Week On Wall Street

No Stimulus, Stocks Lower

Failure to reach an agreement on a new fiscal stimulus sours investor sentiment and sends stocks down

Weekly market view from LMK Wealth Management. Reprinted with permission. Visit lmkwealth.com.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.95%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 lost 0.53%. The Nasdaq Composite index slipped 1.06% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, declined 0.44%.[1][2][3]

 

Markets Disappointed with Stimulus Impasse

Stock prices ebbed and flowed all week, pulled by the gravity of fiscal stimulus talks in Washington, D.C. As investors saw improving prospects for a new fiscal stimulus bill, stocks rose. As prospects dimmed, stocks turned lower.

Hopes for striking a deal were raised late in the week as comments from a key negotiator suggested that a deal might be getting closer to fruition. The week ended, however, without an agreement, cementing a disappointing week of performance.

Market sentiment was further weighed down by the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and Europe, though anxieties were tempered by the belief that a full economic lockdown was unlikely.

New Jobless Claims Fall

Markets have been focused on weekly initial jobless claims as an important input into the state of economic recovery. After weeks of 800,000+ new jobless claims, last week’s report reflected an improving labor market, as new jobless claims rose by 787,000, below consensus estimates of 875,000, while continuing jobless claims fell by more than one million.[4]

The report wasn’t entirely positive, however, as more than 500,000 individuals were added to the emergency assistance program that extends unemployment benefits to those who have run out of state unemployment benefits.[5]

THIS WEEK: KEY ECONOMIC DATA

  • Monday: New Home Sales.
  • Tuesday: Durable Goods Orders. Consumer Confidence.
  • Thursday: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jobless Claims.
  • Friday: Consumer Sentiment.

Source: Econoday, October 23, 2020
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THIS WEEK: COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS

  • Monday: Twilio, Inc (TWLO)
  • Tuesday: Microsoft (MSFT), Pfizer (PFE), Caterpillar (CAT), Merck (MRK), Eli Lilly (LLY), 3M Company (MMM), Corning Inc. (GLW)
  • Wednesday: General Electric (GE), The Boeing Corporation (BA), Ford Motor Company (F), Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Gilead Sciences (GILD), Blackstone Group (BX), Amgen (AMGN), United Parcel Services (UPS), EBay (EBAY), Norfolk Southern (NSC)
  • Thursday: Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), Alphabet, Inc. (GOOGL), Southern Company Airlines (SO), Shopify (SHOP), Comcast Corporation (CMCSA), AnheuserBusch InBev (BUD)
  • Friday: Abbvie (ABBV), Chevron (CVX), Charter Communications (CHTR)

Source: Zacks, October 23, 2020
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[1] The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2020
[2] The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2020
[3] The Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2020
[4] CNBC.com, October 22, 2020
[5] CNBC.com, October 22, 2020