Record Small Business Optimism As Investors Buy The Dip

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Near-record optimism (again)

Small business owners are showing nearly the highest optimism readings in 45 years, confirming other surveys that are showing somewhere between multi-year to multi-decade extremes in optimism.

High levels in the past led to mixed returns, with the Russell 2000 underperforming the S&P 500. Small value stocks performed the worst going forward, while large growth stocks did the best.

Buy the dip

Investors have been buying intraday dips in 2017 to a record degree. Since the inception of S&P 500 futures, there has never been a time that exceeded what we’ve seen this year, according to a comparison of intraday versus close-to-close changes in the futures.

The only real comparison is 1995, which has come up time and again in studies this year.

FOMC seasonality

The S&P 500 has closed at a 52-week high on the eve of a Federal Reserve decision on interest rates 10 times since the bottom in 2009. It added to its gains 5 times the days of the decision.

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The post titled Record Small Business Optimism As Investors Buy The Dip was originally published as on on 2017-12-13.

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