Last Week Last week was a bit of a schizophrenic one for rates and equities as narratives crisscrossed one another. The beginning of the week was dominated by talk of recession and corporate margin co...
Last week saw the kind of price action you’d hope to see for stocks if you want a smart rebound from the nightmare of 2022, a string of up days that resembled more of a grind than a moon-shot. On Friday, the VIX fell well below 20 setting a year-over-year low of 18.35 Friday. Some of the main drivers for celebration were a December CPI report that showed inflation continuing to cool somewhat, a broad commodities rally as the prospect for a Chinese economic re-opening grew, and a milder than expected winter (and perhaps recession) in Europe. The big banks started releasing earnings Friday and there were no big negative surprises in either the 4th quarter performance or the outlook for 2023. The message was guardedly optimistic that a 2023 recession would be mild or even non-existent. In rates, the yield curve steepened mildly.
- The S&P 500 rose 2.67% for the week. The average daily move was 0.56%.
- The NASDQ advanced 4.82% for the week. The average daily move for the week was 0.95%.
- The 2-year Treasury yield declined 1 basis point, closing at 4.24% on Friday. High year-over-year 4.72%, low yield 0.97%.
- The 10-year Treasury yield fell 4 basis points for the week, closing at 3.51% on Friday. Year-over-year high yield 4.24%, low yield 1.73%.
- The VIX Index plummeted 13.2% for the week, closing at 18.35 Friday, a new year-over-year low. Year-over-year high 36.45 and low 18.35.
- The MOVE Index was nearly unchanged for the week, closing at 113.55 on Friday. Year-over-year high 160.72 and low 80.14.
- 5-year Investment Grade Corporates (as measured by Markit CDX) spreads decline 5 basis point for the week closing at 70 basis points Friday. High spread Year-over-year high 111 and low of 55.
- High Yield corporate debt (as measured by Markit CDX) tightened 26 basis points, closing at 424 basis points on Friday. Year-over-year high 627, and low 313.
- US Dollar Index fell 1.61%, closing at 102.20 on Friday. Year-over-year high 114.11 and low 95.379.
- WTI Crude soared 8.3% using the February 2023 WTI Futures contract, closing at 79.86 Friday. Year-over-year high 123.70, and low 71.02.
- Gold, as measured by the February futures contract rose 2.7% for the week closing at 1,922 on Friday. High price for the front contract year-over-year 2,043 and low 1,644.
- Bitcoin rose 17.1% closing at 19,813 on Friday. High price year-over-year 47,967 and low 15,632.
The Week Ahead
We start the week with rates relatively unchanged and stocks down a bit from Friday’s closes. Bank earnings will continue to roll out with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley releasing theirs this morning. Last week the risk markets saw the glass “half-full,” focusing on the positives listed in the recap above. However, there remains the steady drumbeat from analysts that earnings are going to stink in 2023 and equity valuations have not priced this in yet. Furthermore, in the case of highly leveraged companies, the effects of higher debt service costs, inflation, and a soft economy put many in the problem asset category. Earnings week continues to build up steam with P&G and Netflix reporting Thursday. As far as economic data, we have December PPI and Retail Sales tomorrow, as well as the Fed’s Beige Book. The rest of the week will see housing data and Federal Reserve bank’s releasing their regions economic indices.
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