The rally continues, as economic data suggests the recession may be over—or will be soon. Plus, 2020 is an election year and, although COVID-19 has dominated the headlines, the LPL strategists expect the election to begin gaining traction in the media soon.
What have you learned in 2020 so far?
What a year it’s been so far. The S&P 500 Index was down 20% in the first quarter, only to gain 20% in the second quarter. And the LPL strategists remind us that the previous leaders can continue to lead. Technology and growth had been strong heading into 2020, and they’ve only added to their impressive strength recently. Also, stocks are forward-looking, and they’re looking ahead to better economic times.
4.8 million jobs were created last month—a new record. Additionally, consumer confidence, manufacturing, and housing data all suggest the recession may be over. The LPL strategists note, however, this doesn’t mean economic output will get to where it was in February, which could take years in some cases. But the new trend in encouraging economic data suggests this recession may be over already.
Who will win the election? Watch stocks.
As we head closer to the election, how stocks are doing could be the best market signal to help determine who will win in November. As the LPL strategists note, the stock market has predicted 20 of the past 23 presidential election winners. Historically, if the S&P 500 Index were up three months before an election, the incumbent party has won. If stocks were lower three months before, the incumbent party lost. Additionally, the best scenario for stocks has been a split Congress. That may be what investors should be watching as we approach November.
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