The Federal Reserve’s in a tricky spot this week, committed to dovish monetary policy as the economy roars back from the coronavirus pandemic.
First, the change can be explained by higher interest rates and higher commodity prices. This is stoking demand for “cyclical” companies like industrials and financials that benefit from more gross domestic product. Many of these companies struggled before the crisis and are now being rediscovered for the first time in years.
Executives told investors revenue will grow more than 50 percent annually for “multiple” years, according to reports on Reuters, Bloomberg and CNBC. That’s more than 12 percentage points above the previous consensus estimate for next year.
This practice can help manage volatility because not all stocks move the same way when the broader market swings. It also prevents a big drop in a single security from inflicting major damage on an account. And perhaps most important, diversification can reduce the kind of bad emotional reactions that happen when accounts swing in value.
Twitter (TWTR) is up 27 percent since Friday, February 5. That makes it the best-performing member of the S&P 500 for the period. It’s also the biggest weekly gain for Jack Dorsey’s social-media company since February 2015.
Alphabet (GOOGL) made the biggest splash, spiking more than 12 percent to new record highs. The search giant benefited from a stay-at-home boom in online advertising. But a lot more is going on.
The S&P 500 plunged 3.3 percent between Friday, January 22, and Friday, January 29. It was the biggest weekly decline since October, with 85 percent of the index’s members losing value. The selloff also dragged stocks into negative territory on a year-to-date basis.
Apple led a busy week of earnings by crushing estimates as users clambered for new iPhones. Most other companies also had strong results — especially chip makers and industrials.
The video-game retailer entered the session with a year-to-date gain of over 1,600 percent, propelled by a short squeeze of epic proportions. Seconds after 10 a.m. ET, it reached a high of $483. GME then reversed and plunged 77 percent to $112.25 by 11:25 a.m. before bouncing.