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Weekly Market Report: Dubious Allocations

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Included in this weekly market report:

  • Dubious strategic allocations.
  • An inside stock market week.
  • Reflexivity resumption?
  • Is a carry trade implosion coming?

Weekly Summary (April 22–April 26, 2024)


  • Stocks rebounded after better-than-expected earnings.
  • Bond yields rose due to data showing persistent inflation.
  • Precious metals fell, but crude oil rose on supply concerns.
  • The US dollar index ended the week unchanged.

Despite a selloff in precious metals due to gains in energy and grains, the DBC ETF rebounded (+0.9%). Gold (GLD) fell 2% due to profit-taking after the recent rally. For the week, the U.S. dollar index (UUP) was unchanged. Gold (GLD) has outperformed the SPY ETF since 2022 by a wide margin, with a return of 26.7% versus 10.7%, respectively.

Large-cap stocks (SPY) rebounded 2.6% due to better-than-expected earnings from the technology sector. Tech stocks (QQQ) gained 3.9%. Small caps (IWM) were up 2.7% but are down 15.3% from their all-time highs. High beta large caps (SPHB) surged 4% due to risk-on. The low-volatility large caps (SPLV) were up 0.5%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) ended the week up only 0.7%, primarily due to large losses in IBM (-8%) and INTC (-6.8%).

For the week, the magnificent 7 equal-weight index gained 5.8%.


NVDA surged 15.1%, and it is up 77.2% year-to-date. Only META dropped 7.9%. GOOGL jumped 11.6% to new all-time highs after the earnings release. With a large number of mega-caps, the odds of the stock market finding support because one of them outperforms are always high. This dynamic will remain in place until there is a severe deterioration in the fundamentals or an unexpected tail-risk event.

The TLT ETF trimmed weekly losses to 1% due to a rebound on Friday following the release of economic data, which showed no surprises on the inflation front. Since January 3, 2022, the TLT ETF has been down 36.3%, while large-caps (SPY) have gained 10.7%.

The technology sector (XLK) gained the most, by 3.8%. Year-to-date, the energy sector (XLE) is up the most, by 15.1%.


The real estate sector (XLRE) is down the most year-to-date, by 8.4%.

Two weeks ago, the stock market sold broadly, but gains in a few large-cap stocks prevented an accelerated decline. Last week, a sell-off in magnificent 7 stocks caused the broad market sell-off to accelerate, and the probability of a bear market to increase. This week, better earnings and a surge in magnificent 7 stocks raised the odds again for a resumption of the uptrend. Volatility will remain elevated amid rising economic and geopolitical risks.

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