Market Drama

Featuring Zoe CEO & Founder, Andres Garcia-Amaya, CFA

February 12, 2024 
Watch Time: 3 minutes

Welcome to this week’s Market Drama!

Stock Market Updates:

  • The S&P 500 was up 1.4% for the week.
    • Up 5.4% for the year.
    • Crossed index level of 5000. 
  • We have come a very long way – The S&P 500 is now up 40.5% from its October 12, 2022 low.
  • What is driving the markets?
    • Economy did not see a recession despite various interest rate hikes.
    • Inflation is coming down, giving indication that the Federal Reserve might start lowering interest rates.
    • Earnings are the long term driver of stocks. This earnings season:
      • 67% of companies have already reported for the S&P 500 and 75% of these companies have beat their earnings per share estimates. 
      • Second consecutive quarter that if this trend continues, we’ve seen positive earnings growth. 

Coming up next week:

  • January CPI numbers.
  • Retail sales.   

Stay tuned for next week.

– Andres

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