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Stocks catch a bid, warning signs flash

Stocks catch a bid, warning signs flash

April 05, 2022
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Stocks spent last week digesting the sharp gains of previous weeks as investors assessed a tightening yield curve, the war in Ukraine, and an uncertain outlook for economic growth and inflation.

For March, the S&P 500 increased by 3.58%, the Nasdaq 100 added 4.22%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 2.32%.

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U.S. Stocks Bid Up, Yield Curve Inverts

After negative results in January and February, the S&P 500 found buyers as the end-of-quarter neared. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq have all been clawing back at the declines from January and February.  We’ll see how the positive finish to the quarter trickles over into Q2. 

While U.S. stock indexes were rising in March, bonds were falling. Yields have been on the rise, and there’s been some chatter about the currently inverted yield curve. The yield curve is inverted when US 2-year notes have a higher yield than 10-year notes. 

Commodities High, Inventories Low

Walk out the door and get ready to spend–that’s how it’s felt lately, with the prices of all sorts of goods and services soaring. 

From industrial supplies to food, consumer discretionary items to services, it has been a wild month (and year) for almost all types of pricing. This was evident in the February Consumer Price Index (CPI)  data, which showed inflation rising 7.9%.

Jobs Data Strong, Misses Estimates

Fresh jobs data from April 1st showed 431,000 jobs added in March, slightly below the 490,000 estimate. The unemployment rate declined to 3.6% as corporate America continued its hiring spree–with notable strength in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

This Week:

Key Economic Data

  • Monday: Factory Orders.
  • Tuesday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index. 
  • Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes. 
  • Thursday: Jobless Claims.

Source: Econoday, April 1, 2022
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

Companies Reporting Earnings

Wednesday: Levi Strauss & Co. (LEVI).

Thursday: Conagra Brands (CAG).

Source: Zacks, April 1 2022
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

Ready to invest? Hop on my calendar here.

"Behind every stock is a company, find out what it's doing." 

Peter Lynch

Self-Employed Tax Obligations

There are a few tax considerations to consider when you work for yourself. Generally, you’re required to file and pay estimated taxes every quarter.

Determine if you are subject to tax: Subtract your business expenses from your income. If your expenses are less than your income, the difference is part of your income. If your expenses are more than your income, the difference is a net loss.

Make quarterly payments if you’ve determined you need to make quarterly payments using Form 11040-ES.

Filing annually: If you’re filing annually, you’ll need to use Schedule C to report income or loss. To file your Social Security and Medicare taxes, you should file Schedule SE Form 1040.

Deductions: If you’re using part of your home for business, you may be able to make certain deductions, such as for your office or a portion of your home’s square footage used for business purposes.

* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific, individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.

Tip adapted from IRS.gov7

Restorative Yoga - Long and Easy Stretching

Whether you have been curious about yoga but have never tried it, or if you're a seasoned yogi looking for something new, restorative yoga has something for everyone. This gentle yoga uses props like blocks, blankets, and straps. Stretches and poses are held for a longer time, yielding many benefits.

Here are a few ways that restorative yoga can be beneficial for many people:

  • It can help with neck, low back, hip, and shoulder pain
  • It can help with insomnia
  • All ages widely practice it, and modifications are available
  • It can relax the mind and help with anxiety
  • It may help to cope with serious illnesses and life events
  • It may improve respiratory and circulatory function

Check your local yoga studios or gyms to enroll in a restorative yoga class. If you can’t find one, there are online yoga courses you can try. It might be a stretch worth taking (ask your doctor if yoga might be right for you).

Tip adapted from www.mindbodygreen.com8

What do a shark, a zipper, and a comb all have in common?

Last week’s riddle:  New furniture will be delivered to your office on the day before five days from the day after tomorrow. If today is August 18, when will the furniture arrive?  Answer: August 24.

Lava falls near Kilauea Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

Footnotes and Sources


1. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2022

2. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2022

3. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2022

4. CNBC, March 29, 2022

5. CNBC, March 30, 2022

6. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2022

7. IRS.gov, September 15, 2021

8. Mindbodygreen.com, June 27, 2012

Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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