Market Quick Take - August 3, 2020
Stocks ended July in mixed fashion, with the major US indices still perched near the highs for the cycle, while Europe is struggling into the close of the month, held down in part by the very strong euro in July. As the often-volatile month of August gets underway, earnings season is still a focus, if less so, while US employment data and the course of COVID-19 virus resurgence are in focus this week.
Eyeing jobless claims, Aus deficit and geopolitics
Jobless claims, geopolitics and Australia's economic update in focus
Monthly Macro Outlook: Getting things done
The COVID-19 has left deep market scars. Among the main global indexes, only U.S. indexes are in positive territory on a year-to-date basis (+0.65% for the S&P 500 and +20.62% for the Nasdaq). Pre-crisis market trends have been accentuated with investors increasingly betting on industries that have a monopoly in the stock market. In the age of rising market power, only six well-known high tech stocks now represent around 49% of the Nasdaq. Over the past few months, we have observed a rotation into momentum stocks (i.e. consumer staples, which are usually more resilient in period of recession) and growth stocks, which are associated with listed companies that are growing earnings. This phenomenon is especially visible in the U.S. and in emerging markets. While stocks show a steady green in the U.S., the bond market continues to flash a red light about the state of the economy. History teaches us that smart money tends to be right more often than equity investors. Said differently, the balance of risks lie to the downside for the equity market in H2 if, as we expect, the V-shaped market narrative fails to materialize.
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