Is 8% GDP Good for Stocks? | LPL Daily Market Update

Friday, March 26, 2021

Daily Insights

US stocks mixed as S&P 500 Index looks to avoid a second straight weekly decline; Nasdaq set to underperform

  • The Federal Reserve announced that banks that clear the next round of stress tests will be allowed to resume dividend payments and share repurchases.
  • European markets are modestly higher in midday trading and on pace to finish the week positive.
  • Technology stocks propelled Asian markets higher overnight with China outperforming.

Is 8% GDP good for stocks? The US economy is set to come roaring back in 2021, with some estimates now calling for 8% or more Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

  • This would be the best GDP since 1951.
  • The catch is big GDP jumps don’t always equal big stock gains, in fact, some of the lowest GDP prints ever have been better for stocks.
  • This is because stocks are forward looking, as they usually turn well before the economy. Last year is the perfect example.
  • LPL Research continues to forecast GDP growth of 5.0-5.5% in 2021.

Read more about this in today’s LPL Research blog.

Technical update

Stocks reversed sharply higher yesterday, led by the Russell 2000, which rallied nearly 4% off its intraday lows. While the small cap underperformance may have more to go versus large, we believe it may represent an opportunity to take advantage of a pullback in a relative trend. The Russell 2000 has support near 2100. The Nasdaq, which is lagging again in early trading, has support at 12,397 and resistance at 13,607.

COVID-19 news

The US reported 70,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as rising cases in northern states have begun to offset the decline in southern states (source: New York Times).

  • Michigan continues to report the fastest increase in cases, where the 7-day average of new cases has almost quadrupled in five weeks
  • The situation in Western Europe is little changed, but data may be suggesting that case growth is beginning to decline in France and Italy
  • AstraZeneca study citing a 79% efficacy rate against the virus has been revised to 76% after further investigation
  • Rate of vaccination in the US has remained at a firm 2.5 million people per day, or roughly 1.2% of adults

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