July 10, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

Mega-cap technology stocks power Wall Street higher ahead of Q2 earnings.

The Nasdaq Composite was where most of the action was this week, as it rose 4.0% and closed at a record high in four of the five trading sessions. The S&P 500 rose a respectable 1.8%, followed by a 1.0% gain in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The small-cap Russell 2000, however, declined 0.6%.

July 10, 2020 Weekly Market Recap

The S&P 500 consumer discretionary (+4.8%), communication services (+4.7%), and information technology (+2.7%) sectors were largely responsible for the market’s advance. Conversely, the energy (-4.6%), real estate (-1.8%), industrials (-1.4%), health care (-0.9%), and utilities (-0.2%) sectors finished lower.

This week’s action started with a front-page editorial in one of China’s state-run news outlets that suggested a “healthy bull market” was imminent for Chinese stocks. China’s Shanghai Composite rose 7.3% this week. On Wall Street, the bull market in mega-cap technology stocks was hard to miss.

Tesla (TSLA) rose 27% in a pure momentum trade. Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Alphabet (GOOG), and Facebook (FB) rose between 3-6%. Amazon (AMZN) rose 10% — brushing past reports that Walmart (WMT) is planning to launch a competing delivery service this month. WMT shares also gained 10%.

On Friday, many of the mega-cap technology stocks did take a breather, as investors rotated back into cyclical/value stocks following some positive Remdesivir news. Gilead Sciences (GILD) said new data showed an improvement in severely-ill COVID-19 patients and a 62% reduction in the risk of mortality compared to the standard of care.

In M&A news, Warren Buffett made his first major deal during the pandemic, agreeing to acquire Dominion Energy’s (D) natural gas assets for $4 billion in cash and assuming $5.7 billion in debt. Uber (UBER) agreed to acquire Postmates for $2.65 billion.

U.S. Treasuries finished the week mixed. The 2-yr yield increased one basis point to 0.16%, while the 10-yr yield decreased four basis points to 0.63%. The U.S. Dollar Index declined 0.7% to 96.63. WTI crude increased 0.4% to $40.57/bbl.

Source: Briefing Investor

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Mike Minter

Mike develops investment portfolio allocations, handles trading and rebalancing, and conducts research and analysis as a Portfolio Manager and Financial Advisor for the firm. As a perpetual student of investing and the markets, Mike considers himself obsessed with the subject. Mike has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and Certified Fund Specialist® designations. He is also an active member of the Houston chapter of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

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