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The S&P 500 enjoyed its strongest weekly gain of the year, climbing 6% last week. This increase was fueled by a cooler-than-anticipated October jobs report, causing bond yields to drop.
However, JPMorgan’s chief global markets strategist, Marko Kolanovic, predicts that last week’s stock market rally is on the verge of losing momentum due to the Fed’s longer-term rate stance, heavy valuations, over-optimistic earnings expectations, diminishing pricing power, threatened profit margins, and ongoing economic slowdown.
In addition, Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel urges the Federal Reserve to be more flexible and potentially consider interest rate cuts sooner than expected due to the threat of an imminent recession, weak economic data, and controlled inflation. While he’s not predicting a recession, solid recent data, such as the low October ISM manufacturing index and underwhelming job additions in October, support his concerns.
Furthermore, dividend stocks offer reliable income and also act as a stable source of income during market uncertainties, providing financial security regardless of stock price fluctuations. Investors’ interest in dividend stocks is evident from the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF’s (SDY) 1.8% returns over the past month.
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