Yesterday the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index spiked to its highest level in more than two years as new orders surged. That was a big improvement from the previous month, when coronavirus safety measures delayed work and kept employees at home.
Government shutdown? Nope. Trade war with China? Probably not if talks continue. Recession? Just when it looked like things were slowing down, the data turned positive. The pessimists just couldn’t win.
The S&P 500 rose less than 0.1 percent between Friday, February 1, and Friday, February 8. It was only the sixth and smallest advance in the last seven weeks, following the index’s sharp rebound in January. The index also had its narrowest weekly trading range (just 57 points) since late September.
The S&P 500 rose 1.2 percent between Friday, September 7, and Friday, September 14. It was the biggest weekly gain in two months, with more than two-thirds of the companies in the index gaining.