A retracement of the recent gains is underway for the major averages amid divergent market forces that are weighing on equities this past week. While emerging markets have caught a fresh bid off of multi-month lows, the U.S. jobs data, although upbeat, have failed to top whisper numbers that were well above the 192,000 non-farm payrolls reported last Friday. The market was looking for something more along the lines of 220,000 jobs.
In addition, the wave of initial public offerings drew huge amounts of capital out of Nasdaq momentum names, thereby creating a large vacuum underneath the tech-heavy sector that spilled over into the S&P and Dow, pulling those averages back down to key technical support levels. Today's early follow-through to the downside comes in a market with few catalysts to turn sentiment around before earnings begin to roll in later this week.Read
A lot of expected events this year are getting a delayed start. The warmth of spring and the blooming of the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. are behind schedule, as is the resumption of the torrid rally for U.S. equities that characterized 2013. The market has run into several headwinds during the first quarter, and they are just now getting worked off to a point where it's beginning to feel like many of the negative factors that have punished stocks of late have been discounted if not fully priced in.
Legitimate investor concerns exist about whether China's growth is stalling out or just taking a pause in its transition from a manufacturing economy to a consumer economy. Europe is weighing fiscal stimulus to ward off deflationary pressures that could morph into negative savings rates. Japan's Nikkei has tumbled nearly 15% since January as a strong yen portends of sliding future finished-goods exports that Japan's economy so heavily depends on. Russia's ambitious annexing of Crimea, and now likely of eastern Ukraine as well, is becoming a more central and volatile issue by the day.Read
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