3.0%, 2.2% and 0.7%, respectively. The best performing sectors last week were healthcare, real estate, utilities and consumer staples as investors favored those sectors that generate stable earnings and larger dividends. With 91% of S&P 500 companies having reported earnings for the 3rd quarter, 77% have beaten earnings expectations, but only 49% have exceeded on revenues. It appears that the market is penalizing earnings misses more than revenue misses. International equities did not fare as well for the week, as developed markets only advanced 0.2% and emerging markets declined -2.0%.

As expected, the FOMC did not hike rates at its November meeting. However, they noted in their minutes that unemployment has declined since the September meeting, which suggests that the Fed is still on track to hike rates one more time in December. For the week, the yield on the 10 year U.S. Treasury fell to 3.19% from 3.22% the week prior.

The week ahead will include reports on inflation, industrial production, and retail sales. For the balance of the year, U.S. economic and profit fundamentals continue to look solid suggesting that investors should allow economics to guide their investment decisions in the near-term.

On this Veterans Day, we thank all those who have honorably served our great nation. We are especially grateful for all those service members who never returned home as we are reminded of the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God”