Listless U.S. Stock ETFs Try to Find Their Momentum

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds were relatively flat Monday as investors continued to break down the Federal Reserve’s rate hike decision and looked to global events for their next cue.

The S&P 500 Index, along with related funds including the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: IVV) and Vanguard 500 Index (NYSEArca: VOO), were unchanged Monday.

Market momentum may be waning as investors grow weary over the lack of clarity on President Donald Trump’s promised policy changes and the Fed’s recent conservative rate guidance.

U.S. equities have been on a record run ever since the election after Trump promised to cut taxes, rollback regulations and enact trillions in fiscal spending. However, analysts now say Trump may be using up all his goodwill in trying to pass a Republican proposed healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, which may leave him with less support once he decides to push tax reforms.

“With tax reform and infrastructure spending getting pushed to the end of this year or even next year, it will eventually weigh on sentiment and business confidence,” Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab, told Reuters. “Eventually, the market will lose patience.”