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Market recap
Happy March FS Insight family! In February, the market maintained its strong momentum since the end of October last year. The S&P 500 rose by 5.2% in February, bringing the year-to-date (YTD) performance to 6.8%. Historically, after a strong first two months, the stock market tends to maintain this robust momentum.

We have listed below 21 years since 1950 where the stock market rose by more than 5% in the first two months:

  • As you can see, in 19 out of those 21 instances, the equity markets turned higher from March to the end of the year, with an average increase of about 13%.
  • The only two exceptions were in 1987 (Black Monday) and in 2011 (US Sovereign debt credit rating downgrades).
  • We will provide more seasonality analysis in our regular macro or technical notes.
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Turning to sectors, in February, cyclical sectors led the stock market rally, especially FANG+, which outperformed all other sectors. Other cyclical sectors also performed well, either beating the overall market performance or improving relative to January.

The only exception was the Communication Services sector, which was the worst performer if excluding the FANG+ components, META, NFLX,...

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