Stocks Lackluster Despite Positive Outlook
September 20, 2021
Stocks weakened ahead of this week’s Federal Reserve meeting and amid persistent concerns about the Delta variant’s impact on the economy.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average was flat (-0.07%), while the Standard & Poor’s 500 fell 0.57%. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 0.47% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, dropped 0.65%. 1
Despite a string of economic reports painting a healthy picture of the U.S. economy, investor sentiment remained cautious. While tamer inflation and higher-than-expected retail sales may typically be constructive for the market, any investor enthusiasm it generated was fleeting.
The market appeared all week to be encumbered by a tentative, apprehensive mood. The Delta variant remained an overhang, but it was more than that. Investors appeared concerned about September, which historically has been a weak month for stock prices. The market also was concerned about fiscal and tax policy proposals emanating from Washington D.C., news of an economic slowdown in China, and by what the Fed may announce following its September 21-22 Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
Taking the Economic Pulse
A series of economic reports released last week provided investors with a broad snapshot of the state of the economic recovery.
Inflation showed signs of moderating, rising 0.3%—an elevated rate, but well below June and July’s increases of 0.9% and 0.5%, respectively. The consumer remained strong as retail sales rose 0.7%, an unexpected jump. Manufacturing reached pre-pandemic, while the labor market continued its recovery, with initial jobless claims coming in near pandemic lows and continuing claims hitting a new pandemic low.2,3,4,5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Housing Starts.
Wednesday: Existing Home Sales. FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Announcement.
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Index of Leading Economic Indicators. PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) Composite Flash.
Friday: New Home Sales.
Source: Econoday, September 17, 2021
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: Adobe, Inc. (ADBE), Fedex Corporation (FDX), Autozone, Inc. (AZO).
Wednesday: General Mills (GIS).
Thursday: Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST), Darden Restaurants, Inc. (DRI), Trip.com Group (TCOM).
Source: Zacks, September 17, 2021
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MARKETS FIND THEIR FEET AFTER SEVERAL DAYS OF PULLBACK; HCM-BUYLINE® REMAINS POSITIVE
The HCM-BuyLine® is positive, so the trend is still very much intact. The market as whole is…let’s just say tired. There is not a lot of upward momentum, and some of that is due to the massive tax increase that is being batted around congress. 6
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4 Potential Health Benefits of Coffee
- Coffee may help you live longer: Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death, including coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease.
- Your liver may thank you: Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don't drink coffee.
- You may decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease: The caffeine in two cups of coffee may protect against developing the condition. Researchers found that women aged 65 and older who drank two to three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop dementia in general.
- Your body may process glucose better: Studies found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. 8
Total Time: 40 Minutes
- 2 large eggplant, sliced 1 inch thick
- 24 oz. jar tomato sauce
- 20 slices provolone cheese, mozzarella works too
- 3-4 oz. fresh cherry tomatoes, sliced
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
- Pepper flakes, optional
- Preheat your oven to 425 F.
- In two baking trays arrange the sliced eggplants. Sprinkle the Himalayan salt and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the bake eggplant from the oven and turn your broiler on.
- Spread 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce over each eggplant round followed by one slice of provolone.
- Arrange some fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes over the cheese and broil for 3-5 minutes.9
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, September 17, 2021
2. CNBC, September 14, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2021
4. MarketWatch, September 16, 2021
5. The Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2021
6. Howardcm.com, September 16, 2021
7. IRS.gov, 2021
8. Hopkinsmedicine.org, 2021
9. eatgood4life.com, August 31, 2014
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