Midterm Stock Slide Contradicts Historical Trend

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 11/09/2022 8:40 AM
Midterm Stock Slide Contradicts Historical Trend

The day after midterm elections often sees a boom in market activity, but early trading suggested a more restrained response to the conclusion of the close contest for control of Congress.


Investors responded negatively to the results of the U.S. midterm elections, which included high-profile triumphs for both parties, even though overall control of the House and Senate remained unclear. This caused the stock market to decline on Wednesday morning.

After showing slight gains late on Tuesday, which corresponded with an early Republican victory after the markets closed, futures on the S&P 500 dipped by 0.2 percent during premarket trade on Wednesday. This came after the markets had closed on Tuesday. On Tuesday, during normal trading hours, the main stock index managed to squeak out a rise of 0.6 percentage points.

The votes are still being tallied, so it might be many days before we get an accurate picture of the outcome. The latest current forecasts indicate that Republicans have a strong advantage over Democrats in the race for control of the House of Representatives, while Democrats have a slight edge in the race for control of the Senate.

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Investors and experts believe that a split government, in which the Democrats lose control of at least one house of Congress, may be favorable for the stock market. The reason that this would presumably prevent any substantial legislation that could affect the profitability of corporations.

The market movements that occurred after the midterm elections in the past cannot definitively tell us which power dynamic between Congress and the White House is better for the markets. The day following each of the last six midterm elections has increased in the S&P 500, and the index has also seen gains in the subsequent year.

Ben Laidler, the global markets analyst at eToro, said in a post-election analysis, "Markets have traditionally rewarded reduced uncertainty and divided government." "However, it might cause discomfort in the longer term, ranging from uncertainty over the debt cap to decreased expenditure during a recession.

The election is not the only issue that investors are thinking about at the moment. Many people believe that the relevance of the midterm elections has decreased as a result of the current environment, which is characterized by high inflation, increasing interest rates, and difficult geopolitical situations. The next significant event for investors will take place on Thursday when new data about inflation in the United States will be released. These data will help shape expectations regarding how aggressively the Federal Reserve could be in raising interest rates, which increases costs for companies and slows economic growth.

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