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SPX500_m stabilises at ~4558 after a sharp rebound

SPX500_m stabilises at ~4558 after a sharp rebound

After three straight months of selling, the major US stock indices are pausing for breath having bounced back in pretty extraordinary fashion

  • The broader benchmark S&P 500 is up over 8.5% this month, its best monthly performance also since July last year
  • The tech-dominated Nasdaq 100 has been the standout performer and gained nearly 11% so far in November, its best performance for fifteen months

This has come about due to the turn in bond markets and Fed rate expectations.

Softer inflation data plus other important employment figures like the monthly non-farm payrolls report have seen markets quickly shift their sight on policy easing by the Fed as soon as March next year.

Risk sentiment has embraced this change in market mentality with US stocks virtually making back all the losses from the summer sell-off.

A solid third quarter results season, with margin expansion and more positive earnings revisions than forecast, has also underpinned support for equities.


Magnificent Seven still shine

Encouragingly, market breadth has expanded, with the small cap Russell 2000 index participating in the rally, even though the “Magnificent Seven” still rule. 

These seven megacap tech stocks – Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia and Tesla - have reasserted the gap in their stock performance over the rest of the biggest companies Stateside.

Those seven megcaps, which account for nearly 29% of the S&P 500, around 80% this year versus flat for the remaining 493 companies in the benchmark index.

This has seen their valuations rise and those handful of tech titans now collectively compare to previous well-known stock market bubbles seen in 1972 and 2000.


Inflation data and Powell speech may direct S&P 500

The Fed’s favoured inflation gauge is released later today. The US core PCE data is a broader gauge of prices than the CPI report that dynamically adjusts to changes in the spending basket.

The median consensus call is for 0.2% m/m which is what is needed over a period of time to bring CPI back to the Fed’s 2% target.

  • Softer than expected data might be seized upon by stocks which have paused for a healthy breath after such a sharp move higher
  • But price have been overbought so a correction is due. Bulls are eyeing up the summer top in the S&P 500 above 4,600 as thoughts turn to a classic Santa rally
  • Fed Chair Powell’s speech on Friday will also be worth monitoring as a more hawkish stance could see a bigger retracement of recent stock market gains

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