The Dow Jones Is Booming – And This Time, the Rally Is for Real

The Dow Jones Industrial Average zoomed back above 25,000 on Wednesday, and this time, the rally looks like it is for real.



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The stock market isn't relying on big tech oomph any more. | Source: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose on Wednesday, building on yesterday’s big rally.
  • The rally is no longer led by mega tech companies, but by cyclicals, aerospace, travel, and small-caps.
  • It’s a broader, more healthy advance – which implies a stronger recovery.

The U.S. stock market quickly erased its explosive opening bell bounce, but the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is still clinging to a second straight day of gains.

The Dow surged more than 500 points yesterday, and this time, it’s for real. This isn’t the big-tech bounce like we saw drive the markets through April and May. This is a broad rally across risk-assets, commodities, and beat-up travel stocks.

Just look at who was headlining the rally before the opening bell today:

  • Norwegian Cruise +12%
  • Carnival +9%
  • Macy’s +9%
  • Tractor Supply Co. +8.7%
  • Royal Caribbean +8%
  • United Airlines +8%
  • Simon Property +5%

Other big risers this morning included Park Hotels, Boeing, and General Electric. This is a bet on a recovery for travel, offices, agriculture, aerospace, and commodities. It’s a much healthier swell compared to the last two months, which was powered by five tech stocks.

Dow clings to gains amid broad tech sell-off

The stock market continues to leave many investors and billionaires baffled with its anti-gravity rally.

The Dow followed yesterday’s aggressive move with a second day of gains today. As of 10:55 am ET, the index was up 73.43 points or 0.29% at 25,068.54.

dow jones industrial average, djia
The Dow fell from its session high, but it clung to gains even as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq careened into the red. | Source: Yahoo Finance

That’s nearly 300 points off its session high, but it’s a testament to the health of the rally.

After all, a big mid-morning sell-off in tech stocks wiped out the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, which are currently down 0.5% and 1.76% on the day.

Stock market broadens out

Since the March 23rd bottom, the S&P 500 powered higher on the back of Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple, and Netflix. This was a precarious rally, concentrated in a just a handful of stocks. Never a good sign.

But look what happened during yesterday’s explosive trading session. The biggest winners in the Dow Jones were 3M, Caterpillar, Goldman Sachs, and Raytheon. The biggest losers? Apple and Microsoft.

Industrials, financials, defense and aerospace led the way while big tech faded. That’s a good sign for a broader recovery. As Allianz’s chief economic advisor Mohamed El-Erian explained yesterday:

The risk on is across the board. It’s not just stocks, it’s other risk assets, it’s fixed income, it’s currencies and it’s commodities.

This Dow rally is broader and stronger

The S&P 500 recently became more concentrated than any time since the 1970s. Five stocks made up a whopping 25% of the index as investors fled to big-balance sheet safety.

S&P 500 concentration
The S&P 500 recently became more concentrated than anytime in the last 50 years. Source: Bank of America / Bloomberg

Slowly but surely, that money is flowing into other corners of the market. It may be too early to declare a full recovery, but it’s a positive sign.

The inflows into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) were telling yesterday. Among the biggest gainers was the U.S. Global Jets ETF, which tracks airlines (+11.8%). The Vanguard Financials ETF, which tracks banks, was up 5.75% and the DFEN aerospace ETF jumped 14%.

Not everyone is bullish up here

Despite the broadening out of the market, JP Morgan remains cautious. In a note issued yesterday, analysts warn that stocks could run out of momentum over the summer.

Investors should not overstay their welcome in the bounce, in our view, where we reiterate that it is likely to peter out as we enter summer.

George Gero at RBC Wealth Management also struck a defensive tone. He believes the ongoing tension between Trump and China may put a cap on a full recovery. Especially going into the election cycle in November.

I think we’re going to give back a little bit soon as more political headlines emerge and people start thinking about problems with China, problems in Europe, problems everywhere the investor looks.

The China problem reared its ugly head at the end of yesterday’s trading session. Trump’s threat to impose sanctions on Chinese companies knocked the wind out of the market’s momentum in the last hour of trading.

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Ben is a journalist with a decade of experience covering financial markets. Based in London, UK, his writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and he was Chief Editor at Block Explorer, the world's longest-running source of Blockchain data. Reach him at Twitter at _Ben_Brown. Email ben @ benjamin-brown.uk.