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Thursday, April 25, 2024

The overall market is currently experiencing high macro volatility. Some of the largest moves in the market today include: The Nasdaq down 1.5%. US 10Y Treasury Bond has experienced a move of -0.4%. US 2Y Treasury Bond has experienced a move of -0.1%. Gold has experienced a move of +0.6%.

The US economy grew at a slower pace of 1.6% in Q1, below expectations and marking the second consecutive quarter of deceleration, with consumer spending being one key driver behind this growth. Meanwhile, jobless claims unexpectedly fell to their lowest level in over two months at 207,000 against forecasts of 214,000. The trade deficit widened to $91.83 billion due to declines in both imports and exports across various sectors including automotive vehicles and industrial supplies—the largest gap seen in nearly a year.

Investors are closely monitoring these economic indicators alongside the upcoming March’s Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index (PCE) for insights into potential Federal Reserve policy changes. 

Additionally, global markets remain attentive to political events such as India’s general election which could impact currency volatility especially concerning the Indian Rupee; central bank meetings also loom large on investors’ radar with particular focus on Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda’s upcoming remarks post-policy meeting that may signal policy shifts potentially affecting international investment flows and the JPY.

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

QQQ [-1.5%] Invesco QQQ Trust Series I was impacted by U.S. economic data, with GDP growth below estimates and jobless claims lower than expected. The ETF’s top contributors like Meta Platforms Inc. saw negative stock impact from AI chatbots investment, while Microsoft Corp underperformed due to market events such as Rubrik’s IPO affecting investor sentiment.

XLC [-5.0%] The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund decreased significantly. The top contributors to the ETF’s decline were META, GOOGL, and GOOG due to various factors impacting their performance. Market correlation with the S&P 500 Index suggests sector-specific influences beyond general market trends.

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META [-15.4%] Meta Platforms Inc reported strong Q1 earnings with higher EPS and revenues, surpassing expectations. Despite concerns about increased expenses on AI initiatives impacting investor confidence, Mark Zuckerberg highlighted potential revenue streams from generative AI tools post-earnings call. The stock dropped significantly due to lower-than-expected Q2 revenue guidance but there is optimistic comments about long-term growth prospects through advanced models like Llama 3. 

IBM [-9.2%] IBM’s stock declined significantly after reporting Q1 earnings with higher EPS but lower revenues. The company also announced the acquisition of HashiCorp for $6.4 billion to enhance hybrid cloud capabilities amidst strategic shifts towards high-margin areas like software services, facing challenges from economic uncertainties impacting consulting demand and enterprise budgets tightening efforts leading IBM shares lower post-earnings call signaling concerns among investors about future prospects.

MLM [+5.0%] Martin Marietta Materials Inc is set to announce Q1 2024 earnings with a lower EPS estimate than the previous quarter. Revenue estimates also decreased. The company appears to be outperforming sector peers and leading in sector strength recently, coinciding with this information. 

LUV [-7.5%] Southwest Airlines Co reported Q1 earnings below expectations, with a wider loss per share and lower revenues. The company is implementing cost-cutting measures to address challenges from Boeing’s delayed aircraft deliveries in 2024-25. Social media buzz highlighted the stock decline after the disappointing financial results were announced along with operational adjustments and reduced hiring efforts due to incurred losses.

CAT [-4.8%] Caterpillar Inc reported Q1 earnings with higher EPS but lower revenues than expected, leading to a decline in share price. Weak economic conditions in Europe and Asia-Pacific regions may have contributed to market concerns impacting stock performance negatively. The company also noted challenges such as negative dealer statistics affecting machine sales in North America by -1%.

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