Weekly Market Commentary

Orders from Boeing Almost Completely Disappeared for a Month

Posted on March 12, 2024

The Major Markets closed the week mixed with the weekly returns stair-stepping higher with each subsequent index. 

The inconsistency in returns was also apparent in the style boxes. Generally, Value appeared to do better than Growth, yet the Mid-Cap segment outperformed both Large and Small Capitalizations.   

Orders from Boeing Almost Completely Disappeared for a Month

The week was marked by a number of noteworthy economic reports.

Tuesday held the first economic release with misses in Factory Orders and the ISM Services results. Factory Orders dropped 3.6 percent in January with Boeing serving as a significant factor in the results. Nondefense or Commercial aircraft orders collapsed 58.9 percent in January. After Boeing made headlines in January following a blowout of an emergency door on a Boeing 737 Max, orders from the manufacturer almost completely disappeared for the month. 

Publicity around Boeing further soured when it was reported that there had been a spike in the filtering of specific aircraft models on the travel site Kayak which allows travelers to include or exclude specific models of aircraft.

ISM Services news also missed expectations with a headline reading of 52.6 percent, compared to the 53.0 percent expected and the 53.4 percent from the prior month.


Major Markets

YTD as of 03/08/2024  
  Dow Jones Industrial  
  S&P 500  
  MSCI World  
  Russell 2000  
  Bar US Agg Bnd  

S&P Sectors

  YTD as of 03/08/2024
  Comm. Services  
  Cons. Discretionary  
  Cons. Staples  
  Health Care  
  Info. Technology  
  Real Estate  
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These reports weighed on the minds of investors as Tuesday experienced the largest drop for the week. As the week wore on, the S&P 500 managed to generate gains midweek. Thursday was punctuated by the testimony of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in front of Congress. In his comments, Powell said:

“We believe that our policy rate is likely at its peak for this tightening cycle. If the economy evolves broadly as expected, it will likely be appropriate to begin dialing back policy restraint at some point this year. But the economic outlook is uncertain, and ongoing progress toward our two percent inflation objective is not assured. Reducing policy restraint too soon or too much could result in a reversal of progress we have seen in inflation and ultimately require even tighter policy to get inflation back to two percent.”

This reserved prognosis of interest rates did little to stimulate the market more than the prior economic and earnings results from the week. Nonetheless, interest rates fell largely across the yield curve with 12 basis points being shed in the 7-year duration.




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