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With the midterms finally over, investors need to think critically about how the market will respond. In particular, specific sectors will have different reactions. With that in mind here are six sectors to watch. Drugmakers seem likely to be seen favorably as the split between the parties means new regulation governing prices seems less likely. Banks could go either way, but most expect Trump’s deregulatory agenda to continue. Technology is looking less favorable as regulation and scrutiny of the sector is one of the few areas of bipartisan agreement. Industrials are looking less favorable as well, as the odds of a big infrastructure package have decreased. Energy seems neutral, as no big changes appear likely. Finally, marijuana stocks are likely to jump.
FINSUM: There is going to be quite a range of reactions over the next few months as each sector digests how the newly split Congress will affect them.
The midterms are finally over, and with it the possible end to the volatility of the last month. Many on Wall Street now say stocks are ready to gain as buying fever takes over. The election went almost exactly as expected, which has set up a possible goldilocks scenario for markets. With Congress split, it is likely that policy gridlock will take over, a situation many think is ideal for stocks. The idea is that the less government does, the more room the market has to operate uninhibited.
FINSUM: The key here is that a split Congress means there likely won’t be any huge policy changes over the next two years. That seems favorable for stocks given the political uncertainty over the last 24 months.
The midterm elections are finally in the rearview mirror, and generally speaking, the results are exactly what the market expected. That means it may be time for a rush back into stocks after the turmoil of the last month. One analyst put it this way, saying “Following this week’s volatility and the FANGs selloff this week, we’re likely to see traders getting back in and buying the dip. The elections have been a win for both the Republicans and the Democrats, and this will bring balance to the market”.
FINSUM: We do suspect investors will breath a sigh of relief. Firstly, things went according to plan, but secondly, a split Congress is in some ways the best case scenario for stocks.
Barron’s has made an argument to investors. Despite all the turmoil recently, and the potential threat of the midterm elections, it says you should stick with stocks. Part of the reason is historical—stocks have usually continued to do well even when Congress flips (though the sample size historically is small). For instance, the stock market continued to perform well when Congress turned against Obama. On a policy front, the outcome looks positive too, as Democrats could limit some of the less popular policies of the Republicans, like a trade war, which would help US corporates.
FINSUM: We think the election is going to be positive for shares if everything goes as it is forecasted to. Any change from the blue House-red Senate prediction might shake markets.
The world may be on the verge of a recession and a bear market, or maybe not. But either way, investors need to think about the possibility and have a plan for how to handle it if it comes. With that in mind, some experts have weighed in on the topic. T. Rowe Price says that in a downturn, investors need to buy more emerging markets and hold less bank loans. Charles Schwab thinks investors need to get more defensive, moving out of growth stocks and into defensive sectors, like healthcare. Northern Trust is more benign and does not see big changes coming to the market or economy.
FINSUM: If the economy really goes south, we think the market will go with it, which means defensive sectors would be a good bet. We imagine the Dollar would stay strong and yields would be lower, so income investments could shine(which also happen to be quite defensive).
Bloomberg is arguing that the world may be on the verge of a big synchronized recession. In the words of the publication, there is “risk of synchronized slowdown in global growth as Europe wobbles, China sputters and stock markets around the world keep crumbling”. China is finally feeling real heat from the tariffs of the trade war and European growth is slumping. That begs the question of how long the US can remain the fast-growing outlier.
FINSUM: Growth is still good in the US but it does seem to be past peak. Just not as far past peak as in the rest of the world.