What the Election Signals for Markets
While we wait for final results in the 2020 presidential election, the stock market appears to have picked technology and healthcare as winners. A strengthening economy and divided Congress may be potential tailwinds for higher stock prices.
The election is over, but the questions are piling up. There isn’t a winner, and we could be days away from settling who will win the White House. Still, it is looking like the economy will remain strong and there will be a divided Congress—both potential tailwinds for higher stock prices.
We don’t have a winner, but who won?
At the time we recorded the morning of November 4, a presidential winner had not been declared, but the market was still picking winners. The likelihood of a split Congress could be a tailwind for tech and healthcare. Less regulation for tech and potential competition in healthcare have both sectors up nicely after the election. We’ve liked both of these groups and continue to think they will be leaders.
There is a chance of a delayed stimulus plan, or likely a plan smaller than anticipated if there had been a Democratic blue wave. This means some of the cyclical value areas could pull back after the huge rally over the past two weeks. Additionally, yields have moved lower, which could impact financials—which like higher yields. We still like materials and industrials, but they may be due for a breather.
Don’t fight the calendar
Stocks hate uncertainty, and historically, once an election is out of the way, stocks have tended to do quite well. During an election year, November has been the best month of the year for the S&P 500 Index, with December the third best. 2020 may be quite unique though, as we don’t have a winner and there is some swirling uncertainty. Since the calendar turned to November, however, stocks have done quite well so far. A strong year-end rally may be likely.
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