Weekly Economic Update: September 6th, 2021

Presented by Nicholas Wealth Management

September 6th , 2021

 

Weekly Market Update

In this week’s recap: Stocks mixed as U.S. copes with economic data and Delta variant.

 

The Week on Wall Street

Stocks were mixed last week amid conflicting economic data and continued spread of Delta variant infections.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.24% during the five trading days. But the Standard & Poor’s 500 tacked on 0.58% and the Nasdaq Composite index rose 1.55%. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 1.51%.1,2,3

 

Mixed Market

Investors gravitated toward the high growth technology and communication services sectors, as well as the more defensive sectors, such as utilities and real estate. Reopening stocks were weighed down by Delta variant fears and a retreating consumer, while energy struggled to bounce in the wake of Hurricane Ida shutting down energy production and refining capacity.4

Stocks appeared to shrug off a shaky employment report on Friday, despite the questions it raised about economic growth in the months ahead.

 

Mixed Employment

After initial jobless claims reached a new pandemic low on Thursday, the August employment report on Friday came in below expectations as payrolls expanded by 235,000. Adding to the subdued report was a 4% decline in the number of hours worked by employees. On the positive side, the Friday report showed the unemployment rate fell to 5.2%, while wage growth rose 0.6% from July and increased 4.3% from August 2020.5

The weak employment report may reflect a pause in hiring due to the Delta variant. It could additionally muddy the outlook for the Federal Reserve, which has indicated it may begin

tapering before year-end. The uncertain jobs picture may force the Fed to push its tapering start date into 2022.5

 

Tip of the Week

Start a file in which you can compile your W-2s, assorted 1099s and important receipts reflecting business and health care expenses and charitable gifts.

 

Media

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Gross incompetence from the White House is on display. The out-of-control situation adds geopolitical risk to markets. David Nicholas joined Charles Payne on Fox Business last Monday, 8/30, to discuss how the market is reacting to the volatility. Click the video to watch!

 

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CITATIONS:

1. The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2021

2. The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2021

3. The Wall Street Journal, September 3, 2021

4. ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, September 3, 2021

5. CNBC, September 3, 2021

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