Weekly Snapshot August 13th, 2021

Market Review: Week Ending 8/13/2021

The U.S. equity markets were mixed for the week. Leading the markets forward was the +0.94% return of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). The S&P500 Index (SP500) also advanced +0.75%. However, both the NASDAQ Composite (NASDAQ) and the Russell 2000 Index (R2000) declined -0.07% and -1.06%.1 S&P 500 sector outperformers were Materials +2.68%, Consumer Staples +2.08%, and Financials +1.88% while sector underperformers were Energy -0.81%, Consumer Discretionary +0.04%, and Technology +0.07%. For the year, Energy, Financials, and Real Estate led the markets higher while Consumer Discretionary, Utilities, and Consumer Staples trailed.2 On a style basis, The Russell 1000 Value Index (+1.15%) beat the Russell 1000 Growth Index (+0.18%) and continued to build on its relative outperformance for the year.3

Inflation and consumer confidence were the two major economic reports for the week. Following June’s strong numbers, July’s Consumer Price Index increased 5.4% (annually). Although high, July’s index was a lower number than June’s significant rise supporting the general belief that inflation is transitory. However, the Producer Price Index jumped by 1.0% beating consensus and raising some concerns that inflation was in the system and building.4 Given the spread of the Delta variant, increased consumer anxieties were reflected in the University of Michigan consumer confidence survey which recorded a sharp decline from the previous month (81.2 to 70.2) – its lowest level since December 2011.5

Various economic reports on the health and direction of the economy:

  • Retail Sales – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Housing Starts – U.S. Census Bureau
  • Weekly Unemployment Claims – U.S. Department of Labor


  • Walt Disney Company (DIS – held in Fundamentum GIE) traded higher as reported Q3 results beat across the board. Revenues came in at $17.0B vs consensus of $16.8B while earnings were $0.79 per share versus$0.26. In addition, both Free Cash Flow and subscriber growth came in above expectations. The attendance recovery at Disney’s theme parks and strong streaming numbers is encouraging, though the coronavirus remains a potential threat to consumers going to both the parks and movie theaters.6

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Fundamentum Investment Committee
John Nichol, CFA® – Chief Investment Officer
Trevor Forbes – Investment Committee
Robert Armagno – Investment Committee


1 JPMorgan Weekly Market Recap – 8/16/2021
2 FactSet – 8/13/2021
3 JPMorgan Weekly Market Recap – 8/16/2021
4 Edward Jones Weekly Market Wrap – 8/13/2021
5 John Hancock Weekly Market Recap – 8/13/2021
6 FactSet – 8/13/2021

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