Stock Prices Advance as Earnings Season Heats Up

July 24, 2023

Market Data as of Week Ending: 7/21/2023 unless noted otherwise

Most major U.S. stock indexes advanced as investors responded favorably to better-than-expected corporate earnings. 75% of companies in the S&P 500 have reported a positive earnings surprise, despite a reduced estimate for earnings growth in the second quarter that has declined to -9%. Value stocks rotated back into favor and outperformed their growth counterparts, and large companies lagged their small and mid-sized peers. Economic sector returns were mixed, with notable gains in the energy, health care, and financials sectors. Growth-oriented sectors such as communication services and consumer discretionary lagged and declined for the week. Both developed foreign and emerging markets stocks underperformed as the U.S. dollar strengthened.

U.S. Treasury yields were mixed as the front end of the curve rose and the long end of the curve ended the week lower. The yield on the 2-year note ended the week higher at 4.82%, while the 10-year Treasury yield narrowly advanced to 3.84%. Long duration corporate was the best-performing segment, and short to intermediate government bonds lagged. Yields for investment grade corporate bonds and high yield bonds were effectively unchanged to finish the week at 5.5% and 8.4%, respectively.

Economic data was mixed, led by retail sales data for the month of June that came in lower than expected. Retail sales increased 0.2% in June but results in May were revised upwards to a monthly gain of 0.5%. Core retail sales (excluding volatile sectors such as autos and gas) advanced 0.6% which is further evidence of a resilient U.S. consumer. Housing stats cooled off after a surge to 1.56 million units in May; the June figures declined to 1.43 million. Industrial production declined 0.5%, and manufacturing production declined 0.3% in June. On a year-over-year basis, manufacturing production has declined five of the last seven months; however, this is the first yearly decline in industrial production since February 2021. Revised figures show that Europe narrowly avoided a technical recession as the first quarter GDP was flat, but inflation remains elevated across the region.

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