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Weekly Market Update 03-27-21

by Justin Long, on Mar 30, 2021

My apologies for the late delivery of this week’s update, I was fortunate enough get my COVID19 vaccine last week, however the impact of that turned out to be far greater than I had anticipated and took its toll on me over the weekend.

Back at it this morning and in another bifurcated week the market as a whole seems to be looking for direction. This feels like it will continue for a while as we sort out re-openings as well as the vaccine count climbs.With the first week  week or so of spring we should have then, with our turn right into summer jsut around the corner.  I look forward to the renewed season and hope springs eternal for a year with, let’s call it less bumps.

Now onto the numbers this week --
The S&P 500 went through some mild swings this week with technical and quarter-end rebalancing factors in effect, but it ultimately ended with a 1.6% gain. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (+1.4%) also closed higher, while the Nasdaq Composite (-0.6%) and Russell 2000 (-2.9%) lost ground.

That's not to downplay the week's news flow because there was a lot of noteworthy events, but the market just didn't want to fit into a clean narrative. The 10-yr yield declined seven basis points to 1.66%, but the mega-caps within the consumer discretionary (-0.2%) and communication services (-1.9%) sectors still underperformed.

One day, the market was rallying on positive-sounding macro news, but it sold off into the close for no apparent reason. The one constant was that the S&P 500's 50-day moving average (3874) proved once again to be a strong measure of support, as it has over the past 11 months. After the benchmark index slipped below it on Thursday, buyers stepped in and followed through over the remainder of the week. All of the S&P 500's weekly gain came on Friday.

Nine of the 11 S&P 500 sectors contributed to the advance, and eight rose at least 2.0%, including the real estate sector with a 4.2% gain. The top-weighted information technology sector gained 2.5%.

Reviewing some of the week's positive-sounding news:
  • President Biden will announce an infrastructure plan next week (reportedly with a price tag of up to $4 trillion).
  • Weekly initial claims declined by 97,000 to 684,000 (Briefing.com consensus 710,000) for its lowest level since last March.
  • More states said they will expand vaccine eligibility.
  • Intel (INTC) announced plans to invest $20 billion to build two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Arizona.
  • The eurozone reported stronger-than-expected flash March Manufacturing PMIs.
In other developments, Fed Chair Powell and Treasury Secretary Yellen testified before Congress on the CARES Act in a non-event for the market. AstraZeneca's (AZN) encouraging U.S. vaccine trial data was questioned by an independent panel, but the company confirmed its vaccine was 76% effective against symptomatic COVID-19.
As always it is a pleasure to bring you this weekly update, if there is anything else I can assist with or some clarity that you would like let's schedule some time to connect soon. 



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Source: Week in perspective provided by Briefing.com. Briefing.com offers live market analysis on their web site www.Briefing.com.

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