Rocky Week After Russian Invasion

Rocky Week After Russian Invasion

February 28, 2022
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Investors rode a rollercoaster of emotions as rising hostilities at the Russian-Ukrainian border sent stocks sharply lower before a powerful late-week rally erased early losses.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.06%), while the Standard & Poor’s 500 edged higher by 0.82%. The Nasdaq Composite index gained 1.08% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, lost an eye-catching 5.72%.1,2,3

Geopolitical Events

The build-up to Russia’s eventual invasion of Ukraine triggered elevated market volatility, resulting in broad-based selling that sent the S&P 500 into correction territory as the holiday-shortened week of trading began.4

The sell-off culminated on Thursday morning following the overnight incursion of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory, though markets staged a powerful late-day recovery that coincided with President Biden’s announcing fresh sanctions against Russia. The afternoon rebound was remarkable, as the S&P 500 ended 1.5% higher after being down more than 2.6%, while the Nasdaq Composite closed 3.3% higher after dropping nearly 3.5% intraday. Thursday afternoon’s momentum continued into Friday as stocks rallied to end the week in positive territory.5

Invasion Implications

Setting aside the more important aspects of the human cost and damage to world order, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine introduced an acute layer of uncertainty into many layers of the financial markets. The immediate repercussion was the impact on global economic recovery due to rising energy prices, which reduce consumers’ discretionary spending and saddle businesses with higher costs.

The inflationary impact of higher energy and other prices, along with the prospect of decelerating economic growth, also complicates the Fed’s strategy to guide interest rates higher. Already, the probability of a 50 basis point interest rate hike at the Fed’s March 2022 meeting seems less likely than it was just a week ago. Finally, Russia’s actions have raised new concerns over second-order effects that could further unsettle markets, such as a new round of supply-chain disruptions.

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Manufacturing Index.

Wednesday: ADP (Automated Data Processing) Employment Report.

Thursday: Factory Orders. Jobless Claims. ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Services Index.

Friday: Employment Situation.

Source: Econoday, February 25, 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: Lucid Group, Inc. (LCID), Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM).

Tuesday: Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM), Target Corporation (TGT), Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST).

Wednesday: Dollar Tree, Inc. (DLTR), Snowflake, Inc. (SNOW).

Thursday: Broadcom, Inc. (AVGO), Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY), Marvell Technology, Inc. (MRVL), The Kroger Company (KR).

Source: Zacks, February 25, 2022
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WEALTH WATCH: SPECIAL UPDATE: RUSSIA INVADES UKRAINE

Russia has invaded Ukraine and the markets are selling off this morning. Oil is the only thing that is up at this time, which is to be expected. Oil is one of the biggest things that will affect us negatively because gas prices will undoubtedly rise.  We are sitting on a lot of cash and short-term T-Bills, but even...[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. 

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A “Berry” Important Superfood

Not only are blueberries delicious, but they are also a powerful superfood that has many potential health benefits. They are low in calories, can be added to countless dishes, and are the perfect easy snack. Here are some benefits of blueberries, according to Healthline:

  1. They are high in fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese (all important nutrients)

  2. They are high in antioxidants

  3. They may help lower blood pressure, according to one study by PubMed Central

  4. They may help maintain brain function and improve memory based on their antioxidant levels, according to a study by the National Institute of Health

  5. They may reduce muscle damage after exercise and improve inflammation 8

TORTELLINI PASTA IN GARLIC SPINACH TOMATO SAUCE

Servings: 2

Total Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8oz (220g) uncooked tortellini (we used ricotta cheese stuffed tortellini)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced (or 1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable stock
  • Crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • Grated parmesan cheese, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. To make this tortellini pasta in garlic spinach tomato sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and cook onion until fragrant and translucent. Add fresh tomato and season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  2. Add garlic, vegetable stock, and spinach to the skillet and cook on medium, about 2 – 3 minutes until spinach wilts just a little. Remove from heat, cover with a lid, and set aside off heat.
  3. In the meantime, cook tortellini pasta according to package instructions. Drain and rinse.
  4. Add cooked and drained tortellini pasta to the skillet with spinach and tomato sauce. Stir everything together to combine and warm on medium-low heat, adjust seasoning and serve the tortellini pasta in garlic spinach tomato sauce with a good sprinkle of parmesan and a drizzling of olive oil. Enjoy!

Stay safe!

Footnotes and Sources


1. The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2022

2. The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2022

3. The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2022

4. The Wall Street Journal, February 22, 2022

5. The Wall Street Journal, February 24, 2022

6. howardcm.com, February 15, 2022

7. IRS.gov, July 26, 2021

8. Healthline.com, September 30, 2021

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