The economy continues to surprise to the upside, while the S&P 500 Index is about 1% from new all-time highs. Still, the disconnect between an economy that is nowhere near its previous peak has many investors confused about why stocks are back near recent highs. This week on the LPL Market Signals podcast, the LPL strategists discuss this along with some of the other recent economic data.
The disconnect continues
Yes, stocks are near highs and the economy is still recovering off of historically low levels. Yet, as the LPL strategists noted, it is important to remember that the S&P 500 is more manufacturing based, while gross domestic product (GDP) is more services based. Given services were hit harder, it will be harder for services to come back due to social distancing. Also, the S&P 500 is more global, while GDP is more domestic. As parts of the globe improve before the United States, this is another tailwind.
Maybe it isn’t so odd
What might surprise many investors is the S&P 500 gained during 7 of the past 12 recessions. As the LPL strategists noted, this recession is quite unlike any we’ve seen before though, but with stocks up double digits since this recession started, it isn’t as abnormal as some think.
Economic round up
Last week saw better-than-expected services, manufacturing, and jobs data. As the LPL strategists noted, although much of the real-time economic data is weakening, we were quite surprised how strong the data came in last week. All of this further confirms our views that the recession is likely over.
Tune in now
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