For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – November 9, 2018 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF (FAN - Free Report) , iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF (IHF - Free Report) , iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Emerging Markets ETF (EMGF - Free Report) , First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF (FDN - Free Report) and iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (MTUM - Free Report) .
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Here are highlights from Thursday’s Analyst Blog:
Is a Split Congress Good for the Market? ETFs in Focus
The U.S. mid-term election held on Nov 6 expectedly delivered a split Congress with Democrats taking control of the House and Republicans maintaining their hold over the Senate. And history says a “gridlock is good.”
And why not? Wednesday saw a larger-than-average post-midterms rally, which marks “the biggest post-midterms gain for both the Dow and S&P 500 since the day after the 1982 contests.” The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both gained more than 2% on Nov 7.
Per an IBD research report, S&P 500 returns during each two-year election cycle, from election day to election day, produced the best average of 18.7% when Congress was divided. “Unified control of Congress by the same party as the president yielded an average 17.3% two-year gain. When control of Congress was unified under the opposition party, gains averaged 15.7%,” per IBD.
A chart from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) shows that since 1928, stocks have delivered an annual average return of 12% in years with a Republican president in office and Congress was divided. And in the year subsequent to a mid-term election that delivers a Republican president and a split Congress, returns have been more than 20% on average.
During the course of Trump’s presidency – which started with both houses under Republicans’ control – markets rejoiced fiscal reflation like tax cuts but seesawed on trade war tensions. “Thus gridlock (nothing done, nothing undone) might not be a bad outcome, and has historically been a good environment for stocks,” per BAML analysts.
Rising Yields Will Likely be in Check
With expectations of a split Congress keeping Trump from pushing tax cuts further and keeping growing budget deficit under control, bond markets might see a check in rising rates. In absence of rising rate worries, stocks should trend higher.
Will Gridlock Keep the Fed from Being Outright Hawkish?
“There may be a view Democrats will rein in fiscal spending,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors, as quoted on MarketWatch. He also added that since fiscal reflation under the Trump presidency boosted U.S. economic growth, giving the Fed a leeway of hiking key rates faster, a political holdup may result in slower economic growth and a less hawkish Fed.
Investors should note that “ith tax cuts and the previous spending increase in the rearview mirror, the pace of growth is due to slow down”, believes Bill Diviney, senior economist at ABN Amro.
ETFs in Focus
Against this backdrop, we highlight below a few ETFs that have gained considerably following the results of mid-term elections.
It is one of the Democrat-friendly bets. First Trust Global Wind Energy ETF on Nov 7.
Since the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) looks difficult now, iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF jumped 3.8% and 2% on Nov 7 (read: Must-Watch ETF Areas Before Mid-Term Elections).
If a rise in treasury yields remains in check and a moderately growing U.S. economy keeps the greenback subdued, emerging market ETFs may rebound. iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor Emerging Markets ETF gained about 2.3% on Nov 7.
The space has been hit hard of late on overvaluation concerns and rising rate worries. Now a divided government may give the space some room to breathe and help it play out nicely on its own fundamentals. First Trust Dow Jones Internet ETF rose 3.1% on Nov 7 (read: Why to Buy the Dip in FAANG ETFs).
The fund tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Momentum Index. If there is a stock market rally, iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF should gain. The fund was up about 3% on Nov 7 (read: A New ETF on Breakout Stocks Enters Market).
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