The Bottom Line
- S&P 500 up +1.55 %
- Stoxx Europe 600 up +1.23%
- Shanghai Composite Index down –0.14%
So What Happened?
There was no post-Thanksgiving turkey hangover in the markets today, as all major U.S. stock indices closed with positive figures. After a rocky start last Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. market did not see another +/- 1% move the rest of the shortened trading week. A slightly negative performance on Black Friday (-0.66%), however, was enough to push the U.S. market into “correction” territory, defined as a drop of more than 10%. As of Friday the S&P had declined nearly -10.20% from its all-time high on September 20. According to BTN Research this marks the 6th correction of the current bull market (began March 2009), which means on average a correction has occurred once every 19.5 months (the historical average since 1920 is once every 12 months, as per Fidelity).
Though today’s action does not seem to have a clear catalyst, it may signal Wall Street has some hope in advance of upcoming events such as the release of the Federal Reserve’s November meeting minutes (to get an idea of what the Fed thinks of the economy) and the much-anticipated meeting between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 global economic summit at the end of this week. As we’ve stated ad nauseam, traders worldwide are anxiously awaiting the outcome of this meeting, as the dispute over trade practices has yet to be settled, In fact, just today the White House announced it is considering a 10% tariff on iPhones and laptops imported from China, on top of the previously announced 25% tariff on $200 billion of goods.
To further compound our case for ignoring stock market volatility, we would like to leave our readers with a timeless quote from legendary investing guru, Peter Lynch:
“Far more money has been lost by investors trying to anticipate corrections,
than lost in the corrections themselves.”
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