Jobs and elections will hurt share prices
by Peter Switzer
What that means is if voters reject the fiscal discipline needed to satisfy creditors, and they don’t meet their debt repayments, it would result in bankruptcy as well as an exit from the euro in the case of Greece.
Over the weekend the poor jobs figures in the US took the Dow down 168.32 points or 1.27 per cent to 13,038.27 while the S&P 500 lost 22.47 points or 1.61 per cent to finish at 1369.10.
For the year the Dow is up 6.72 per cent, the S&P 500 is up 8.87 per cent and the Nasdaq is up a whopping 13.48 per cent but it’s losing momentum as question marks over the economic recovery emerge.
In a nutshell US economic uncertainty would be added to with eurozone uncertainty and that will show up in the stock market.
Of course, I have been predicting a sell-off was to be expected given the big start for stock markets worldwide this year and now the real testing point has arrived.
To understand what is happening, have a look at Apple’s share price. Not long ago it was $644 and now it’s $565. That’s around a 12 per cent decline and this stock has been a big driver of the indexes this year. The technical analysts tell me that it’s now below its 50-day moving average, which is a bearish sign.
Thankfully company profit reporting has been better than expected with 67 per cent of companies out of the 415 that have reported in the S&P 500 index beating the Street’s guesstimates.
Throw in the election uncertainty from Europe and now two of the big market movers — the US economy and Europe’s struggle with debt — have turned sour while the third one — the Chinese economic recovery — still looks to be a positive.
Ahead this week we have the Budget and that will dominate local market news but I suspect the stock market will attract a bit of attention given what we’ve seen over the weekend.
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Published on: Monday, May 07, 2012
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