mixed session as tech stocks lagged and cyclical sectors lead the way higher.’ data-reactid=”24″>Stocks opened the week with a mixed session as tech stocks lagged and cyclical sectors lead the way higher.
As of Monday’s close, the S&P 500 is now just 0.4% below a record high.
But in a note to clients published Monday, Morgan Stanley’s Mike Wilson outlined the three issues right now that are cause for concern among investors — rising COVID case counts, a looming fiscal cliff, and a Democratic sweep in November.
And while stocks have tempered the pace of their advance since June, the market has indeed pushed higher even as risks to the outlook have mounted.
“Most stocks have been in a correction/consolidation since June 8 when the equal-weighted S&P 500 made its recovery highs (that have yet to be taken out),” Wilson writes. “Many of the weakest stocks since then were some of the biggest winners during the initial rally of this new bull market — i.e., the re-opening/recovery winners. The reasons for this correction are 3-fold — new COVID case [spikes], concerns about a potential Blue Sweep in this year’s U.S. election, and the looming fiscal cliff.”
Amid this backdrop, however, Wilson sees the recovery narrative remaining very much intact. And suggests that investors not scramble only into stocks that benefit from a prolonged pandemic but keep or increase exposure to more cyclical sectors that could benefit from a return to something more normal.
Additionally, two of these three worries are currently being tempered to some degree.
Case counts across the country have been declining in recent weeks and we’re now nearly a month past the July 16 record of more than 75,000 positive daily tests. And the “fiscal cliff” that consumers were sent off when enhanced unemployment benefits expired with no replacement on July 31 came and went without much market reaction. Investors, it seems, are more than comfortable betting on Congress getting something done. Even if it takes a while.
stocks tend to do better under Democratic presidents anyway.’ data-reactid=”35″>And as for the election? Well, stocks tend to do better under Democratic presidents anyway.
“We view these real concerns as bumps along the road of what we believe should ultimately be a very sharp and persistent recovery,” Wilson writes.
What to watch today
6:00 a.m. ET: NIFB Small Business Optimism, July (100.5 expected, 100.6 in June)
8:30 a.m. ET: PPI Final Demand, July MoM (0.3% expected, -0.2% in June)
8:30 a.m. ET: PPI excluding food and energy, July MoM (0.1% expected, -0.3% in June)
8:30 a.m. ET: PPI final demand, July YoY (-0.7% expected, -0.8% in June)
8:30 a.m. ET: PPI excluding food and energy, July YoY (0.0% expected, 0.1% in June)
6:00 a.m. ET: Nio (NIO) is expected to report an adjusted loss of 1.66 CNY on revenue of 3.49 billion CNY
7:00 a.m. ET: InterContinental Hotels (IHG) is expected to report adjusted earnings of 60 cents per share on revenue of $1.16 billion
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