Powell Favors Quick Movement

Powell Favors Quick Movement

April 25, 2022

Hawkish comments from Fed Chair Jerome Powell overshadowed many largely positive earnings results, sending stocks lower for the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 1.86%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 2.75%. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 3.83% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, advanced 0.50%.1,2,3

Focus Comes Off Earnings

With the inflation report in the rearview mirror and a Fed meeting two weeks away, many may have expected corporate earnings to be in focus last week. Comments by Jerome Powell stole the spotlight.

Investors began the week awaiting earnings reports looking for insight into businesses handling the latest inflation, a jittery consumer, tighter monetary policy, and ongoing supply chain issues. Despite one high-profile earnings disappointment, corporate profits appeared better than expected. By the time trading began on Thursday, 17% of S&P 500 companies had reported, and 81% had beaten Wall Street analysts’ estimates. Investors responded positively, sending share prices higher until Powell’s comments on Thursday afternoon triggered selling into the day’s close and accelerated through Friday.4

Powell Unnerves Markets

On Thursday, at an event hosted by the International Monetary Fund, the Fed Chair offered his view that it may be appropriate to move more quickly on raising interest rates. He indicated that a 50 basis point hike was on the table for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).5

His comments also emphasized the need to restore price stability, recalling the successful efforts of former Fed Chair Paul Volker, who used a series of rate hikes to tame the inflation of the 1970s and early 1980s. While some observers anticipated these comments, yields rose, and stocks fell in response.

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Durable Goods Orders. Consumer Confidence. New Home Sales.

Thursday: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jobless Claims.

Friday: Consumer Sentiment.

Source: Econoday, April 22, 2022
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

Monday: The Coca-Cola Company (KO).

Tuesday: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), Visa, Inc. (V), Alphabet, Inc. (GOOGL), General Motors Company (GM), Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), 3M Company (MMM), Texas Instruments, Inc. (TXN), United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS), D.R. Horton, Inc. (DHI), Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (CMG).

Wednesday: Meta Platforms, Inc. (FB), The Boeing Company (BA), Ford Motor Company (F), Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL), Amgen, Inc. (AMGN), ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW), Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC).

Thursday: Apple, Inc. (AAPL), Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), Intel Corporation (INTC), Mastercard, Inc. (MA), Caterpillar, Inc. (CAT), Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK), McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), The Southern Company (SO), Eli Lilly and Company (LLY), Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC).

Friday: AbbVie, Inc. (ABBV), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM), Bristol Myers Squibb Company (BMY), Chevron Corporation (CVX), Honeywell International, Inc. (HON), Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL), L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (LHX).

Source: Zacks, April 22, 2022
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.


We have moved back from being overbought to being oversold. One of the main reasons for the selling pressure these last two weeks is that it’s tax time. We have had three years of nice gains in the S&P 500 and many investors are now paying...[READ MORE] 6

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. 

Be On the Lookout for Unemployment Identity Theft Scams

With millions of people receiving unemployment, it’s no surprise that scammers are taking advantage of this situation and filing fraudulent claims for unemployment compensation. They do this by using stolen personal information of taxpayers who haven’t filed unemployment claims.

If you filed for unemployment and received an incorrect Form 1099-G, make sure to contact the issuing agency to request a revised form. You can also contact the IRS and request an identity protection PIN to protect your identity when filing your federal tax return. Make sure to also educate yourself on the many signs of identity theft and take the proper steps to protect yourself.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific, individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.7

Tips for Making Cleaning Your Closet Easier

There’s something so satisfying about cleaning out your closest, especially during this time of year. Here are some tips on how to make spring cleaning your closet a little easier.

  • Not sure what to keep or get rid of? Try the clothes hanger hack! Turn all your coat hangers around so they face away from you and over the course of a month or two, turn the hangers around as you wear your clothes. Then, you can see what you actually wear and clean out your closet accordingly.

  • Separate your clothes by season and neatly pack away the clothes you aren’t wearing right now for future use. You can use a vacuum sealer to save space. Make sure to label your storage containers or bags so you remember what’s in each one.

  • Save space by shopping for wardrobe accessories like shoe organizers, slimmer hangers, or necklace/scarf organizers.8

Spicy Cucumber Margarita

Total Time: 10 mins


  • 4-6 cucumber slices
  • 4 fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce orange liquor (or 2 teaspoons orange zest, see note)
  • juice from 1/2 lime juice
  • 1-2 jalapeño slices
  • 2 teaspoons honey or sugar, using more or less to your taste
  • ginger beer, for topping (optional)

Chili Salt

  • 1/4 cup pink sea salt or flaky sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • fresh thyme leaves (optional)


  1. To make the chili salt. Combine the salt, chili powder, and sugar on a shallow plate. Rim your glasses in salt, then fill with ice.
  2.  In a cocktail shaker or glass jar, add cucumbers, mint (if using), tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, and honey or sugar. Muddle together, squashing everything to release the juices. Add the jalapeño  slices. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute, the longer you shake, the spicier it will be.
  3. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer, if desired. Garnish as desired with cucumbers and thyme, if desired. Enjoy!

Stay safe!

Footnotes and Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2022

2. The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2022

3. The Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2022

4. CNBC, April 21, 2022

5. CNBC, April 21, 2022

6. howardcm.com, April 18, 2022

7. IRS.gov, February 24, 2021

8. whowhatwear.com, March 19, 2020

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.

The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice.

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