The CDC says COVID-19 will now run rampant through the U.S. population. The result could be a devastating flash crash for the stock market.
On Monday, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admitted that the U.S. has “way too much virus” to control the pandemic after a worrying spike in cases across the country. This means that the virus will ravage through the population in the coming weeks. It will not stop until it has claimed all its victims, including the U.S. stock market.
The U.S. stock market was rallying in hopes of a V-shaped recovery. Progressive reductions in weekly jobless claims were one of the key reasons.
The CDC’s confession will ensure that V-shaped recovery dreams begin to fade as reality starts to hit.
The stock market bulls kept believing that the virus hit its peak on April 24, when 39,116 cases got reported in a single day.
That number was the highest single-day surge before June 26, which saw 47,341 cases reported. More worryingly, this was before the CDC came out with their statement.
The U.S. stock market surged on the belief that job losses were temporary. The claims kept incrementally reducing, dropping to 1.48 million in mid-June from peaks of 7 million in April. Investors thought things would gradually return to normal as more Americans got their job back.
However, they were mistaken.
The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly half of the U.S. adult workforce is out of jobs.
The recent spike in cases will deal a psychological blow to businesses. Having to endure another lockdown or operate under restrictions will hinder the ability of companies to rehire workers.
The COVID-19 era has forced the labor market to transform. Businesses need to ensure all employees operate with proper protective equipment, which will drive costs upwards.
Ever since the U.S. stock market hit the March lows, the recovery has perfectly coincided with the rise in the Fed’s balance sheet. When the balance sheet expansion stopped, the market pulled back in harmony.
Meanwhile, this growing bubble caused a big disconnect with the real economy.
It sure looks like the U.S. stock market has a ton of things to absorb. In the weeks to come, the fact that the U.S. economy will emerge from the pandemic with a permanent scar is going to weigh heavily on the stock market. Sooner or later, a crash will restore sanity.
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Last modified: September 23, 2020 2:01 PM