June Market Recap
July 1, 2022
Every successful investor knows the value of practicing patience, but the waiting game is becoming admittedly more difficult to play.
The stock market concluded the first half of 2022 with an appropriately teeth-gritting month. The S&P 500 fell 8.4% in June. The benchmark index’s 20.6% loss year-to-date is the worst 6-month start to a calendar year since 1970. Despite heavy downward pressures in the first two weeks, however, equities did climb higher in the second half of June.
All 11 sectors in the S&P 500 declined compared to a month earlier. In a notable change from recent trends, Energy (-17%) performed worse than any other sector. Materials (-14.1%) were also especially weak. Health Care (-2.8%) and Consumer Staples (-2.9%) proved most resilient.
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The first week of June was relatively uneventful as investors waited for the latest inflation data. There was a building sense of hope that inflation may have peaked in previous months and the Consumer Price Index report on June 10 would confirm as much. Instead, the latest CPI number announced on June 10 caught markets completely off guard, revealing 8.5% annual inflation (compared to 8.3% a month earlier).
Stock prices sold off aggressively. The S&P 500 fell 2.9% on June 10 and 5% total from the previous day’s peak. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 880 points on June 10 and more than 1,500 points total from the previous day’s high. When markets closed on June 10, it ended the most negative week for stocks since January.
Five days later on June 15, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.75%, despite Fed Chair Jerome Powell saying a month earlier that “0.75% rate hikes were not being actively considered.” It was the first time since 1994 the Fed raised rates so significantly in a single hike.
On June 16, the average price for gasoline (nationally) hit $5.11 per gallon, another 10% higher than the price as of May 31. 30-year fixed mortgage rates hit 5.8% that day, their highest level since 2008. As of its intraday low on June 17, the S&P had fallen nearly 25% from its early January peak
Enough with the bad news. The last three times the S&P 500 fell 12% or more in 10 trading days (as it did in June) occurred in March 2020, August 2011, and March 2009. All of those represented significant “bottoms” for US stock prices.
From its June 17 low, the S&P 500 gained 4.1% through June 30. As for the worse-than-expected inflation report, if we strip out the items linked to energy (airfares, moving/freight, rental cars, delivery services, new & used vehicles) Core CPI was +0.36% from a month earlier and only 4% higher year-over-year. If oil prices retreat from their sky-high levels, inflation could slow more quickly than many expect.
It was an interesting month in the bond market. 10-year US Treasury yields climbed as high as 3.48% on June 14, the highest in 11 years. Since then, however, bond prices rallied and yields decreased. By month’s end, 10-year yields had fallen all the way to 2.97%, suggesting a lack of faith in the Fed’s commitment to raising interest rates as the economy inevitably weakens.
International equities performed marginally better than US stocks last month. Non-US Developed Markets lost 6.6% in June. Emerging Market equities held up a bit better, declining 4.3%.
Although crude oil prices remain elevated, they did pull back roughly 13% in the final three weeks of June. Other commodity prices have also weakened considerably. Copper fell almost 20% in the second quarter (April through June). Lumber prices are down more than 30% over the same period.
On one hand, lower commodity prices reflect some economic weakness. On the other, less expensive material costs are a benefit in the fight against inflation.
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