Wall Street Closes Higher for May
- US markets showed strong performance in May, with gains of around 7% for both the DJ30 and SPX500, while the NSDQ100 finished with double-digit gains for the month and more than 5% for the year.
- The SPX has recovered more than 35% from its March lows — the largest recovery in History.
- 85% of Russell 2000 stocks (IWM ETF) and 90% of SPX500 stocks are above their 50-day moving averages — a very bullish signal.
EU Coronavirus Stimulus
- EU leaders are working on a $1 trillion recovery fund, which is approximately 7% of EU GDP (14 trillion). The US stimulus package is around 10% of US GDP ($20 trillion).
- Italy would get a sum of around $81.8 billion and Spain would get $77.3 billion. The package also includes direct loans.
Will Bitcoin Finally Breach $10K?
- After testing $8,700 at the start of last week the $10K level is now in sight again.
- There are a few scenarios if BTC reaches $10,000 again: Prices may break through and hold above the mark, or there may be another selloff.
- Since last Month’s halving event, several miners have closed down operations, a fact which would lead to more centralization in the Bitcoin space.
US-China Tensions Escalate
- Last week the US Senate passed a bill that could restrict certain Chinese companies from listing on US exchanges, unless they comply with regulatory standards. However, it should not involve the biggest US-listed Chinese companies for the time being.
- At the same time, price action on main indices shows almost no fears of an imminent escalation of the conflict.
Travel Sector Recovery
- Spending on transportation is picking up. In the US the number of travellers in April declined to just 87,534, 96% lower compared to the same period last year.
- However, by May 22nd, the figure had more than tripled to 348,673, although still down 88% from last year.
- Air France rebounded 20% last week, recovering from lows not seen since 2009. The airline will resume its flights to and from Italy today, which make up more than 15% of the group’s flights. The 7 billion Euro aid given by the French government also helped the company maintain stability.
- The German government will take a 20% stake in Lufthansa, which is almost 9 billion Euro. The company will also benefit from a three-year, state-guaranteed loan of three billion euros from German public bank KfW.
The Week Ahead
- Earnings season coming to an end: Q1 average EPS is down about 14%, vs. -25% EPS expected.
- NFP report this Friday: There were more than 40 million initial jobless claims over the past 10 weeks. However, there has been a week-over-week decline for 8 weeks in a row
Written by a team of experienced financial analysts at eToro.
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