Earnings season is here
Q4 earnings season kicked off last week with various large banks reporting. LPL Research strategists discuss potential winners and losers this earnings season—and the chances that this quarter may be the final quarter of negative earnings growth.
More talk about the Democratic blue wave
With the Democrats in charge of the White House and both chambers of Congress, investors have been asking what this Democratic “blue wave” could mean for the markets. The previous eight times a new Democratic president took office, the S&P 500 Index gained the following year six of eight times, with a very solid 11.9% average return. Additionally, with the Senate split 50/50 and the smallest seat majority in the US House for the Democrats since 1879, it’s most likely more extreme legislation could be tough to pass, which could help this equity rally.
One of the potential big winners of a blue wave is the financials sector. A blue wave likely means more stimulus and potentially higher rates and may be is a tailwind for financials. On the flip side, LPL Research downgraded its view on communication services.
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