This Weekly Market Update reviews the top market headlines: Existing Home Sales Rebound in September, Businesses Report Supply Shortages and Rising Costs, U.S. Industrial Production Declines in September

Top Three Market Headlines

Existing Home Sales Rebound in September: The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported last week that existing home sales rose 7% in September from the prior month to nearly 6.3 million units. This was the strongest one-month gain since January and the first time in six months that sales exceeded 6.0 million. After market activity had slowed in the summer due to tight inventories, a modest improvement in the supply of homes for sale in September helped spur additional sales. The strong upward trend in prices continued, as the median price of existing home sales rose 13.3% in September from a year ago to $352,800.

Businesses Report Supply Shortages and Rising Costs: The Federal Reserve last week released the latest edition of its Beige Book, a compilation of anecdotal material about current economic conditions collected from businesses eight times a year by the 12 Federal Reserve Districts. The report noted that respondents’ near-term outlooks for economic activity generally remains positive, highlighting the continued rise in spending by consumers and increased manufacturing activity. However, businesses also reported on-going struggles with supply shortages, transportation bottlenecks, worker retention, and higher costs, with many noting that they had consequently raised their own prices.

U.S. Industrial Production Declines in September: Industrial production in the U.S. fell in September as automotive production delays and the effects of Hurricane Ida hampered manufacturing and mining output. According to the Federal Reserve, industrial production—a measure of manufacturing, mining and utility output—fell 1.3% from the prior month, marking the largest monthly decline since February. The production of motor vehicles and parts fell 7.2% compared to August, weighing heavily on overall manufacturing output, as the global semiconductor shortage continues to create supply-chain issues for the automotive industry.

As of October 25, 2021
Week Quarter-To-Date Year-To-Date One-Year
MSCI All Country World 1.28% 4.67% 16.30% 29.91%
S&P 500 1.66% 5.58% 22.39% 33.55%
Russell 2000 1.14% 3.97% 16.88% 41.95%
MSCI EAFE 0.62% 2.57% 11.13% 27.61%
MSCI Emerging Markets 0.75% 3.24% 1.95% 16.90%
FTSE NAREIT 1.82% 7.37% 32.22%
Bloomberg Commodity -0.93% 2.98% 32.97% 40.59%
Barclays U.S. Aggregate -0.37% -0.54% -2.09% -0.98%

CNBC 10/21/21, WSJ 10/20/21, Bloomberg 10/20/21, NAR 10/21/21, Federal Reserve 10/18/21; Data from Morningstar Direct. Returns for periods greater than one year are annualized. Investment advisory, named and independent fiduciary services are offered through Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Adviser. Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC does not express an investment opinion regarding any specific commodity, sector or individual security. Unless otherwise expressly noted, the contents of this communication do not constitute securities or investment advice, nor should this communication be construed as an opinion regarding the appropriateness of any investment. Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC is a single-member, limited-liability company, with Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. as its single member. Neither Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors, LLC nor their affiliates provide accounting, legal or tax advice. The information provided cannot take into account all the various factors that may affect your particular situation, therefore you should consult your Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors consultant before acting upon any information or recommendation contained herein to discuss the suitability of the information/recommendation for your specific situation.