The stock market had its worst week in months, as GameStop mania took over. Concern over what the massive moves in some of the most shorted stocks could mean are heightened, while overall economic data remains strong. This week the LPL Strategists try to put it all together
GameStop, What Does It Mean?
GameStop gained more than 1,600% in January, as shorts were forced to cover, producing one of the largest short covering rallies ever. Is this the first domino to fall? The LPL Strategists don’t think this is the start of an overall unhealthy market, but institutions covering shorts at sizable losses may be removing capital from some big cap names.
Earnings Season Is Off To A Great Start
Fourth quarter earnings season is doing tremendous, as according to FactSet, 37% of the S&P 500 Index has reported earnings, with 83% beating estimates. In fact, earnings are expected to be down 2.6% now, from down 11% at the start of the year. As the LPL Strategists noted, earnings drive long-term stock gains and this is a great sign for 2021.
The Super Bowl Indicator
Please note, you should never invest based on who wins the Super Bowl, but this is a fun one to discuss. Historically, stocks do better when an NFC team wins the Big Game (10.2% on average) versus an AFC team (7.1% on average). As the LPL Strategists pointed out though, stocks have gained 10 of the past 11 times the AFC won, so this is far from perfect. Lastly, the S&P 500 gained 26.4% the last time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won, so is rooting for Tom Brady justified?
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