They often say that March can come in like a lion, and leave a lamb. What we had in March of this year, is that March came in like a lamb. But will it leave like a lion?
And we are not talking about weather, with the blizzard this month.
Coming into March we had record highs seemingly every day of the week.
Since then, the market has struggled, and on Friday the Dow closed lower by 59, for a 7 day losing streak, the longest losing streak since September 2016.
Clearly the markets—which once priced in Lower corporate taxes, less regulation, and infrastructure spending—is now taking back some of those gains, as it appears that getting bills through congress will be more than challenging.
Last week, all four of the indexes we discuss in these market updates saw their performance stumble. The S&P 500 lost 1.44%, the Dow was down 1.52%, the NASDAQ gave back 1.22%, and the MSCI EAFE declined 0.07%.1
On Tuesday, March 21, the S&P 500 and Dow recorded 1% declines for the first time since Oct. 11th, 2016.2 By Friday, the S&P had posted its worst week since the election.3 At the same time, 10-year Treasury yields fell and the dollar dropped for the second straight week.4
As is typically the case, no simple answer can easily explain market behavior. Last week’s healthcare headlines—and the House of Representatives’ decision not to vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017—may have caught the attention of many people on Wall Street.5 As a result, pundits will likely spend significant time debating what lies ahead for health care, tax reform, and other governmental policies. We again encourage you to look at the economic fundamentals rather than allowing news coverage to determine your financial confidence.
We did not receive a tremendous amount of new data between March 20 and 24, but three new reports did stand out: Durable Goods, New Single-Family Home Sales, and Existing Home Sales.
- Durable goods orders increased 1.7%.
- Orders for durable goods (items expected to last) beat expectations in February and are up 5% since this time last year.6 While commercial aircraft orders accounted for a significant portion of the increase, data throughout the report may indicate that business investment and confidence is on the rise.7
- New single-family home sales increased 6.1%.
- In February, sales of new single-family homes hit their second-fastest growth since 2008.8 Even as home prices and mortgage rates rise, demand for new homes has grown by 12.8% in the past 12 months.9
- Existing home sales dropped 3.7%.
- Coming off of January, where we saw the fastest pace of existing home sales since 2007, the report missed expectations in February.10 Low inventory of available houses is pushing prices higher and may be keeping some potential buyers from moving forward.11 In the past year, median prices have risen 7.7%; meanwhile, sales are 5.4% higher.12
This week, we will receive the Q4 GDP final reading, as well as insight into personal income, consumer sentiment, and consumer confidence. This and other forthcoming data provides the foundation necessary for clearly understanding the economic environment.
We understand how compelling the news and political conversations can be, and there is no denying that policies can affect the economy. However, we are here to help you gain the perspectives you need to know where you stand in your unique financial life—rather than what the headlines may urge you to believe.
I was recently quoted in an article from TheStreet.com
INVESTING RISK DISCLOSURE
Keep in mind that investing involves risk. The value of your investment will fluctuate over time and you may gain or lose money. Before investing, consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact Mahoney Asset Management for a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Read it carefully.
IMPORTANT CONSUMER INFORMATION
This web site has been prepared solely for informational purposes. It is not an offer to buy or sell any security; nor is it a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any security.This site and the opinions and information therein are based on sources which we believe to be dependable, but we can not guarantee the accuracy of such information.
Representatives of a broker-dealer or investment adviser may only conduct business in a state if the representatives and the broker-dealer or investment adviser they represent: (a) satisfy the qualification requirements of, and are approved to do business by, the state; or (b) are excluded or exempted from the state’s licenser requirements.
An investor may obtain information concerning a broker-dealer, an investment advisor, or a representative of a broker-dealer or an investment advisor, including their licenser status and disciplinary history, by contacting the investor’s state securities law administrator.
SECURITIES: ARE NOT FDIC-INSURED/ARE NOT BANK-GUARANTEED/MAY LOSE VALUE
This information is intended for use only by residents of CA, CT, DC, FL,, MA, MD, MN, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, and VA. Securities-related services may not be provided to individuals residing in any state not listed above.
The financial calculator results shown represent analysis and estimates based on the assumptions you have provided, but they do not reflect all relevant elements of your personal situation. The actual effects of your financial decisions may vary significantly from these estimates–so these estimates should not be regarded as predictions, advice, or recommendations. Mahoney Asset Managment does not provide legal or tax advice. Be sure to consult with your own tax and legal advisors before taking any action that would have tax consequences.