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  US Stock Markets Ended Jan. 14, 2022
Posted Under: Weekly Market Commentary
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Equities ground down with the S&P 500 returning -0.29% last week. Inflation pressure and worries about how fast the Federal Reserve will tighten weighed on equities. CPI inflation was released at a 7.0% year-over-year rate, while the PPI (producer price index) year-over-year was 9.7%. The inflationary indicators signaled to investors that a rotation out of growth names and into value names aligned with higher costs for many companies. The S&P 500 Value index returned 0.10% last week and 1.20% this month, while the S&P 500 Growth Index returned -0.65% last week and -5.10% this month. This is one of the more pronounced rotations we have seen in the growth/value trade since November 2020 after the COVID vaccine was approved. The unofficial start to earnings season was Friday after a slew of banks reported their quarterly results. JPMorgan, one of the most respected banks on the street, led off with a surprise decrease in net income driven by higher employee compensation. The stock traded down over 6% and set off a warning to the rest of the market. Goldman Sachs, set to report on Tuesday, is paying its top brass with a one-time special payout worth millions to each of the company's roughly 400 executives. Oil crossed $80 a barrel, a level not seen since last October. The oil price recovery pushed energy stocks in the S&P 500 up to over 5% last week, a bright spot in an overall flat market. Looking ahead to next week, a slew of housing numbers are set to be released. Mortgage applications, housing starts, and existing home sales are on the calendar along with jobless claims coming in on Thursday.
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