Stocks trade after optimism reopens, but the risks remain, says Jim Cramer
The stock market is betting on reopening optimism, which will cause technology stocks to fall and cyclical stocks to rise in Tuesday’s session, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said.
While key averages were all down at close of trading, Cramer said the action was defined by a decline in consistent operators and an increase in sporadic boom-and-bust stocks.
“It’s all about optimism, people. Investors vote with their feet,” said the host of “Mad Money”. “They’re leaving those secular growth stories, the stocks of companies that do well regardless of whether the economy is hot or cold. Instead, they find their way into stocks of companies that only make big bucks when business is booming.” “
The comments come after the overall market pulled back on Monday’s gains that followed a tough sell-off last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 144 points Tuesday to 31,391.52, down 0.46%. The S&P 500 retreated 0.81% to 3,870.29. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell 1.7% to 13,358.79.
The S&P sector indices, with the exception of materials, also traded lower during the session. The market was toughest in tech and consumer staples, with both indices dropping more than 1% along with the Nasdaq.
Cramer said the market activity reflects investors betting on the chances that citizens will soon be able to drop their Covid-19 protective masks and that states will soon be dropping coronavirus restrictions thanks to the country’s advances in vaccines The economy can return to normal. Still, a tug-of-war remains between those who are optimistic and those who are cautious, he added.
Texas and Mississippi governors on Tuesday announced plans to lift mandates to wear masks and all restrictions on doing business in their states.
“You bet we’ll soon be able to rip our masks off and get back to normal, and that’s the core of this market right now,” Cramer said. “Right now, it’s the people who believe our long national nightmares are over. They are the ones who win.”
However, he warned that the moment in the market is still prone to risk. Cramer said the country could reopen too quickly and that variants of the virus, such as the strain first spotted in South Africa, could lead to further spikes if the country drops its guard.
While President Joe Biden expects to sign a $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package that will be on its way through Congress later this month, any hiccups in Senate enforcement could hit the market impact.
“There’s still a lot that could go wrong,” said Cramer.
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