The end of the quarter could create instability in the markets in the coming week


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.


The shares could be affected by trading at the end of the quarter next week, as pension funds and other large investors buy bonds and sell shares to rebalance their portfolios.

A dramatic increase in bond yields is set for this quarter fund managers to redirect their shares, to make up for the bond shortfall.

The focus next week could be on the overall economy, a March employment report is expected on Friday, and the White House’s infrastructure plans are due to be presented on Wednesday. There are also ISM production data released on Thursday.

The report on business in March is scheduled for the morning when the stock exchange is closed for the holiday of Good Friday, but the bonds will trade for half a day, ending at noon. Economists expect 630,000 jobs were added in March, and the unemployment rate fell to 6% from 6.2%, according to Dow Jones.

President Joe Biden is expected to reveal the details of his $ 3 trillion to $ 4 trillion infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, but strategists say it’s too early to say what form the plan could have taken or how much it will be in final form.

Stocks were higher last week, while Treasury yields were less volatile. The closely monitored ten-year year was 1.67% on Friday, down 1.75% from the previous week. Yields are moving against the price, and strategists expect rates to continue to slide next week as investors rebalance their stakes.

“It’s the last week of the quarter, so there could be a lot of noise about it,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment strategist at Bleakley Advisory Group. “Obviously we’re going to keep an eye on the bonds. It seems like 10 years now ranges from 1.60% to 1.70%. I think people are just trying to find their foothold here. They’re trying to figure it out.”

Some strategists say the trade could end at the end of the quarter in the end positive for actions, especially large cap technology, because rates have temporarily stopped rising.

Inventories are higher so far for this quarter. The S&P 500 has risen 1.6% in the week and 5.8% in the quarter to date. The Dow has risen 1.4% in the week and has so far recorded growth of 8% in the first quarter. The Nasdaq fell behind, falling 0.6% for the week and up 1.9% for the quarter.

The bonds made a much more dramatic move this quarter with a reference ten-year yield that rose 0.93% at the end of last year.

“It’s currently in the driver’s seat,” said Blake Gwinn of NatWest about the 10-year yield. The ten-year yield is most often monitored because it affects mortgages and other key financing rates.

Gwinn, head of the U.S. rate strategy, said he had changed his view of the tenth anniversary and now expects yields to reach 2% by 1.75% by the end of the year. But in the near future, he said, yields could continue to fall as large assets buy Treasurys. Japanese investors are also expected to be active buyers around the end of the year, which is Wednesday.

“If anything else, we hope it continues to push yields a little lower, so it gives us a better place to re-engage in shorts,” he said.

Infrastructure plan

Gwinn said he is focused on Biden’s infrastructure plan and does not believe it has a price in the market yet. The $ 1.9 trillion fiscal plan, just signed by the president, was one of the drivers of bond yields, as investors weighed in on the expected jump in economic activity and the higher level of debt it would bring.

“Biden’s plan for me is currently the biggest risk for the treasury market. I don’t have what Biden’s overall plan is going on this year according to my … forecast,” he said. “If we suddenly start moving fast towards that, and that starts to come together in Q2, I’m going to have to reconsider my 2% target.”

Gwinn said the market has “fiscal fatigue”.

“There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty about how it will be brought, when it will be brought and whether it will be brought … It is not tangible enough,” he said.

The plan is expected to last for several years, and Democrats will ask for a tax increase to pay it.


Rotation in cyclical and value inventories is expected to continue in the next quarter. In the first quarter, energy and finance performed the best so far, by about 33% and 16.5%, respectively. Technology rose 1.7%, but was better than utilities and consumer products.

“I think certain parts of the market can be reversed, but part of that can come at the expense of growth stocks,” said Dan Suzuki, deputy director of technical service at Richard Bernstein Advisors. It also expects growth stocks to continue to react negatively to rising interest rates and positively when they fall. That trade has been somewhat fragmented in recent weeks.

“He won’t answer one for one with every whimper,” he said. “I think the basis behind that is real. If you think rates will reach up to 2% by the end of the year, that’s really bad for expensive high-growth names. Markets care less about absolute levels and more about direction. The higher.” rates go up, it’s up for multiple stocks. “

Suzuki said the growth rate is pushing some of the foam off the market. Shares of special purpose vehicles, or SPACs, jumped in the first days of trading in February, averaging more than 5% profit, and did not record a gain in March, according to data from a professor of finance at the University of Florida.

“As we see the economy getting better and better at an incredibly fast pace, especially when you add the stimulus, you have companies that will benefit the most from that acceleration, which will increase 2X, 3X plus,” he said. “Their merits were that high stocks of multiple growth last year were so resilient … Growth in technology earnings comes in the middle of teens next year, but again, the more cyclical parts of the economy – energy, materials, industry, small caps, will achieve much stronger growth this year earnings as a result of recovery.

Calendar in advance


Earnings: Vaxcyte, Cal-Maine food


Earnings: Lululemon Athletica, Chewy, McCormick, BioNtech, FactSet, Blackberry, PVH

9:00 S & P / Case-Shiller house prices

9:00 FHFA house prices

10:00 Consumer confidence

12:00 p.m., Fed Atlanta President Raphael Bostic

2.30pm Fed New York President John Williams


Earnings: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Micron, Dave & Buster’s, guess what

8:15 ADP recruitment

9:45 PM PMI in Chicago

10:00 a.m. The house is for sale

10:45 Bostic Atlante Fed


Earnings: CarMax

8:30 Initial unemployment applications

9:45 am Production of PMI

10:00 ISM Production

10:00 a.m. Construction costs

13:00 Fed Philadelphia President Patrick Harker


Good Friday break

Stock market closed

8:30 Employment Report


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