By Bill Hornbarger, Chief Investment Officer
Three Things to Know
- The S&P 500 was up 76% in the year following the pandemic low of March 23, 2020. The second year following post WWII 30% declines (bear markets) stocks were up every time with an average gain of 17%. (Source: CNBC)
- The Alerian MLP index was up 103.1% for the one-year period ended April 1, 2021. Despite that extraordinary 12-month performance, the index still posts negative returns for three (-2.98%), five (-1.30%) and 10 years (-0.93%). (Source: Morningstar)
- There are 357 schools that play Division 1 basketball with 13 allotted scholarship players each for a total of 4,641 student-athletes. As of Sunday (April 4) 1,194 players or 25.7% were in the transfer portal looking for another school to play at and the season hasn’t been completed yet. (Source: 247 Sports)
Three Things to Watch
- Investors will be looking for clues to future monetary policy with minutes of the Feds most recent meeting to be released Tuesday and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell to speak on Thursday.
- Friday’s March employment report was a blowout and well above consensus. Bonds had a shortened session and a somewhat muted reaction while equities were closed for Good Friday. This week will feature an important reading on the service side of the economy (ISM Services Index) as well as durable goods and capital goods orders on Monday, and Producer Prices (Friday).
- The impact of the most recent fiscal stimulus should be more visible this week as well as any progress on the administration’s multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plans and proposed tax hikes.
The above information reflects the current opinion of the author. It is based upon sources and data believed to be accurate and reliable. Opinions and forward looking statements expressed are subject to change without notice. This information does not constitute a solicitation or an offer to buy or sell any security mentioned.