A year ago we asked 16 industry experts and MODERN TRADER analysts to provide their forecast for various market sectors in 2017. More than half had a positive outlook on the S&P 500, but only Dan Gramza predicted that the S&P would gain more than 15%. Alan Bush, Joe Cornell, Carl Larry and Tim Melvin all predicted the broad market would gain more than 10% in 2017.
A week ago, heavily weighted tech stocks were taken to the woodshed. By far the most important market observation we could have is to see how they’ve recovered. If they don’t recover, there is little hope for the market to get a sustained leg up through the summer.
This brings us to Friday's widely-publicized "Tech Wreck." Ahead of the weekend, the massive, former market-leading FAAMG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google) led a big reversal in U.S. tech stocks. As of writing, each of those stocks is trading off over 5% from their intraday highs, and the NAsdaq 100 index of technology stocks is trading off by over 4% as a result.
Well, no one saw that coming! U.S. technology stocks took a big plunge today, causing the Nasdaq 100 index to drop 1.5% from a fresh record high that it had hit earlier in the day. Technology stocks have been rallying aggressively in recent times, as momentum-chasing speculators bought names such as Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and et al. like there was no tomorrow.
It was a decent week for the stock market. Why? It could be because President Donald Trump was out of the country and the dialogue shifted away from scandal to geopolitics. The stock market didn’t have a chance to get upset as everyone took a breather from the growth agenda being interrupted. But he’s back and the domestic problems have not gone away. Who knows what they’ll come up with next.
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said on Wednesday they have been aware since the end of last year of a security breach at the CIA and were focusing on contractors as the likeliest source of documents being passed on to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks detailing the agency's hacking tools.