U.S. Equities: Surprising Strength Gives Way to Macro Risks

October 12, 2023 | Catherine Hillier, Research Analyst

Equity market strength through the third quarter continues to challenge the common expectation going into the year. Cumulatively through September 30, the slowdown many investors anticipated has been averted thus far as the strength in certain segments of the market has more than offset the weakness in others. Following the strength of value equities — with Energy the lone positive sector in 2022 — markets experienced a shift in leadership to begin 2023. Companies that were challenged by supply chain issues and wage pressures rebounded to begin the year, primarily within growth-oriented sectors including Communication Services, Information Technology, and Consumer Discretionary. Overall, markets were strong through the first nine months of the year, as the S&P 500 rose 13.1%. However, September — historically the worst month of the year for equity markets — saw a somewhat unsurprising pullback. As we enter the final quarter of the year, we feel it is important to examine the underlying market dynamics driving performance and highlight the risks of a narrow market as well as the opportunities available on the sidelines.

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Catherine Hillier
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