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By Anna Kate Rogers
June 01, 2024
Investment Management

Portfolio Manager Commentary

June 1, 2024

The Portfolio Manager Commentary is provided by Trustmark’s Tailored Wealth Investment Management team. The opinions and analysis presented are accurate to the best of our knowledge and are based on information and sources that we consider to be reliable and appropriate for due consideration1.

 


Economic Outlook

The Index of Leading Economic Indicators was down 0.6% for the month of April. U.S. Capacity Utilization fell slightly to 78.4% in April, barely below its long run average. U.S. Industrial Production remained unchanged month over month. The U.S. Core PCE Price Index rose 0.2% month over month. On an annual basis, Core PCE has remained unchanged at 2.8% for the past 3 months. Existing Home Sales rose 3.7% month over month, while Pending Home Sales fell 7.7% over the same period. The Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index fell sharply to 35.4, its lowest reading in 4 years. Finally, the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index fell 10.5% month over month, although it beat consensus expectations of a 12.6% decline.

Fixed Income

The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve remains inverted; however, this inversion has continued to remain somewhat flat. The 10-year yield is currently 4.51%, 37 basis points below the 2-year yield of 4.88%. The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve has now been inverted for 22.5 months. The FOMC has held its Fed Funds target rate range at 5.25% to 5.50% since last July. Economists fully expect that the European Central Bank will cut rates for the first time on June 6. The ECB’s President recently emphasized that the ECB would rely on their economic data and not necessarily look to the Federal Reserve’s policy stance as a baseline for their own policy decisions. The next FOMC Meeting is scheduled for June 12, 2024. Currently, the CME FedWatch tool indicates an 84% chance that the Federal Reserve will cut rates at least once in 2024.

Yield Curve

U.S. Treasury Yield Curve

Current Generic Bond Yields

Current Generic Bond Yields

Equity

The S&P 500 concluded May with a 4.8% monthly increase, concluding the month with around an 11% return. Year to date, the leading sectors are Communication Services (+20.71), Utilities (+12.42%), and Information Technology (+18.05). The sectors with the lowest performance this year include Real Estate (-4.95%), Consumer Discretionary (+0.22%), and Materials (+5.14%).

S&P 500 Growth (+15.82%) is outperforming S&P 500 Value (+4.99%). Even with positive performance almost across the board, US consumer confidence decreased 8.9 points in the last four months.

Index Returns
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1Sources of statistical information are Bloomberg, Factset Research Systems, and Ned Davis Research. Non-deposit investment products are not insured or guaranteed by any government agency or government sponsored agency of the federal government or any state; are not deposits, obligations, or guaranteed by Trustmark National Bank or its affiliates; and are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal. The opinions and analysis in this report are accurate to the best of our knowledge and are based on information and sources that we consider to be reliable and appropriate for due consideration. The volatility of market conditions and any change from the basic set of assumptions used herein could lead to substantial differences in the projected results and conclusions in this report. All projections, prices and assumptions herein are subject to change without notice. We do not guarantee the results, performance or liquidity of the securities discussed and any strategy or investment selection remains your responsibility. This report is strictly for information purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation for any transaction. Tailored Wealth Investment Management is a division of Trustmark Wealth Management.