Week Ending: July 10, 2020
U.S. stock prices were mixed for the week as large companies advanced while smaller sized companies underperformed. Economic sector performance was also mixed with declines in energy, industrials, and real estate offset by gains in the consumer, financials, technology, and communication sectors. Developed foreign stocks in Europe and Asia lagged U.S stocks while Emerging Market stocks outperformed both domestic and developed foreign markets.
U.S. Treasury yields declined this past week (bond prices and yields move in opposite directions). Most notably, long term yields returned to lows last seen in April. Long term government bonds were the best performing segment followed by investment grade corporate bonds. Within short and intermediate bonds, high yield corporate bonds outperformed as investors seek yield. Investment grade corporate bonds are yielding approximately 2.1% and high yield corporate bonds are yielding more than 6%.
Most of the economic data was overshadowed by a resurgence in coronavirus cases across several U.S. states. By the end of the week, the U.S. reported more than 60,000 daily new cases and over 3 million confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic. Analysts have forecasted that S&P 500 revenue will drop 10% and earnings will decline more than 40% for the second quarter. Despite a trend of higher cases in Tokyo, Japan has relaxed its coronavirus-related restrictions allowing up to 5,000 people at large events.