Good morning, traders!
The S&P 500 ($SPY) is trading near yesterday’s close. Let’s get into it…
The stock market is approaching the end of 2023 on a strong note, with significant attention on the S&P 500 as it nears record levels. The recent trading days have seen modest but consistent gains in major stock indices. These positive trends follow a successful trading session on Wall Street, marking a robust close to the year.
A notable highlight is the S&P 500’s approach to its record closing high set in January 2022, now just 0.5% away. The Nasdaq-100 also achieved an all-time high in its previous session. Overall, 2023 has been a prosperous year for stocks, with the Dow and S&P 500 expected to end the year with gains of 13% and 24%, respectively. The Nasdaq Composite, boosted by major technology companies and the artificial intelligence boom, is set for a 44% increase, marking its most significant annual gain since 2003.
The current market surge is part of the “Santa Claus rally,” a term for the typically positive market performance in the final days of a year and the beginning of the next. Historically, the S&P 500 has seen an average increase of about 1.3% during this period. Market analysts, like Scott Wren of Wells Fargo Investment Institute, have observed a recent wave of enthusiasm in the market, contributing to these gains. However, there is caution about potential over-optimism, especially regarding future interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve.
Investors are also keeping an eye on economic data and corporate news. For instance, there’s anticipation around Tesla’s plans to revamp its Model Y by mid-2024. The broader market, including small-cap stocks, has experienced a positive trend, with particular stocks like Netflix, Microsoft, and Datadog maintaining strong positions. The Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq have all shown positive movement, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 hitting new 52-week highs and the Russell 2000 overcoming long-term resistance. This overall upward trend reflects a resilient and potentially optimistic outlook for the stock market as 2023 comes to a close.
Wednesday Economic Events:
Redbook 8:55am ET
Richmond Services Index 10:00am ET
5-Year Note Auction 1:00pm ET
Fed Speaker Scheduled:
No Fed Speakers Scheduled
Stock Market Holidays:
New Year’s Day – January 1, 2024 – Closed
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