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The Strongest January Since 1987 Lifts U.S. Stocks

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Louis Navellier


  • This January was the strongest in 32 years, especially for small-capitalization stocks, which had their strongest start in over 40 years.
  • I believe that companies which continue to surprise and guide higher, like Boeing, will continue to be market leaders.
  • In other words, China’s economic slowdown, Brexit, and other global events are now influencing the Fed.

The S&P 500 rose 2.34% last week, nearly 8% in January, and 15% since Christmas. This January was the strongest in 32 years, especially for small-capitalization stocks, which had their strongest start in over 40 years. Despite this strength, the market initially got up on the wrong side of the bed last week after some big companies warned that sales were slowing down, mostly due to a lack of demand from China.


Complicating matters further for these multinational companies is the fact that the U.S. dollar remains strong, while the Chinese yuan and most other currencies remain weak, so when multinational companies are paid in eroding currencies, they all too often have to issue revenue warnings. The eurozone’s growth is now increasingly precarious. Since approximately 50% of the S&P 500’s sales are generated outside of the U.S., I expect more multinational companies to issue revenue warnings in the upcoming weeks.

Fortunately, some multinational companies are prospering. For example, on Wednesday, Boeing (BA) posted a substantial earnings surprise and provided positive guidance. So far, fourth-quarter results for S&P 500 stocks are running at an annual sales gain of 7.4% and annual earnings pace of around 13%. I believe that companies which continue to surprise and guide higher, like Boeing, will continue to be market leaders.

Navellier & Associates owns BA in managed accounts and a sub-advised mutual fund. Louis Navellier and his family do not own BA privately.

“As January Goes, So Goes the Year”?

With January up 8%, the saying “as January goes, so goes the year” is obviously a good omen. Between 1950 and 2017, the January barometer has been correct 58 of 67 times (about 87%), according to The Stock Trader's Almanac. However, I still expect market leadership to become increasingly narrow in the upcoming months, simply because earnings momentum

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jprizzuto profile picture
this was brilliant louie..."I believe that companies which continue to surprise and guide higher, like Boeing, will continue to be market leaders."
Strongest Jan since 1987 due to a ‘pausing’ Fed (? 2 hikes in 2019). But what happened in Oct 1987?
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