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Monthly Market Wrap: October 2023

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October 2023 Market Summary

Stocks declined for the third straight month, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling 1.3%, the S&P 500 slipping 2.1%, and the NASDAQ giving up 2.8%. Globally, Emerging Markets fell 3.9% and EAFE lost 4.0%. Small and mid-cap stocks were the most adversely affected; the Russell 2000 dove 6.8%, while the large-cap Russell 1000 gave up only 2.4%.

After being the only US stock sector to finish in the black for the last two months, Energy was the biggest laggard in October, with a 5.8% decline. Only Utilities and Technology advanced higher in October, up 1.3% and 0.1%, respectively.

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Mortgage rates continued to shoot higher as the 15-year Mortgage Rate breached 7% for the first time since 2000, while the 30-year Mortgage Rate approached 8%. Housing prices took a hit as a result; the Median Sales Price of Existing Homes fell for the third straight month and was below $400,000 for the first time since May. The Inflation rate essentially remained the same between September and October, though Core Inflation slightly decreased. Oil prices sank in October, helping to lower the average price of regular gas by 36 cents to $3.60 per gallon.

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The yield curve trended toward normalcy in October. Yields on the 3-year, 5-year, 10-year, 20-year, and 30-year treasuries all increased by double-digits, with the 30-year logging the largest rise of 31 basis points. The 20-year and 30-year both eclipsed 5% for the first time since July 2007, ending the month at 5.21% and 5.04%, respectively. Italy’s Long Term Bond Interest Rate was overtaken by the US 10-year, and Japan’s 10 Year Government Bond Interest Rate neared 1% in October.

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Off the YCharts! Dollar-Cost Averaging NVIDIA

Just how important are the Magnificent Seven stocks to the overall market?

If you invested in just the “S&P 7”– Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Meta Platforms (META), Microsoft (MSFT), NVIDIA (NVDA), and Tesla (TSLA) – on a market cap-weighted basis at the start of the year, you would have enjoyed a 50.7% return YTD.

Take those seven names out of the S&P 500, however, and the index is negative YTD.

It’s safe to say that the S&P 7 stocks have certainly played a prominent role in bringing the overall S&P 500 index up 9.2% YTD. The “Magnificent Seven” constitute roughly 29% of the S&P 500, making the index the most concentrated it has been in over 25 years.

Check out our blog post from earlier this month for a deep dive into the Magnificent Seven and a look at historical S&P 500 concentration. 

Chart of 2023 Magnificent Seven stock performance vs. S&P 500 vs. S&P 500 without Magnificent Seven

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Equity Performance

Major Indexes

Chart of Major Equity Index Returns for October 2023

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Value vs. Growth Performance, Trailing Twelve Months

Chart showing small- and large-cap value vs. growth returns through October 2023

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US Sector Movement

Chart of US Equity Sector Performance for October 2023

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Hot Stocks: Top 10 S&P 500 Performers of October 2023

Ten best performing S&P 500 stocks of October 2023

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Laggards & Losers: 10 Worst S&P 500 Performers of October 2023

Ten worst performing S&P 500 stocks of October 2023

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Economic Data


September’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 3.8%, as was the labor force participation rate at 62.8%. However, September nonfarm payroll data showed 336,000 jobs added, the most in the last eight months and handily surpassing expectations of 159,000.

Consumers and Inflation

At 3.70%, the US inflation rate for September was essentially unchanged from August’s 3.67% level. Core Inflation decreased for the sixth straight month, down from 4.35% in August to 4.15% in September. The US Consumer Price Index MoM rose 0.40% in September, while US Personal Spending MoM accelerated 0.74%. The Federal Reserve kept the benchmark Target Federal Funds Rate unchanged at 5.50% for the second consecutive FOMC meeting, which took place on November 1st.

Production and Sales

The US ISM Manufacturing PMI dove by 2.3 points in October to 46.7, breaking a streak of three consecutive monthly increases and returning to contraction territory. US Retail and Food Services Sales MoM grew by 0.71% in September, and the YoY US Producer Price Index rose by two-tenths of a percentage point to 2.17%.


US New Single-Family Home Sales MoM rebounded by 12.3% in September following an 8.2% contraction in August. September marked the largest MoM increase for new single-family homes since August 2022. US Existing Home Sales were down 2%, sinking for the fourth consecutive month and 18th out of the last 20. The Median Sales Price of Existing Homes fell below $400,000 for the first time since May to $394,300. September also marked the third consecutive month in which median prices for existing homes fell. Mortgage rates again reached new highs in October; the 15-year Mortgage Rate topped 7% for the first time since December 2000, and the 30-year ended the month at 7.79%.


The price of Gold rebounded 6% in October, from $1,870.50 to $1,982.90. After breaching $90 per barrel in September, the price of WTI oil reversed course in October and ended the month at $83.03 per barrel, a decline of 8.5%. The price of Brent fell 5.35% to $90.73 per barrel but stayed above that key $90 level. Lower oil prices helped deliver drivers some relief at the pump, as the average price of regular gas fell 36 cents in October to end the month at $3.60 per gallon, its lowest level since March.


Major cryptocurrencies went back “to the moon” in October. The price of Bitcoin surged 27.7% in October to $34,498.70 per coin, while Ethereum jumped 9.5% to $1,809.64 per ether. Bitcoin has officially doubled its price YTD, having advanced 108.3% on the year through the end of October. Ethereum is now 51.2% higher YTD.

Fixed Income

US Treasury Yield Curve

1 Month Treasury Rate: 5.56%

3 Month Treasury Rate: 5.59%

6 Month Treasury Rate: 5.54%

1 Year Treasury Rate: 5.44%

2 Year Treasury Rate: 5.07%

3 Year Treasury Rate: 4.90%

5 Year Treasury Rate: 4.82%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.88%

20 Year Treasury Rate: 5.21%

30 Year Treasury Rate: 5.04%

Chart of the US Treasury Yield Curve as of October 31st, 2023

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Global Bonds

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.88%

Italy Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 4.86%

Canada 10 Year Benchmark Bond Yield: 4.05%

Spain Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 3.97%

10-Year Eurozone Central Government Bond Par Yield: 3.63%

Germany Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 2.77%

Japan 10 Year Government Bond Interest Rate: 0.95%

Chart of US and Global bond yields as of October 31st, 2023

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