Market Update: Wed, Mar 25, 2020 | LPL Financial Research


Stocks trying to add to huge gains. Futures are indicating a flat to slightly positive open as stocks attempt to add to historic gains from Tuesday on optimism surrounding eventual passage of the fiscal stimulus plan in the Senate. The Dow had its fifth best day ever, up 11.4%, which ranked as its best day since March 1933. It is important to note, however, that the largest gains ever have tended to take place during bear markets, as volatility is heightened. Continue reading

Market Update: Tues, Mar 24, 2020 | LPL Financial Research


Stimulus prospects help lift global markets. S&P 500 Index futures hit their “limit up” circuit breaker of 5% overnight following Monday’s losses while major Asian and European indexes posted gains. Extraordinary measures by the Federal Reserve (Fed) to backstop the economy and progress on an approximately $2 trillion fiscal stimulus package by Congress, along with oversold conditions, are the primary drivers of the bounce. Continue reading

Market Update: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 | LPL Financial Research


Stocks pared overnight losses after Fed goes “all in” again. Stocks reversed big losses overnight in the futures market after initial disappointment that policymakers in Washington, DC, could not reach an agreement on a stimulus deal on Sunday night was followed by more central bank support. The Senate proposal is reportedly in the $1.5 trillion range in size and our sources in Washington suggest passage today is very likely, despite several members of the Senate being in quarantine and one, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, having contracted the illness. Continue reading

Market Update: Fri, Mar 20, 2020 | LPL Financial Research


Stocks set to open higher after historic swings. After managing to finish green Thursday, stocks today have a shot at their first back-to-back gains in more than a month. In fact, yesterday’s modest gains ended a record streak of 8 consecutive days the S&P 500 Index either gained or lost at least 4%. Big gains overnight in South Korea and Taiwan led global markets, while Europe is up big as well. Continue reading

How Markets Bottom

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With US equities firmly in a bear market, even the most long-term investors are now looking ahead to when the selling may stop and where the S&P 500 Index might ultimately bottom. “Nobody knows exactly how this market bottom will play out,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “However, using history as guide, we know markets tend to retest or even slightly break previous lows.” Continue reading