February 2024 Market Update

In this February Market Update, Brian Andrew, CFA®, Chief Investment Officer, reviews this month’s market trends and the implications for the upcoming month.

Key Takeaways:

  • Stock market continued its upward trajectory, with gains of 6-7% in February.
  • Bond yields increased, with the 10-year Treasury yield rising from 3.85% to 4.25%.
  • Momentum stocks continued to perform well, fueled by steady price rises and investor interest.
  • Majority of companies surpassed earnings expectations for Q4 2023, maintaining estimates for 2024 earnings growth above 10%.
  • Labor market showed signs of weakness, with increased layoffs and rising unemployment claims in some sectors, signaling potential challenges for economic growth.
  • Geopolitical concerns contribute to a backdrop of better earnings but potential slower economic growth, prompting a reduction in portfolio risk.

We hope you find this video educational and informative. If you have any questions, please contact your Merit Financial Advisor. 

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