After the trade conflicts between US and China have toned down, Federal Reserve indicated the increase in stock rates. Stock levels would need to increase a lot in order to compete with the figures of the previous year. NASDAQ Composite is 5.5% low from their set record while both S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average are just mere 4% far from their average high figure. The chief catalysts behind toning down the conflict of China and US have also observed increase in their stocks. Economic data currently has been a mixture. The possible weakness have come to the forefront during a vulnerable time when global central banks are afraid of a decrease in pace of global economy. Investors are worried regarding corporate profits being at stake.
Prime strategist in marketing of Prudential Financial, Quincy Krosby said that currently what the market requires the most is proper data directing that economical growth is in progress. Even though it is increasing at a slow pace but it is not static. Market is right now concerned about the fact that economic progress might come to a static state. Citi Economic Surprise Index is hugely followed as a parameter to check how economic data is relative to expectations of economists. The index has touched almost -35 and has been the lowest at the beginning of this month since August 2017. The negative margin portrays that a huge share of estimates are missing on the economic data while positive figures show that market has performed beyond expectations.
In fact, the job market of US has been quite low in February. Only about 20,000 job vacancies were available. Critics referred to factors government shutdown and weather behind the critical situation of job market. Nonetheless, the figures have been the lowest since September 2017. An increase in the retail sales is another criterion for serving as a capable catalyst.