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1/16/24 Weekly Market Commentary

1/16/24 Weekly Market Commentary

January 16, 2024

What happened last week…         

Stocks rebounded with the performance of the three major indices as follows: DJIA (0.34%), S&P 500 (1.84%), NASDAQ (3.09%). Year-to-date, the S&P 500 has gained 0.29%.


Congress is again faced with the possibility of a government shutdown if, at the very least, a short-term funding bill is not passed before funding for some federal agencies runs out on January 19 while others expire on February 2. Previously, a short-term bill was passed in November to avoid a shutdown. Congressional leaders announced a $1.66 trillion spending deal that includes $886 billion for defense and $772 billion for non-defense spending, but the appropriations bills still need to be agreed upon.


Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) will acquire for $2 billion in cash Ambrx Biopharma (AMAM), a “a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a proprietary synthetic biology technology platform to design and develop next-generation antibody drug conjugates.” The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2024.


The inflation rate year-over-year for December landed higher than expectations (3.2%) as it increased to 3.4% from 3.1%, which was the highest reading since September (3.7%) but still far below the peak rate of 9.1% that was reported in June 2022. Meanwhile, the core inflation rate year-over-year for December also landed higher than expectations (3.8%) but decreased to 3.9% from 4.0%. It is the lowest reading since May 2021 (3.8%).


According to FactSet, as of January 12, 6% of S&P 500 companies have reported earnings with 76% having a positive EPS surprise and 55% having a positive revenue surprise. The blendedearnings decline for the S&P 500 is -0.1%, which would be the fourth time in the past five quarters the index reported a year-over-year decline. The blended revenue for the index is 2.8%, which would be the 12th straight quarter of growth. As of January 5, for Q4 2023, the estimated earnings growth rate for the S&P 500 was 1.3%. Meanwhile, the estimated revenue growth for the S&P 500 was 3.1%. For the prior quarter of Q3 2023, the S&P 500 saw earnings growth of 4.9% and revenue growth of 2.4%.


The following companies reported earnings last week: JPM, UNH. 


Happening this week…

On Friday, existing home sales for December are expected to remain at 3.82 million, which was the first monthly increase since May.

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- The Rockline Team

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