Wall Street saw biggest weekly gains in months

2024-03-25
Summary:

Asian stocks remained stable after the S&P 500's strongest weekly surge in 2024. The semiconductor index surged, driven by ongoing AI optimism.

Asian stocks were nearly flat on Monday after the S&P 500 registered its biggest weekly gain of this year. The semiconductor index soared again amid continued optimism over AI.

The Dow climbed 2%, also its biggest weekly gain since mid-December, while the Nasdaq rose 2.9%, its biggest since mid-January.


US companies' purchases of domestic equities through more stock buybacks and corporate acquisitions will hit a six-year high of $625 billion this year, about as much as mutual funds and pension houses will offload, Goldman Sachs said.


The bank estimated that mutual funds and pension funds will offload $300 and $325 billion of stocks respectively on a net basis as investors may seek protection from lower-risk assets such as bonds.


Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs said it expects S&P 500 companies' share repurchases to jump 13% to $925 billion this year, and then top $1 trillion next year.


Potentially lower borrowing costs is another catalyst. Traders now see about a 71% chance of the first rate cut hitting in June, according to the CME's FedWatch Tool.

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The Dow sits comfortably above its 50 EMA which could offer some support. There are few signs of a potential reversal of uptrend for now despite of overbought suggested by RSI.


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