Daily Sector Wrap
|Updated: 15-Oct-21 16:21 ET|
|S&P 500 boosted by retail sales data, earnings, technical factors|
The S&P 500 gained 0.8% on Friday, supported by an upside surprise in the retail sales report for September, better-than-expected earnings news, and improving technical factors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.1%, while the Nasdaq Composite increased just 0.5% and the Russell 2000 fell 0.4%.
Briefly, total retail sales in September were up 0.7% m/m (Briefing.com consensus -0.3%), reflecting resilient consumer demand amid higher prices. Amazon.com (AMZN 3409.02, +109.16, +3.3%) took the news in stride, carrying the S&P 500 consumer discretionary sector (+1.8%) to a first-place finish.
The financials sector (+1.5%) was next in line amid higher Treasury yields and earnings-driven gains in Goldman Sachs (GS 406.07, +14.87, +3.8%) and Charles Schwab (SCHW 80.90, +2.79, +3.6%). The industrials sector (+1.0%) benefited from J.B. Hunt Transport's (JBHT 190.55, +15.31, +8.7%) better-than-expected earnings report.
Conversely, the counter-cyclical consumer staples (-0.2%), utilities (-0.2%), and communication services (-0.1%) sectors finished in negative territory. The latter was pressured by Facebook (FB 324.76, -3.77, -1.2%), which was added to the Tactical Underperform List at Evercore ISI.
Notably, the 10-yr yield rose six basis points to 1.58%, but that didn't upset the growth stocks too much presumably because it remained below recent highs. The Russell 1000 Growth Index (+0.8%) outpaced the Russell 1000 Value Index (+0.6%) in percentage terms.
On the technical side, the S&P 500 increased its distance above its 50-day moving average (4437) after closing above the key technical level yesterday. This positive price action was likely viewed as a good indicator among traders.
In vaccine news, an FDA advisory committee unanimously recommended Johnson & Johnson's (JNJ 161.30, +1.19, +0.7%) booster COVID-19 shot for people 18 and older. The FDA, however, is reportedly delaying a decision on Moderna's (MRNA 324.21, -7.67, -2.3%) vaccine for the 12-17 age group to review the risks of a rare heart condition.
The 2-yr yield rose five basis points to 0.40%. The U.S. Dollar Index finished little changed at 93.94. WTI crude futures rose 1.2%, or $0.98, to $82.26/bbl.
Reviewing Friday's economic data, which featured the Retail Sales report for September:
Looking ahead, investors will receive Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization for September, the NAHB Housing Market Index for October, and Net Long-Term TIC Flows for August on Monday.