Friday, April 30, 2021
Here comes May
- It is the final day of April and stocks are looking at one of their best April’s ever, which opens the door to May and the worst six months of the year.
- May through October is historically the worst six months of the year for the S&P 500 Index, up only 1.7% on average.
- This time period is commonly known as “Sell in May and go away.”
- The catch is these six months have been higher 8 of the past 10 years, so selling and going away wouldn’t have been wise.
- We will discuss this in more detail on the LPL Research blog, available today after 12p.m. ET.
U.S. stocks open lower following Thursday’s all-time high
- It’s been an early cycle week, with small caps outperforming large caps and value outperforming growth.
- European stocks are mixed at midday as economic data releases showed little, if any, growth in Eurozone nations in the first quarter.
- Asian markets traded lower overnight with Hong Kong underperforming following weaker than expected Chinese manufacturing data.
Stocks closed near session highs Thursday, as the S&P 500 moved from slightly negative at one point, to a 0.7% gain at the close. Only the technology and healthcare sectors closed in the red, while communications led with a 2.8% gain. Markets are falling in early trading and we see first support for the S&P 500 at 4118 followed by the 4000 level.
The United States reported 51,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the 14th consecutive week over week decline (source: New York Times).
- Cases in northern states have continued to decline, while trends in the south are mostly flat.
- The pace of vaccinations has declined (below 3 million per day), but 55% of the adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine.
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