The Two Stocks To Buy Amid Market-Media Tensions

Many stocks, with a few exceptions, moved up last week. Clearly, investors are seeing some cause for optimism out there, pushing the Dow back over 25,000.

But, you couldn't tell that from the news. I'm looking at a CNN headline, for instance, that reads: "COVID-19 cases are rising in 18 states." The business section leads with "Markets are pushing higher as lockdowns ease. But huge risks remain." However, in that same business section, decent gains are being reported, too.

So, there's clearly a "Reality Gap" between those negative headlines and the prevailing, generally positive mindset and upward moves in the markets. In that gap, there's plenty of room for making money.

Here's What's Really Keeping Markets Up

The truth is COVID-19 cases are rising in some states, even as they move toward reopening. And, there are plenty of risks ahead of us, from a persistent deficiency in testing, to the possibility of renewed, wildfire coronavirus outbreaks come autumn.

We've also got renewed diplomatic saber-rattling between Washington and Beijing over trade, the autonomous status of Hong Kong, and the coronavirus itself. As we've seen throughout the Trump administration's tenure, tension and unrest between the United States and China has a tendency to unnerve investors and traders.

But, these headlines give a very skewed impression of what's happening in the markets. Because, despite all that, the Dow was up 500 points Tuesday, May 26, another 450 on Wednesday, and 200 in pre-market trading on Thursday. The optimism that seems to mystify the mainstream media is really no mystery at all!

It's none other than the "Fed put;" massive, ultra-accommodative policy from the Fed, and the emerging consensus that we'll see some stimulus from Congress.

And, I don't expect its influence will wane anytime soon. The gap between the cautious media and bullish markets will be with us a while longer, absent, heaven forbid, any big surge of COVID-19 in a reopened state or a significant escalation in U.S.-China tensions.

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