Upbeat reports from several Dow blue chips fueled buying on Wall Street Tuesday as earnings season kicked off.
That allayed investor concerns about fallout from a prolonged U.S.-China trade war.
The three indexes gained more than 9-tenth percent.
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If we start to see good earnings come in, there's a lot of people so negative I think we're going to get a squeeze - we could, not that I think it's going to happen, we have to see how earnings season progresses - but we could see the market continue to go higher." Healthcare stocks led the rally.
Shares of UnitedHealth Group and Johnson & Johnson MOVED higher.
S&P 500 could fall by as much as 20% in the coming weeks, Tim Hayes, senior strategist at Ned Davis Research, told Business Insider. "I would expect a decline of 15-20% and then we get a rally that maybe leaves us back where we are around now." Last week all three major Wall Street indices fell due to a sell-off in big US tech stocks. Hayes said the valuations are very optimistic. But he expects stocks to pick up after November once the US election is over.
U.S. stocks closed lower after a choppy trading session Thursday as heavyweight tech-related stocks resumed their decline following a sharp rebound the previous session, while elevated jobless claims reminded investors of a still-difficult recovery ahead. Fred Katayama reports.
Wall Street's main indexes ended higher Wednesday to snap a three-session losing streak as investors jumped back in to take advantage of the pullback in technology-related stocks, a day after the Nasdaq confirmed correction territory. Fred Katayama reports.
On Thursday, US stocks fell 320 points. The drop comes even as weekly jobless-claims data came in better than expected. Business Insider reports that weekly jobless claims fell by more than 30,000 from the previous week, to 860,000. Tech stocks led the decline. Investors continued to process Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comments expressing uncertainty about the economic recovery. Powell also said the Fed didn't expect to raise interest rates until at least 2023.
On Thursday, US stocks sank in turbulent trading. Falling tech giants dragged on benchmark indexes. Tech names had rebounded on Wednesday. However, they resumed their downward spiral as investors shunned their still lofty valuations. Traders also mulled weekly jobless-claims data that signaled lasting pain in the US labor market. Jobless claims totaled 884,000 for the week that ended on Saturday, missing the economist estimate of 850,000.
US stocks climbed on Wednesday with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite extending records. According to Business Insider, both indexes closed at all-time highs on Tuesday. The rally was partly spurred by sectors that have underperformed in 2020, including utilities and financials. Traders are closely watching for signs that Congress will sign on for another pandemic stimulus bill soon. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday encouraged Congress to pass stimulus measures.
The bull market kept rolling along Friday with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq once again closing at record heights and the Dow made progress by erasing all of its losses for the year. Conway G. Gittens has the details
Economists at Bank of America lifted their forecast for third-quarter US GDP growth to 27% from 15% on Friday. Business Insider reports better-than-expected trends in retail sales, the housing market, and hiring. BoA lowered its fourth-quarter projection to 3% from 5%. Failed stimulus negotiations are growing increasingly likely. No new aid could be a speed bump for the American economy. BoA made the adjustment after Senate Democrats blocked Republicans' $500 billion measure on Thursday.
On Friday, Bank of America upgraded Tesla to "neutral" from "underperform." It raised its price target to $1,750 from $800. The firm's new price target implies an 8% upside for Tesla shares over the next year. Business Insider reports that shares of Tesla ticked up as much as 4% on Friday. Morgan Stanley also boosted its price target and rating on the automaker.
Business Insider reports that banks' and tech giants' earnings largely impressed Wall Street. Bank of America says discount stores are set to post similarly positive results, according to Bank of America. BoA analysts expect the sector's second-quarter figures to hold strong thanks to rising food sales and improvement in general merchandise revenue. Thanks to momentum in higher-profit categories and successful online operations Walmart, Target, and Dollar Tree are in good positions.
On Wednesday, Bank of America analysts downgraded Apple, Inc. To BoA, Apple's surging stock price doesn't present the strong risk-reward profile it once did. BoA downgraded Apple to "neutral" in a note. It said Apple's recent rally to record highs faces too many risks to recommend buying more shares. Business Insider said Apple's future performance could slip if 5G iPhones miss expectations or sell worse than estimated. Services may also shrink after several quarters of "unsustainable" growth.
Warren Buffett's investment in Apple has tripled in value to north of $100 billion. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway spent about $35 billion to build the 5.7% stake in Apple The 10% rise in Apple's stock price on Friday boosted its value to about $104 billion. Business Insider reports that Berkshire's Apple position is now worth more than four times its second-largest holding, Bank of America. Industry analysts call Buffett's investment into Apple "one of the best investments ever."
France's LVMH faces an uphill battle in walking away from its $16 billion deal to buy U.S. jeweler Tiffany, with legal experts noting most mergers which end up in court are renegotiated rather than dissolved. Fred Katayama reports.
The Trump administration will ban WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok from U.S. app stores starting Sunday night, a move that will block Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned platforms over concerns they pose a national security threat. Fred Katayama reports.
China's ByteDance faces an uphill struggle to convince the White House to allow it to keep majority ownership of its popular short video app TikTok in the United States, according to former national security officials and regulatory lawyers. Fred Katayama reports.
U.S. consumer spending slowed in August, with a key retail sales gauge unexpectedly declining, as extended unemployment benefits were cut for millions of Americans, offering more evidence that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession was faltering. Fred Katayama reports.
Is another bubble about to burst? Goldman Sachs said Wall Street's most popular fear gauge is flashing a warning sign not seen since the bursting of the dot-com bubble in 2000. Typically, when the stock market rises, volatility tends to fade. But Goldman said this pattern has been overturned. The S&P 500 and the VIX index have currently hit record peaks in correlation to each other.
On Thursday, Goldman Sachs said the S&P 500 can hit 3,600 if markets price in the bank's "comparatively more optimistic US GDP forecast." The banks analysts say specific market conditions would yield the growth. The economy contracts by only by 5% in 2020. It would have to grow by 6.2% next year. After that real yields will rise sharply to levels of "cyclical optimism" in June 2021.
On Friday, Goldman Sachs lifted its 2020 S&P 500 earnings-per-share estimate. The move comes after better-than-expected second-quarter results. Business Insider reports that Goldman expects 2020 S&P 500 EPS of $130, from $115. That's about 21% lower than 2019. Goldman also thinks S&P 500 earnings will surge 30%, to $170 per share in 2021. The estimate is tied to Goldman's economic growth outlook.
2020 has been a wild ride for stocks. Business Insider reports that the market continues to face risks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also election uncertainty, and the potential for heightened trade tensions with China. BI reports that investors should continue to hold on for the potential of more gains ahead. In a note, investment group LPL raised its year-end S&P 500 fair-value target to a range of 3,450 to 3,500, the note said.
According to Business Insider, JPMorgan expects the S&P 500 to rise another 6% from current levels to a record 3,600 before the year is over. The S&P500's earnings recovery is "ahead of expectation." Tech stocks have done well, boosting the index. The S&P500 will continue to support its recovery while other sectors gain through the second half of the year, they added. JPMorgan expects S&P 500 firms' margins to fully recover from the pandemic by the second half of 2021.
CFRA's Sam Stovall said that the recent S&P 500 pullback may be converted into a "low-level, double-digital correction." According to Business Insider, Stovall said that this will be an opportunity for investors to buy, not "bail." He feels the Fed is likely to keep interest rates low for the next few years. Stovall added that recent S&P 500 sell-off was not surprising. For Stovall, the "extreme" difference between price returns for growth stocks versus value stocks made the market vulnerable.
There have been back-to-back weeks of stock market declines. In a note UBS said the steady declines should be used by investors as an opportunity to buy stocks at better levels. Record highs were recorded on September 2. Now, the S&P 500 is down 7%, while the Nasdaq 100 is down 10%. UBS expects markets to "refocus on the positives."
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