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S&P 500 posts best January since ’87, but is it sustainable?

By February 5, 2019 No Comments

It was the best January since 1987 for the S&P 500! Is it sustainable?

The S&P 500 advanced nearly 8% last month. Apple and Nike enjoyed positive returns in January, and according to KNX1070’s Frank Mottek, Boeing traded above $400 per share for the first time!

What else contributed to the best month in three decades?

Apple reportedly reached an agreement to settle a dispute regarding back taxes that perhaps contributed to their stock gains over the past month.

“Stocks have staged an impressive comeback in January following last year’s volatility. The economy and jobs market remains strong, diminishing investors’ fear for a near-term recession,” according to Evie Liu of Barron’s.

Apple settled their 10-year tax battle with the French Government, “French news sources said the amount was $571 million. The agreement settles a 10-year battle with the French government. Apple stock gained 2.8% Monday and is up 20% from an early January low,” according to Ann R. Elliot of Investor Business Daily

Clorox’s 2018 revenue reflects the strength of their brand equity with consumers.

 

What are the hottest stocks during this trend?

Nike continued to climb through Monday’s closing bell, in fact, all but three of those included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average have experienced growth over the past month. Consumer product giant Clorox, grew another five percent in just 24 hours on Monday, February 4th, aligned with their recent trend which included over 20% growth in stock value during 2018.

Are these gains sustainable?

The last time S&P experienced such a substantial increase was in January 1987 when the index jumped a whopping 13%. Later in 1987, markets around the world crashed in what is now known as “Black Monday”. Is this current uptick something to celebrate or perhaps an indicator of trouble ahead?

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