The wealth of 643 of US' richest billionaires rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion between March 18 and September 15. This marks a 29% increase over those six months. That's according to a report by the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness said. Tesla founder Elon Musk's wealth increased by 273% in the period to $92 billion. Jeff Bezos wealth increased 64.8%, from $113 billion to $182. Mark Zuckerberg's wealth increased from $54 billion to $100.
Business Insider reports that US stocks are on course to close lower for a third consecutive week. The S&P 500 has lost nearly 9% since early September's record high. That decline was mainly driven by losses in the technology sector. But Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank are upbeat the US stock market sell-off is mostly over. Goldman Sachs kept its end-of year S&P 500 target to 3,600 by year end.
2020 has been a wild ride for stocks. Business Insider reports that the market continues to face risks stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. There is also election uncertainty, and the potential for heightened trade tensions with China. BI reports that investors should continue to hold on for the potential of more gains ahead. In a note, investment group LPL raised its year-end S&P 500 fair-value target to a range of 3,450 to 3,500, the note said.
According to Business Insider, JPMorgan expects the S&P 500 to rise another 6% from current levels to a record 3,600 before the year is over. The S&P500's earnings recovery is "ahead of expectation." Tech stocks have done well, boosting the index. The S&P500 will continue to support its recovery while other sectors gain through the second half of the year, they added. JPMorgan expects S&P 500 firms' margins to fully recover from the pandemic by the second half of 2021.
CFRA's Sam Stovall said that the recent S&P 500 pullback may be converted into a "low-level, double-digital correction." According to Business Insider, Stovall said that this will be an opportunity for investors to buy, not "bail." He feels the Fed is likely to keep interest rates low for the next few years. Stovall added that recent S&P 500 sell-off was not surprising. For Stovall, the "extreme" difference between price returns for growth stocks versus value stocks made the market vulnerable.
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