Bad News for Bears; Good News Buoys Markets

Bad News for Bears; Good News Buoys Markets

July 17, 2023

Better-than-expected updates last week on consumer and wholesale price inflation buoyed investor sentiment, driving stocks higher and lower bond yields. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.29%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 increased 2.42%. The Nasdaq Composite index advanced 3.32% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 4.67%.1,2,3

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Inflation Sparks Stocks

Back-to-back positive inflation reports emboldened investors, sending stocks to their highest levels since April 2022. Lower-than-forecast inflation on both consumer prices and producer prices sparked investor optimism that inflation may be able to fall further without tipping the economy into recession and provide the basis for the Fed to moderate its more hawkish rate hike stance.4

After four straight days of increases, investor attention turned to the kick-off of a new earnings season on Friday. Despite some positive earnings surprises from several big banks and a major healthcare provider, stocks closed out a good week with a slight decline. 

Inflation Cools

Inflation continued its downward trend last month, falling at its slowest pace in over two years. Consumer prices rose 0.2% in June and 3.0% from a year ago. Both were below economists’ consensus forecast. Core inflation (excludes food and energy), which has been more stubborn, fell to 4.8% year-over-year–its lowest level since October 2021.5

The positive disinflationary story continued the following day with a lighter-than-forecast increase in producer prices. Wholesale prices increased 0.1% in June, which was lower than the consensus forecast of 0.2%. The increase from a year ago was also 0.1%, representing the smallest gain in nearly three years. Core producer price rose 2.6% year-over-year.6

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Retail Sales. Industrial Production.

Wednesday: Housing Starts.

Thursday: Existing Home Sales. Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Jobless Claims.

Source: Econoday, July 14, 2023
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Tuesday: Bank of America Corporation (BAC), Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT), Morgan Stanley (MS), The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), Prologis, Inc. (PLD)

Wednesday: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), Tesla, Inc. (TSLA), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS)

Thursday: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Blackstone, Inc. (BX), Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG), Abbott Laboratories (ABT), American Airlines Group, Inc. (AAL), CSX Corporation (CSX), Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. (FCX), United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (UAL), Capital One Financial Corporation (COF)

Friday: American Express Company (AXP)

Source: Zacks, July 14, 2023
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

Bulls Licking Their Lips After Today’s CPI Number

Today’s CPI number was very encouraging for the bulls, as inflation is clearly dropping. The HCM-BuyLine® is positive, inflation is dropping, a record amount of cash is on the sidelines, low unemployment, a strong economy, and the list goes on from there. Could this be setting up to be...[READ MORE] 7

This communication is issued by Howard Capital Management, Inc. It is for informational purposes and is not an official confirmation of terms. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, nor is it a complete statement of the financial products or markets referred to. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. 

Do You Need to Report Cash Payments?

If you receive a cash payment over $10,000, you may be required to report it to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In this case, a cash payment includes US or foreign currency and can also include cashier's checks, bank drafts, traveler's checks, or money orders. 

In addition, cash payments to an individual can also include payments from companies, corporations, partnerships, associations, trusts, or estates. For example, this could include:

  • Dealers of jewelry, furniture, boats, aircraft, automobiles, art, rugs, and antiques
  • Pawnbrokers
  • Attorneys
  • Real estate brokers
  • Insurance companies
  • Travel agencies

This requirement can apply to cash payments received in one lump sum or two or more payments over time. Check the IRS website for more specifics regarding what constitutes a reportable transaction.

So how do you report cash payments? Taxpayers should complete Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000 Received in a Trade or Business. You can file this form electronically or mail a copy to the IRS. You must submit Form 8300 within 15 days of receiving the cash payment.8

*This information is not intended to substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

What Are Polyphenols?

You may have heard of polyphenols, as they're getting a lot of buzz in the health and wellness community. But what are they, and what are their benefits?

Polyphenols are a category of plant compounds that may offer various health benefits, from boosting brain health and digestion to protecting against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even some cancers.

There are many sources of polyphenols, including dark chocolate, tea, and dark berries. Even red wine may contain polyphenols. There are four main types of polyphenols:

  • Flavonoids: Flavonoids account for around 60% of all polyphenols, found in foods like apples, onions, dark chocolate, and red cabbage.
  • Phenolic acids: Phenolic acids account for about 30% of polyphenols, found in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and seeds.
  • Polyphenolic amides: Polyphenolic amides are in chili peppers and oats.
  • Other polyphenol foods include red wine, berries, turmeric, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and whole grains.9


Skinny Blackberry Margarita

Servings: 1 drink

prep time: 4 mins 

Skinny Blackberry Margarita. Simple recipe with fresh lime juice, tequila, agave, and muddled blackberries.

Ingredients: (each drink) 

  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon salt to rim the glass, lime wedge optional
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila about 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 very large or 1 1/2 small limes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice about 1/2 medium orange
  • 2 teaspoons light agave nectar or simple syrup add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon additional if you prefer a sweeter margarita
  • 1/4 cup blackberries about 6 large or 8 small; you can use fresh or frozen and thawed
  • Ice
  • Additional lime wedges and berries for serving

For a Pitcher (5 drinks)

  • 8 ounces silver tequila (1 cup)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice from about 5 medium/large limes
  • 8 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 4 medium oranges) (1 cup)
  • 3 tbsp plus 1 teaspoon light agave nectar or simple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh blackberries


  1. Rim the glass(es): Mix the salt and sugar together in a small bowl, then transfer to a shallow plate. Rub a lime wedge around the top edge of your glass to moisten it, then dip the glass into the sugar/salt mixture so that it sticks, tapping all the way around. Place 2 tablespoons of the blackberries in the bottom of the glass, then muddle them so that they are lightly crushed. Fill the glass with ice.
  2. For one drink: Fill a small cocktail shaker with additional ice. Add the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave. Tightly close and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds (it’s longer than you think). Strain into the rimmed glass over the ice. Garnish with remaining blackberries and lime wedges. Enjoy immediately.
  3. For a pitcher: Muddle half of the blackberries (those not used for the glasses) in the bottom of a pitcher. Stir in the tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and agave (do not add ice to the pitcher). Serve immediately (prepare the glasses as in Step 1) or place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the pitcher and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

Footnotes and Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2023

2. The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2023

3. The Wall Street Journal, July 14, 2023

4. The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2023

5. The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2023

6. The Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2023

7., July 7, 2023.

8., February 15, 2023

9. Healthline, February 15, 2023

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