Showing posts with label sideways. Show all posts
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Monday, October 14, 2019

WEEKEND WRAP: Stocks gain on Friday Bulge; 21 Months of Sideways Trading

Stocks gained nicely for the week, thanks entirely to Friday's massive, across-the-board gains. Otherwise, the week would have been flat to slightly lower.

Anybody who went into the weekend with giddiness over his or her market smarties shouldn't get too cocky because for the past 21 months, stocks have gone sideways.

Since February, 2018, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up a whopping 200 points. That's a return of less than one percent over the course of nearly two years. Investors are free to believe that 2019 is a strong year for stocks, but that's only because of the massive fourth quarter selloff in 2018. All stocks have done this annum is rebound, with the end result being sideways for the whole.

Over the same time span, the NASDAQ is higher by about 500 points, a gain of less than seven percent; the S&P tacked on 100 points for a rise of roughly three percent, and the NYSE Composite has actually lost about 700 points, or minus five percent.

If that's not sideways, France isn't in Europe.

A repeat of last year's fourth quarter, when stocks slid in October and then again in December, would put most portfolios under water for the past two years and that's not something your financial advisor is going to be happy having to tell you.

Well, since this is Columbus Day, we can all bask in the knowledge that while the brave explorer of 1492 did not exactly prove the earth was round, he was headed in the right direction. Little could Columbus imagine that 500+ years hence, all of the round-earth progress would result in flat-lined equities.

Not up. Not down. Sideways.

At the Close, Friday, October 11, 2019:
Dow Jones Industrial Average: 26,816.59, +319.89 (+1.21%)
NASDAQ: 8,057.04, +106.26 (+1.34%)
S&P 500: 2,970.27, +32.14 (+1.09%)
NYSE Composite: 12,926.92, +160.92 (+1.26%)

For the Week:
Dow: +319.92 (+1.21%)
NASDAQ: +74.56 (+0.93%)
S&P 500: +18.26 (+0.62%)
NYSE Composite: +95.37 (+0.74%)