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March Madness—Stock Market Edition

March Madness—Stock Market Edition

| March 16, 2021

March Madness: Stock Market Edition

LPL Research share their “Final Four Factors” for the stock market in 2021 in this week’s Weekly Market Commentary, available at 1 p.m. ET.

Daily Insights

U.S. stocks open little changed as reopening theme continues to dominate.

  • European markets are broadly higher in midday trading.
  • Asian stocks were mixed overnight with China underperforming following a mixed-bag of economic releases.

Week ahead

Economic events this week include:

Technical update

The S&P 500 Index closed at record highs the final two days of last week, completing a 2.6% gain for the week. Despite the Nasdaq Composite’s correction, breadth remains strong as the Cumulative Advance-Decline lines for both the S&P 500 and broader New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) closed at all-time highs. The 10-year Treasury yield hit a post-crisis high last week, touching 1.64% on Friday.

COVID-19 news

The United States reported 38,000 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down 8% week over week as the rate of decline in cases continues to moderate (source: Johns Hopkins).

  • Vaccination efforts continue to accelerate, with about 20% of the U.S. population receiving at least one shot of the vaccine.
  • Vaccine shots per day averaged 2.4 million over the past week.
  • Going forward, we will be providing COVID-19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.

Fore Things To Know

LPL Research Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick lists four things investors need to know about the market and a special thank you to a 30-year veteran of the financial industry in this week’s Market Signals podcast.



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