Market Update: Wednesday, January 25, 2017


  • Stocks build on Tuesday’s gains. (10:33am ET) The Dow has cleared 20,000 in intraday trading as U.S. equities follow European markets higher, adding to gains from yesterday’s session in which the S&P 500 moved up 0.7%. The advance was led by a more than 2.5% jump in materials, while telecom (-2.7%) declined amid a spike in Treasury yields; small caps handily outperformed as the Russell 2000 closed the day up 1.6%. Asian stocks finished mostly higher overnight; the Nikkei climbed 1.4% following data that showed Japan posted its first annual trade surplus in 6 years. European indexes are markedly higher in the afternoon session; the STOXX Europe 600 (+1.2%) is being led up by Spanish stocks (IBEX +1.6%). Meanwhile, the yield on the 10-year Treasury is up three basis points (0.03%) to 2.50%, and both WTI crude oil ($52.94/barrel) and COMEX gold ($1196/oz.) are lower.


  • Nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases its Budget and Economic Outlook for 2017-2027. Twice a year, the non-partisan CBO releases its outlook on the economy and budget for the next 10 years. CBO’s budget projections assume no changes to current law, and while that may not be a great assumption today given President Trump’s agenda, it does provide a good baseline. Under current law the budget deficit will move from 2.9% of GDP in FY 2017 to 5% of GDP in 2027. Over that time, the public debt-to-GDP ratio will move from 77% today to 89%. Over the next 10 years, 70% of the increase in debt is from due interest payments, Medicare and Social Security; those last two programs are driven by demographics. The report can be found here.
  • Which President was the best? The inauguration of President Trump last Friday brings up the timely question: Who was the best president ever for stocks? First off, the Dow gained 150% during President Obama’s eight years, which ranks as the 4th best out of the 19 Presidents since 1900. The largest return ever was a massive 255% jump in the Dow in just under six years under President Coolidge in the Roaring ’20s. The worst was the very next president, President Hoover, as the Dow crashed 83%. Today on the LPL Research blog we will take a closer look at this and share a chart of all equity returns under each president since 1900.
  • How low can you go? As the S&P 500 closed at another new all-time high yesterday, the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed at 11.07–the lowest level since July 2014. In fact, this close is in the bottom 2% of all VIX closes since 1990. Why is the VIX so low? Realized volatility has virtually vanished, as the S&P 500 hasn’t traded in an intraday range of more than 1% for 26 consecutive days. Should the streak reach 27 days, it would be the longest such run since 1995.



  • Germany: Ifo (Jan)





  • Japan: Retail Trade (Dec)

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