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Friday, May 3, 2024

The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility. Some of the largest moves in the market today include: Nasdaq 100 Index (US) has experienced a move of +1.1%. S&P 500 Index (US) has experienced a move of +0.9%. US Dollar Index has experienced a move of -0.6%. US 10Y Treasury Bond has experienced a move of +0.6%.

U.S. wage growth was below forecasts with average hourly earnings increasing by only 0.2% to $34.75, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 3.9%, indicating potential softness in the labor market despite an addition of 175,000 jobs which fell short of expectations for a more robust increase; these developments could influence Federal Reserve policy decisions on interest rates amid speculation about aggressive cuts if weakness persists. Treasury yields declined as Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s comments (from earlier this week) suggested high-interest rates are cooling demand ahead of this data release.

AI-generated summaries of notable ETF and macro asset moves:

IEF [+0.6%] The movement of the US 10Y Treasury Bond may be influenced by investor expectations of rate reductions due to a report showing missed April U.S. labor market expectations, hinting at potential economic cooling and possible interest rate cuts later this year. The rise in Unemployment Rate and slower Non Farm Payrolls growth adds uncertainty, potentially impacting bond prices as markets react to these unexpected figures. The high correlation between iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF and the US 2Y Treasury Bond suggests short-term rates could influence longer-term bonds within the ETF, reflecting shifts in economic conditions or monetary policy that impact bond yields simultaneously.

VGT [+1.5%] The Vanguard Information Technology ETF experienced volatility due to the US Non Farm Payrolls data showing slower job growth and a rise in unemployment rate. Key contributors like AAPL saw stock surge on strong earnings, dividend increase, and new iPhone AI feature optimism; NVDA gained momentum with advice for investors to monitor developments driving its stock higher. The Nasdaq 100 Index’s positive return may have influenced VGT’s movement given their high correlation level.

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AMGN [+12.5%] Amgen Inc’s stock surged after beating Q1 2024 earnings estimates and raising revenue guidance for FY24. Positive updates on their weight-loss drug pipeline, especially Maritide, instilled confidence despite industry safety concerns. The focus on injectable options like Maritide reflects strategic decisions amidst strong financial performance in Q1 calls. 

MKL [-9.3%] Markel Group Inc reported strong Q1 2024 earnings with increases in total revenue, operating income, net income to shareholders, and share repurchases. The company experienced growth in gross written premiums and net investment gains due to favorable market movements. Management emphasized positive developments in casualty lines pricing for long-term profitability while remaining cautious given past volatility. Discussions on reserve releases and strategic positioning of the Reinsurance business were held despite minimal impact from external events like the Baltimore bridge collapse. 

AAPL [+7.0%] Apple Inc’s stock surged after reporting strong Q2 earnings, increasing dividends and announcing a $110 billion share repurchase. Analysts are optimistic about the new iPhone AI feature despite recent sales challenges. Tim Cook emphasized China’s importance amid fierce competition from Huawei Technologies, easing concerns of weak demand. The company is heavily investing in generative AI technology for future growth potential. 

TTEK [-5.0%] Tetra Tech recently reported strong Q2 results and raised their FY2024 guidance, indicating positive performance and potential growth for the company. This news coincides with a recent market movement showing increased interest in Tetra Tech’s stock. 

XPO [+13.5%] XPO Inc’s stock surged following Q1 earnings report with actual EPS higher than expected. Revenue growth, particularly in North American LTL segment, drove operating income significantly up. Adjusted EPS beat estimates at $0.81, showcasing progress towards becoming a leading LTL service provider through strategic plan “LTL 2.0”. CEO’s positive remarks on performance also contributed to the strong market reaction. 

NET [-11.6%] Cloudflare Inc reported strong Q1 earnings, surpassing expectations with higher EPS and revenues. Despite this positive performance, the stock fell due to underwhelming revenue guidance for future quarters. Investors are monitoring how Cloudflare balances growth initiatives with profitability amid competitive pressures in the tech sector.

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