Craig Johnson’s

Stock Market Summary

Monday, April 4, 2016

  • After a breather the prior week, stocks came roaring back last week. The advance was led by the smaller capitalization stocks.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained about 1.50% for the week, while the S&P 500 was up 1.72%. The Nasdaq Composite had a good week with a gain of 2.86%, but was dwarfed by the Russell 2000 gaining 3.53%
  • The Russell 2000, which represents smaller capitalization stocks, has been a laggard to the other major indices for the past 6-9 months. The recent outperformance is a good sign for the overall market as it makes the market advance much more sustainable. Last week’s outperformance extends the Russell 2000 outperformance for the entire month of March.
  • Earnings season for the first quarter results gets underway in the next few weeks with the majority of reports coming at the end of April and beginning of May.
  • The short, intermediate and long term trends are all higher. The process of higher highs and higher lows has been underway for over a month now, and is adding support and strength to the stock market.
  • It seems the mix of positive media headlines and large number of institutions that are underweighted towards equities could be a very powerful force for the stock market during the second quarter.  

Sources:,,, Dow Jones News, Financial Times,, Investor's Business Daily,,, Thomson Reuters/First Call, U.S. Dept of Treasury, and individual company web sites and press releases.

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