E US Stock Market Weekly Update May 4 - May 8, 2020

The US stock market closed on Friday, May 8, 2020, with weekly gains for all major stock indexes. The Nasdaq has now gained on a year-to-date basis. But we believe that  the stock market and many of its stocks are currently disconnected from the fundamentals and the severity of the negative economic impact the coronavirus crisis is having on the economy.

In a week during which the April monthly jobs report revealed that more than 20 million jobs were lost in one month, and the US unemployment rate spiked to 14.7%, the highest level in almost 80 years, the stock market completely ignored this bad news and rallied on Friday, May 8, 2020, the day of the jobs report release. It seems that the FOMO effect (fear of missing out) in trading and investing in stocks is dominating over logic, valuations and fundamentals for now. The stock market reacted positively to the very negative jobs report on hopes that about 80% of the job losses were reported to be temporary layoffs, meaning that with the gradual reopening of the economy these jobs will be added back to the economy and contribute to the total consumer spending. It remains for now to see the validity and truth of this estimate.

United States Non-Farm Payrolls

“The US economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, less than market expectations of a 22 million cut, and after declining by 870K in March. It is the largest drop ever, bringing total employment to 131 million, the lowest level since February 2011,  and owing to the coronavirus pandemic and consequent restrictive lockdown restrictions and business closures. Job losses were widespread, with the largest (7.7 million) decline occurring in leisure and hospitality. Almost three-quarters of the decrease occurred in food services and drinking establishments (5.5 million). Employment also fell in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry (1.3 million) and in the accommodation industry (839,000). The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised down by 45,000 to +230,000, and the change for March was revised down by 169,000 to -870,000. With these revisions, employment changes in February and March combined were 214,000 lower than previously reported.”

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Andrew Armstrong 1 year ago Member's comment

Heading up to $12-$13... then on to $24-$30