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Weekly Market Snapshot: February 25th


February 25, 2022

Chief Economist Scott Brown discusses the latest market data.

Tensions in Ukraine dominated. Share prices fell and bonds rallied.

Tensions in Ukraine dominated. Share prices fell, bond yields declined and oil prices popped, but markets reversed direction on news that Russia was willing to come to the negotiating table.

Personal income was flat in January (-2.1% y/y), as the end of the extended child tax credit was partly offset by the 5.9% cost-of-living adjustment in Social Security. Private sector wage and salary income rose 0.5% (+11.2% y/y). Personal spending rose 2.1%, following a 0.8% decline in December (+11.8% y/y). The PCE Price Index, the Fed’s chief inflation gauge, rose 0.6% (+6.1% y/y), up 0.5% (+5.2% y/y) ex-food and energy. Durable goods orders rose 1.6% in January, up 0.7% ex-transportation, with a large upward revision to December.

Next week: The situation in Ukraine will remain key, but it will be an important week for the economic outlook and Fed policy expectations. Chair Powell’s semiannual monetary policy testimony is likely to remain consistent with a 25-bp hike (rather than 50 bps) in mid-March, then another 25-bp hike at every policy meeting (perhaps pausing when the balance sheet reduction starts later this year). ISM surveys for February should show strength. The February Employment Report will be subject to some seasonal distortions, but the underlying trend in nonfarm payrolls should remain strong.


 LastLast WeekYTD return %
S&P 5004,288.704,380.26-10.02%
MSCI EAFExx2,256.56-3.40%
Russell 20001,996.012,028.09-11.10%

Consumer Money Rates

 Last1 year ago
Prime Rate3.253.25
Fed Funds0.070.08
30-year mortgage4.173.14


 Last1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound1.3391.414
Dollars per Euro1.1201.217
Japanese Yen per Dollar115.400105.870
Canadian Dollars per Dollar1.2801.251
Mexican Peso per Dollar20.54720.853


 Last1 year ago
Crude Oil94.7863.22

Bond Rates

 Last1 month ago
2-year treasury1.600.97
10-year treasury1.981.78
10-year municipal (TEY)2.452.05


 Last1 year ago
Crude Oil91.7661.14

Bond Rates

 Last1 month ago
2-year treasury1.470.97
10-year treasury1.961.78
10-year municipal (TEY)2.581.88


Treasury Yield Curve – 2/25/2022

As of close of business 2/24/2022


S&P Sector Performance (YTD) – 2/25/2022

S&P 500 Sector Performance

 As of close of business 2/24/2022

Economic Calendar

February 28 — Chicago Business Barometer (February)
March 1 — ISM Manufacturing Index (February)
March 2 — ADP Payroll Estimate (February)
 — Powell Monetary Policy Testimony (House)
 — Fed Beige Book
March 3 — Jobless Claims (week ending February 26)
 — Powell Monetary Policy Testimony (Senate)
 — ISM Services Index (February)
March 4 — Employment Report (February)
March 10 — Consumer Price Index (February)
March 16 — Retail Sales (February)
 — FOMC Policy Decision
May 4 — FOMC policy decision


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