Strong Start To A New Bull Market | Daily Market Update

Friday, February 26, 2021

Top Story

Three charts to see

Today we share three charts that have our attention on the LPL Research blog.

  • As this bull nears one year old, it is one of the strongest starts to a new bull market ever. Historically, other strong starts began to slow some around this time.
  • A good start to a year can continue, as we discuss The Valentine’s Day Indicator.
  • March was a horrible month for stocks last year, but historically, this month has been quite strong.

Daily Insights

US stocks open modestly higher following Thursday’s tech-led selloff.

  • The rapid advance in Treasury yields continues to be the dominant theme of the week, putting pressure on the higher-valuation tech
  • European are markets firmly lower in midday trading.
  • Asian stocks were under pressure overnight with Japan down nearly 4%.

Technical update

  • The S&P 500 Index broke a two day winning streak by erasing all the cumulative gains seen over those days, and dropping 2.4%.
  • Despite the index hitting its intraday high back on February 16, Thursday marked the first day of broad based selling pressure, as decliners on the NYSE outnumbered advancers by more than 7:1, the worst reading since late October 2020.

COVID-19 news

The United States reported 75,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up 9% from the week prior and marking the fourth straight week to week increase (source: Johns Hopkins).

  • States hit hardest by the winter storm continue to account for much of the increase in cases in recent days, including Texas and Oklahoma.
  • Western Europe is now reporting rising cases with the exception of Spain.

LPL Research in the Media

LPL Research Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder was quoted in The Wall Street Journal discussing the S&P 500 Index. Sign in or subscribe to The Wall Street Journal to view the article.

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