Sustainable Gains? | January 08, 2021

AUTHOR: Kerry J. Hilsabeck, CFP®
TITLE:    Investment Adviser Rep
TAGS:     Jobs, Inflation, Yield Curve, S&P 500, Consumer Sentiment

Last week was a busy week that led to gains. Is it sustainable looking to the rest of January?


Focus very quickly shifted from what could be, to what is the current reality. Those realities appear fairly bleak.  A rental real estate market expecting consolidation, stay at home orders expanding, and a glut of oil (thank you Russia). These stress points resulted in a move down to open the year. Despite this move and likely more to come, the light is still on at the end of the tunnel.


Markets climbed back (halfway) from Mondays lows. Helping the markets was an OPEC+ meeting. This led to oil production cuts for Saudi Arabia and less than expected increases from Russia.


What should have been a mundane day for the markets ended up being anything but. Democratic control of congress was greeted with a climb in markets as investors assumed this would mean strong economic stimulus. Additionally, a 50/50 split of the senate would still make tax increases difficult to pass. Late in the day markets gave back much of their gains as turmoil hit the capital before market close.


Markets climbed on Thursday as optimism increased that we would see larger stimulus in the short-term. The 10-year treasury has moved back above 1% for the first time since March. This is in anticipation of increased borrowing activity that is expected as rates begin to press upward.


Disappointing job losses led to green on the market… This was as investors assumed that weak job data may push future stimulus to be larger. Had jobs had been added in December there may have been less incentive to act. The uptick faded late in the day, however, markets hung on to end the day in the green 0.54%.


The S&P 500 opened the week (and the year on a sour note). This set up what could have been a January pullback after a strong 2020 stock year. Markets shrugged off concerning events during the week and managed to gain 1.83% in the first week of 2021. Risks remain, volatility is up, but will remains to make sure our economy weathers the pandemic. This remains the largest threat to a recovery.

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