Weekly Market Summary: Stocks Attempt Recovery as Volatility Persists

Weekly Market Summary: Stocks Attempt Recovery as Volatility Persists

The ongoing trade dispute with China frightened U.S. investors again on Monday, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average down 617 points. However, markets were able to claw back those losses over the next three trading sessions.

While no resolution has been made between the two superpowers, the war of words has since quieted down. In addition, investors cheered solid earnings reports from blue-chips, like Cisco Systems (CSCO) and Wal-Mart (WMT).

Calculating the Tariff Cost

Still, President Trump has vowed to consider tariffs on another $300 billion of Chinese goods next month, if the two countries don’t agree to a truce by the G20 Summit in Japan. Deutsche Bank said this week there’s a 60% chance of the dispute reaching that level and Barclays believes there’s 10% downside potential for the markets, if the trade war escalates. As a result, we’re likely not out of the woods yet.

The tariffs being slung back and forth across the Pacific Ocean challenge each company differently, but there are other ways the trade conflict is affecting investors. For one, the U.S. yield curve inverted again this week; with the rate of 3-month treasury bills falling below that of 10-year notes.

The perception of slower global growth has also caused Fed funds futures to now price in a 51% chance the FOMC will lower interest rates at the September meeting, up from a probability of just 22% a month ago.

Retail Earnings on Deck

While the first-quarter earnings season is behind us, many retailers report on a different schedule and highlight the reporting calendar next week. Investors will certainly be keeping an ear out to see how these companies say they’re being affected by the tariff battle with China, given the amount of consumer goods imported by the U.S.

U.S. markets survived a double dose of dangerous headlines this week, in the form of China tariffs and an inverted yield curve.

Even though stocks recovered from Monday’s steep losses, volatility levels remain high. In fact, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) has regularly moved 10% (or more) daily, since the beginning of May.

While some investors believe the Fed will serve as a backstop and can lower interest rates in a pinch, this kind of news is especially troubling if you’re retired or planning on retiring soon. Rather than being concerned with trade concerns halfway around the globe, all you really care about is protecting your hard-earned nest egg and generating enough income to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.

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