After China announced a surprise rate cut last week, central bankers from Japan to Britain went on the record this week indicating they are ready to flood the system with liquidity if need be. This was enough to continue to fuel the key indices to one month highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (chart) closed the week up 1.70%, the Nasdaq (chart) +0.50%, the S&P 500 (chart) +1.30% and the Russell 2000 (chart) +0.28%.
I thought you were supposed to sell in May and go away? Apparently not this year. The concern I have here is that the markets are rallying on stimulus hopes and not fundamentals. In looking at the most recent economic data released this week, manufacturing activity is falling sharply, consumer sentiment is at its lowest level in months and unemployment is still a big threat.
Looking ahead to next week, obviously the outcome of the Greek elections will be the highlight for the markets on Monday. One thing is for sure, no matter the what the results are, central banks from around the world are ready to do what it takes to stabilize the financial markets and financial system. This stance taken by the global bankers should continue to bode well for not only equities, but in particular gold. Good luck to all.
Have a great weekend 🙂