|WEEK OF NOV. 8 THROUGH NOV. 12, 2021|
The S&P 500 ended the week at 4,682.85, down from last Friday's closing level of 4,697.53, which had been a new closing high at the time. It moved higher yet on Monday to a new record closing high of 4,701.70 but closed below that every day since then.
Despite last week's decline, the S&P 500 is still in positive territory for November, up 1.7% for the month to date. The market benchmark is up 25% for the year to date, with just seven weeks remaining in 2021.
The index's strong climb last year has come amid the recovery of the US economy from the widespread, pandemic-related closures that were seen in 2020. Many companies have been reporting financial results above analysts' expectations and many economic reports have also topped economists' estimates. However, price increases have also been an underlying worry, and the October consumer price data released last week brought that concern to the forefront.
The US seasonally adjusted consumer price index, a measure of inflation, rose by 0.9% in October, ahead of expectations for a 0.6% increase, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Core CPI, which excludes food and energy prices, rose by 0.6%, faster than the consensus estimate for a 0.4% increase. The year-over-year rates for overall and core CPI accelerated to 6.2% and 4.6%, respectively, from 5.4% and 4% in the previous month.
The consumer discretionary sector had the largest percentage drop of the week, falling 3.2%, amid the consumer price concerns. That was followed by a 1.7% decline in energy, a 1.1% slip in utilities and a 0.5% drop in communication services. Consumer staples and real estate also edged lower.
Five sectors still ended the week in positive territory: Materials climbed 2.5%, followed by a 0.6% rise in health care and a 0.4% increase in industrials. Financials and technology also eked out slight gains.
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Looking ahead to this week we are awaiting on some key economic data:
|NOV. 15 THROUGH NOV. 21, 2021|