Continue reading “Highlights from November 2019 – Stock Markets rally; S&P 500 up 25% so far this year but S&P 500 earnings flat in third quarter this year vs last year; Germany avoids technical recession”
What happened in October: The S&P 500 hit an all-time high as trade tensions eased. The Fed cut interest rates again. Meanwhile, China GDP growth was slowest in three decades. The British Pound soared in October and signs are that the Eurozone economy is faltering more than expected.
The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for again (the second time this year). Will Central Banks elsewhere follow?
The Stock Markets made big swings in August thanks to trade tensions heating (and then cooling) between the U.S. and China and the yield curve inverting.
U.S. Equities Soar
June 2019 saw U.S. equity market records being broken shattered.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gained 7% in June, its biggest June gain in 9 decades or its best June since 1938.
The S&P 500 jumped 6.9%, its best June performance in 7 decades or its best June since 1955. The S&P 500 is up 17% in 2019 so far, the best start to a year since 1997.
(Apologies for the delay in this being published, it should have been published almost a month ago.)
May 2019 was the quietest month (till date) for us due to unprecedented reasons. We had hoped April 2019 will be the quietest month but turns out this time it was (again) different. Hoping to write more going forward starting July but don’t want to promise that.
Revenue and profit growth are slowing for major technology companies. For the January to March period, the three major technology companies – Amazon, Alphabet and Apple all saw slowing revenue growth. And the growth slowdown was quite significant.
Think the global economy is slowing? The equity markets don’t think so. The S&P 500 rose 13.1% in Quarter 1 (January to March), the largest quarterly gain since 2009 and the best start to a year since 1998.
The technology heavy NASDAQ index gained 17% as the S & P technology sector gained 19.3% during the quarter. Apple and Microsoft both gained over 16% during the quarter.
The S&P 500 rose 2.97% percent February following a 7.87% gain in January setting the start of 2019 its best start to a year since 1991.
The markets plummeted in December mainly due fears of slowing economic growth, worries about rising interest rates and global trade issues. What has changed since December?