Concerns over declines in the Turkish currency and the risk of a trade dispute between the U.S. and Turkey pushed stocks lower last week. Turkey and the U.S. are sparring over the jailing of a U.S. pastor by Turkey. The S&P 500 fell 0.2% for the week. Global stocks were more affected by the issues in Turkey as the MSCI ACWI dropped 0.7% higher. The Bloomberg BarCap Aggregate Bond Index rose 0.4%.
Key points for the week
- Stocks dropped this week on concerns about the Turkish currency.
- Inflation rose 2.9% in the last 12 months as tariffs increased prices of many goods.
- The next leg higher in the S&P 500 will likely require a broader set of companies participating in the rally.
The U.S. Consumer Price Index was released for July showing a gain of 0.2% and an annual gain of 2.9%. The core CPI posted an annual gain of 2.4%, the largest year-over-year gain since 2008. The recent report strengthens the possibility of two more rate hikes before year’s end as the Fed’s target rate is 2%. Much of the gains in the CPI can be attributed to the rise in input costs as tariffs have raised prices of materials such as lumber, aluminum, and steel. This rise is exemplified in the shelter index as its annual rate is 3.5%. The chart above shows the monthly CPI rates over the last 12 months.
As the S&P 500 closes in on the record it reached in late January, many are wondering what will push the index to break through. The number of companies participating in the rally will likely need to be expanded. The S&P 500’s gains this year have been concentrated in a few companies primarily associated with technology, internet retail, or social media. The strong earnings in the second quarter showed broad earnings growth and a higher-than-expect number of companies that beat estimates. For the market to go higher, those fundamentals need to be reflected in stock prices.
An odd event occurred last week in Hackettstown, New Jersey. 75 goats escaped a livestock auction and were running amuck in town. If this event wasn’t odd enough, it happened a week before in Boise, Idaho. One picture from Boise shows a home’s front lawn getting snacked on by nearly 30 goats. In the words of Lou Brown from the movie Major League, “If it happens a third time it’s called a streak.” Let’s hope it never reaches that point.
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