This Week on Wall Street - Week of September 18th

We enter the week with small moves across asset classes. These types of moves on lower-than-average volume will likely be the theme until the key Fed decision on Wednesday.

Market Commentary

We enter the week with small moves across asset classes. These types of moves on lower-than-average volume will likely be the theme until the key Fed decision on Wednesday. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark is pushing toward $95 a barrel given the outlook for tighter supply. Saudi Arabia and Russia extended cuts this month. Looking at the technicals of the S&P 500, bulls are watching 4,430 as a level of support after Friday's sell-off erased all of the gains for the week. We've been in a volatile narrow trading range for nearly all of September.

Newton scores are still weak. Interestingly, value is edging out growth. Large caps hold a slight advantage over their smaller capitalization counterparts. The short end of the Treasury curve looks relatively more attractive as interest rates climb higher. Health Care and Materials are the highest-graded sectors while Industrials lag the most.

On the economic front: Earlier this morning investors learned that homebuilder sentiment fell to a 5-month low as higher rates are pushing many prospective buyers out of the market. Later in the week, we will get more data on the housing front with housing starts and existing home sales.

The biggest news flow this week in the US is the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision on Wednesday. It is consensus that the Fed will keep rates steady at 5.25%-5.5%. The key thing to analyze will be the Fed's economic forecast, aka the Summary of Economic Projections (SEP). The Fed has been clear as of late that they intended to keep rates high to continue to push inflation down to target. Last meeting, only 6 out of 18 officials thought the central bank was finished hiking.

Economic Releases This Week

Monday: Homebuilder confidence index

Tuesday: Housing Starts, Building Permits

Wednesday: Fed Interest Rate Decision

Thursday: Initial & Continuing Jobless Claims, US Leading Economic Indicators, US Current Account Deficit, Existing Home Sales

Friday: Flash US Services & Manufacturing PMIs, Minneapolis Fed President Speaks, San Francisco Fed President Speaks, Fed Gov. Lisa Cook Speaks

Stories to Start Your Week

UAW president Shawn Fain said yesterday that the union rejected an offer from one of the Big Three automakers for a 21% wage increase.

Instacart, the popular online grocer, is set to go public this week at a valuation as high as $ 10 billion. That number is way down from VC deals made at Covid's peak.

The restart of student loan payments could divert up to $100 billion from American's pockets over the coming year.

5 prisoners sought by the US in a swap with Iran have been freed and arrived in Qatar.

Search is underway for an F-35 Jet Fighter that went missing in South Carolina.


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