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Monday seemed like it was going to be a good day. Chinese stocks surged mightily, which pushed up US equities ahead of the market opening. However, things quickly turned into a rout, with the Dow and S&P 500 getting wounded badly. Everything from worries over the trade war, to Italy’s budget, to Saudi Arabia are weighing on the market right now. Solid earnings are helping prop the market up, but markets are still down strongly in pre-market trading today.
FINSUM: Many investors are starting to ask themselves if this bull market has finally peaked. We think it is a smart question. That said, as long as economic performance continues strongly, we have a hard time imagining the market will fall too steeply.
We have just experienced a major market rout. Stocks are off over 5% in the last two days, largely because of almost esoteric worries about rising rates. The big question for investors is “where do we go from here?”. Well the Financial Times has tried to answer the question, and their answer is pretty simple—higher. The paper thinks this tumult will prove short-lived as they contend that it is really recession that ends bull markets, and the US isn’t anywhere near one right now. They suspect corporate earnings will come in strong in the next month and right the market ship.
FINSUM: We agree that this seems like the most likely outcome of the current rout, especially given the strength of the economy. However, we do have an outside worry that investors’ minds are finally changing about the risk/reward of stocks given rising rates and a toppy-looking economy.
If you are looking for the canary in the coal mine for the current market turbulence, look no further than a handful of stocks that should show investors where things are headed. Especially for the Dow. The index’s gains this year have largely come from three stocks: Apple, Boeing, and UnitedHealth Group. 16 stocks in the 30-stock index have losses this year, but because of the quirky way the Dow is calculated, some smaller market capitalization companies have much more weight than larger ones (weighting is done by share price not market cap). Accordingly, this trio has outsized importance to the index, and if they fall, the Dow is likely to get badly hurt.
FINSUM: The Dow is quite funky, but this story points out just how vulnerable the whole index looks right now.
The market took a big hit yesterday following the Fed’s expected rate hike. However, it was not the rate hike itself that caused the problems, rather it was the Fed’s statement and its dot plot. The Fed removed the word “accommodative” (regarding its policy) from its statement, which combined with its more hawkish dot plot, got investors worried. The Fed funds rate is now higher than inflation for the first time in several years. Stock markets fell on the news, with the Dow dropping 0.4%.
FINSUM: The Fed getting more hawkish should make investors worried, as the more restrictive Fed policy becomes, the sooner (and more likely) a recession will arrive.
Even if you aren’t thinking about it yet, the president is. In an interview yesterday, President Trump said that the stock market would crash if he were impeached. No one can be sure, but history suggests it would have little impact on the market. In the two previous cases in recent memory—Nixon and Clinton—the market behaved differently, falling sharply in the 12 months prior to Nixon’s impeachment, and rising before Clinton’s. JP Morgan’s best guess is that an impeachment wouldn’t be enough to derail the markets and economy itself.
FINSUM: Another interesting argument is that Trump wouldn’t ever be impeached until the market headed south, as that has happened in both of the previous instances (there was a brief but steep correction before Clinton’s impeachment). Nonetheless, we really don’t think Trump will be impeached.