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Market Update: Tues, Dec 1 2020 | LPL Financial Research

Market Update: Tues, Dec 1 2020 | LPL Financial Research

| December 02, 2020

COVID-19 May Threaten the Recovery

The stock market doesn’t appear fazed by the recent increase in COVID-19 outbreaks, but underlying economic data is beginning to reflect the latest government and consumer shutdowns. LPL Research’s Weekly Market Commentary explains potential economic effects of another lockdown.

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Daily Insights

Stocks off to a strong start in December. The S&P 500 Index is following global stocks higher at open as we enter the final month of the year.

  • Positive Asian manufacturing data helped spur international stocks overnight.
  • China, Japan, and South Korea were all up over 1%.
  • Europe is showing solid gains at midday.

Credit spreads have moved below historical averages.

  • Both investment-grade and high-yield corporate bond credit spreads have moved below historical averages, as measured by Bloomberg Barclays indexes.
  • Credit spreads have tightened quickly from their widest levels, reaching a level in months that took years after the 2008–09 recession.
  • We believe the current level still represents something close to fair value for early cycle, although there are risks from economic uncertainty around the latest COVID-19 surge.

November was a record-breaking month. Thanks to gridlock in Washington and positive vaccine news, November was a record-breaking month for stocks.

  • Best month for Dow since January 1987 (11.9%) and best November since 1928
  • Best month ever for the STOXX 600 (16.7%)
  • Best month ever for the Russell 2000 (18.3%)
  • Best month for the S&P 500 (10.8%) and Nasdaq (11.8%) since April 2020
  • Best month for Dow Transports since October 2011 (12.1%)
  • Best month from PHLX Semiconductor Index since March 2003 (18.4%)
  • Best month for Industrials (16.0%) and Financials (16.8%) since April 2009
  • Second best month ever for energy (28.0%)



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