Wall St Week Ahead-Soft landing hopes for US economy brighten outlook on stocks
The benchmark S&P 500 .SPX has rebounded about 15% since mid-June, halving its year-to-date loss, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite .IXIC is up 20% over that time. Many of the so-called meme stocks that had been pummeled in the first half of the year have come screaming back, while the Cboe Volatility Index .VIX, known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, stands near a four-month low.手机新2管理端（www.hg108.vip）实时更新发布最新最快最有效的手机新2管理端网址,包括新2手机网址,新2备用网址,皇冠最新网址,新2足球网址,新2网址大全。
NEW YORK: Optimism is seeping back into the U.S. stock market, as some investors grow more convinced that the economy may avoid a severe downturn even as it copes with high inflation.
The benchmark S&P 500 .SPX has rebounded about 15% since mid-June, halving its year-to-date loss, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite .IXIC is up 20% over that time. Many of the so-called meme stocks that had been pummeled in the first half of the year have come screaming back, while the Cboe Volatility Index .VIX, known as Wall Street’s fear gauge, stands near a four-month low.
In the past week, bullish sentiment reached its highest level since March, according to a survey from the American Association of Individual Investors. Earlier this year, that gauge tumbled to its lowest in nearly 30 years,when stocks swooned on worries over how the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening would hit the economy.
“We have experienced a fair amount of pain, but the perspective in how people are trading has turned violently towards a glass half full versus a glass half empty,” said Mark Hackett, Nationwide’s chief of investment research.
Data over the last two weeks bolstered hopes that the Fed can achieve a soft landing for the economy. While last week’s strong jobs report allayed fears of recession, inflation numbers this week showed the largest month-on-month deceleration of consumer price increases since 1973.,
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The shift in market mood was reflected in data released by BoFA Global Research on Friday: tech stocks saw their largest inflows in around two months over the past week, while Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, or TIPS, which are used to hedge against inflation, notched their fifth straight week of outflows.
“If in fact a soft landing is possible, then you’d want to see the kind of data inputs that we have seen thus far," said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at B. Riley Wealth. "Strong jobs number and declining inflation would both be important inputs into that theory.”
Through Thursday, the S&P 500 was up 1.5% for the week, on track for its fourth straight week of gains.
Until recently, optimism was hard to come by. Equity positioning last month stood in the 12th percentile of its range since January 2010, a July 29 note by Deutsche Bank analysts said, and some market participants have attributed the big jump in stocks to investors rapidly unwinding their bearish bets.
With stock market gyrations dropping to multi-month lows, further support for equities could come from funds that track volatility and turn bullish when market swings subside.