JP Morgan Strategist Expects Market to Hit New Highs Early 2021

If investors can deal with the temporary pain now, it sets them up nicely for some future gains down the road, particularly for U.S. equities–of course the question at this point is when? Market experts like Dubravko Lakos-Bujas, chief U.S. equity strategist at JPMorgan, posits that the stock market can recover from the steep drop-off to record highs early next year.

Per a recent CNBC report, Lakos-Bujas said that “he expects the S&P 500 to reach 3,400 in early 2021. That would top an all-time high of 3,386 set on Feb. 19. It is also 47% higher than the broad market average’s Friday close of 2,304.92.”

March 12 marked the official end of the extended bull market that saw many U.S. equities reach record highs, probably making some investors too exuberant in the market. Of course, their resolve has been well-tested since the coronavirus outbreak has been infecting the capital markets with a wave of panic-selling.

“Acknowledging that equity markets globally are now down 30-50% from their recent highs and that investor positioning has become increasingly favorable, we see an asymmetrical return profile for equities with upside significantly higher than downside over the next year,” wrote Dubravko Lakos-Bujas.

Investors are eagerly anticipating whether a federal stimulus package will help resuscitate the markets back to life. Some of the ideas being floated include payments to Americans and bailout for hard-hit industries like airlines.

“Aggressive fiscal policy needs to be undertaken immediately,” Lakos-Bujas said, noting that failure to pass such measures “would likely result in a broader capitulation of equities including the heavyweight momentum stocks.”

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