“Forget about a ‘turnaround’ for now, this Tuesday is looking more like a terrific one,” said analysts at Bespoke Investments of the rally.
It has been a volatile few weeks in the market, which was first shaken by worries about the Omicron variant, then by the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it might end its pandemic-era stimulus program sooner than expected.
But Monday’s ascent may have had more to do with technical factors: It’s the end of the year and the major indexes have decent returns to show for themselves. The S&P is up more than 22%, while the Nasdaq has climbed more than 18% and the Dow more than 15%. For investors rethinking where they want their money, this might be a time of shifting their portfolio around.
Next week Friday is also what’s known as “quadruple witching” when contracts on four types of financial assets expire. It’s often a period of some volatility, and investors may already be preparing for it.