April 26, 2017
After two days of back to back triple digit gains in the Dow for the first time since the election, overnight the torrid rally has faded, with European shares and U.S. stock futures little changed ahead of Trump’s big unveil of his much anticipated tax cut plan as investors seek new impetus for a flagging relief rally. And, if as some traders expect, the rally is likely to be reignited no matter what Trump announces today (although a less hyperbolic plan may in fact be more favorable for risk, as it makes Trump’s plan more likely instead of being shot down by Congress).
Despite the tapering of euphoria, world stocks hit another all time high on the back of strong earnings and the realization that whatever Trump says, the S&P – less than 1% from all time highs – will likely hit a new record. the MSCI world equity index, which tracks shares in 46 countries, was up 0.1% to a fresh record high. It is up nearly 2% this week and 8.35% since the start of the year. As Bloomberg’s David Ingles charts, the market cap of all stocks in the index, and thus the world, has just surpassed $50 trillion for the first time ever.
“On top of (the French election result) we have had a very decent set of corporate earnings in the U.S. and that helped push the market further along the same direction,” said Investec economist Philip Shaw. “I am unsure how further along we really are on the tax cutting agenda, but it is certainly not doing market sentiment any harm,” he added.
Further details on President Trump’s tax cutting plans are expected to be announced later on Wednesday, potentially reviving reflation bets. The threat of a U.S. government shutdown this weekend also receded after Trump backed away from demanding Congress include funding for his planned border wall with Mexico in a spending bill.
The dollar rebounded modestly for a second day after…