CNBC Pro: Hold on to money because it beats the market, pros say
Strategists are urging investors to allocate more of their portfolios to cash in these volatile times as interest rate hikes mean it now offers higher yields.
“Cash was king” last month, Bank of America said in a Sept. 1 note, as most asset classes — such as stocks, bonds and even commodities — posted losses.
Here’s how to add it to your portfolios, according to the pros.
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Where are the main averages to start the week
Last week’s selloff saw major averages post their third straight week of losses. All 11 sectors of the S&P 500 ended the week negative, dragged down by materials, which fell almost 5%.
Here’s how the major averages fared:
- The Dow Industrial Average fell 1.1% on Friday. The 30-stock index closed down about 3% for the week and ended more than 15% off its 52-week high.
- The S&P 500 fell 1.1% on Friday and 3.29% for the week. The benchmark hit its lowest close since July and closed more than 18% off its 52-week highs.
- The Nasdaq Composite fell 1.3% on Friday and ended its sixth consecutive negative session for the first time since 2019. The tech-heavy index fell 4.21% for the week and closed at over 28 % of its 52-week high.
— Samantha Subin, Christopher Hayes
Truist’s Lerner on looking for signs of “stabilization” in an oversold market
How markets react to news over the weekend could play a vital role in how markets move, said Keith Lerner of Truist
“The best side for the bulls would be if the market was actually able to stabilize with all the bad news,” he said. “That will at least tell you that the market has suffered enough in the short term. I’m just looking to see – in an oversold market – can we find some sort of stabilization coming back in line after a long weekend.”
According to Lerner, technical indicators are showing the most extreme oversold conditions since the June low, but the market rising or falling slightly at the end of the weekend could be a good sign.
Over the long weekend, Europe grappled with energy supply problems amid news that Russia would halt gas flows to Europe, while OPEC+ announced a cut in the production. Lerner is also closely watching the ECB and its impending decision on rate hikes.
“What you want to see is that the market can find some stability tomorrow, as opposed to a big sell-off,” Lerner said.
— Samantha Subin
CVS is buying Signify Health for about $8 billion
CVS Health said Monday it reached an agreement to buy home health company Signify Health for $30.50 per share, or about $8 billion.
The acquisition, which the two companies expect to complete in the first half of 2023, will allow CVS to continue to expand its growing healthcare service offerings and comes amid a push by rivals Amazon and Walgreens to expand into the market. ‘space.
“This acquisition will enhance our connection with consumers in the home and enable providers to better meet patient needs as we execute our vision to redefine the healthcare experience,” said CVS President and CEO. Health, Karen Lynch, in a press release.
—Samantha Subin, Leslie Josephs
Stock futures open higher
Stock futures rose on Monday as Wall Street kicked off a shortened holiday trading week. Futures tied to the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 121 points, or 0.39%, while S&P 500 futures gained 0.26%. Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.12% for the last time.
— Samantha Subin