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US Stocks Have Done Well This Year. Will This Continue in 2024?

November 27th, 2023 -

About 3 Mins
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In 2024, U.S. equities may continue to outperform, although the gains might not be as significant as they were this year. The stock market has experienced a strong few weeks, especially for the big tech stocks known as the Magnificent Seven. These stocks, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Tesla, have been responsible for most of the market’s gains in 2023.

Some investors are concerned about the narrow winners’ circle and the lack of breadth in the market. The strength of these tech stocks has also been evident on a global scale, with the MSCI USA index performing much better than the MSCI ACWI ex-USA index. The outperformance of the Magnificent Seven is due to their presence in sectors like Consumer Discretionary, Information Technology, and Communication Services. Other sectors in the rest of the world have performed similarly or slightly better than those in the U.S.

When looking at specific industry groups, software & services, semiconductors & semiconductor equipment, media & entertainment, and technology hardware & equipment have contributed significantly to the increase in the MSCI USA Index. Recent earnings reports have shown strong fundamentals for U.S. tech companies, leading to higher earnings estimates and valuations. As a result, it is expected that the U.S. stock market will continue to outperform in the next couple of years.

Some experts predict a year-end rally and believe that the Federal Reserve may adopt a more dovish stance in December, which could further support the market. However, there are dissenting views, with predictions of a potential slowdown in the U.S. economy. Despite this, the consensus remains that the U.S. stock market will continue to outperform, even if there is a mild and brief downturn. The growing enthusiasm for artificial intelligence is expected to contribute to the outperformance of U.S. tech stocks in the long term. Overall, while it’s unlikely that the S&P 500 will see returns close to 20% in 2024 as it did in 2023, U.S. stocks may still outperform the rest of the market.

This content is provided for general information purposes only and is not to be taken as investment advice nor as a recommendation for any security, investment strategy or investment account.
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