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30,000-foot view of US equity markets

17 December 2020

Research Signals - December 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 for the first time on 24 November 2020. For the month, the benchmark also recorded its best return in 33 years. We present an overview of noteworthy developments in US equity markets during this historic month.

  • The recent rotation to value and small cap stocks was underscored by the highest monthly return for the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF and iShares Russell 2000 ETF since their inception
  • Energy companies have seen a reduction in negative outlook from stock analysts at the expense of Information Technology, while some early signs of a turn in credit analyst sentiment emerged for Energy
  • Negative earnings revisions were also more prevalent among small caps relative to large caps for most of the year, but a noticeable reversal in this trend surfaced in November

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