The S&P 500 slid 1.5 percent between Friday, January 8, and Friday, January 15. It was the index’s sharpest decline since the week ended October 30. The Nasdaq-100 slid 2.3 percent, while the Russell 2000 rallied 1.5 percent. That divergence between big and small has been typical lately as money shifts to value stocks and newer companies.
Stocks begin 2021 on a strong note as investors look for the global recovery to accelerate and prepare for a busy month of news and events.
The Presidential Election tomorrow won’t just determine who sits in the White House. Outcomes in Congress could also have a major impact on fiscal stimulus at the same time coronavirus threatens to shut down the economy again. There’s a Federal Reserve meeting, as well, plus key employment data and more corporate earnings.
Pinterest (PINS) announced yesterday it would issue 75 million shares for $15-17 each. Based on its 529 million share count, that translates into an overall valuation of $7.9 billion to $8.9 billion. The number immediately raised eyebrows because PINS was valued around $12 billion in the private market 22 months ago.