Dow tumbles more than 900 points and the Nasdaq drops 4% on Friday to close out a brutal month
U.S. stocks sunk Friday with the Nasdaq Composite notching its worst month since 2008, as Amazon became the latest victim in April’s technology-led sell-off.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite fell nearly 4.2% to 12,334.64, weighed down by Amazon’s post-earnings plunge. The S&P 500 retreated by 3.6% to 4,131.93. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 939.18 points, or close to 2.8%, to 32,977.21.
The Nasdaq finished at a new low for 2022 and the S&P 500 did as well, with the main stock benchmark taking out its previous low in March.
Stocks closed out a dismal month as investors contended with a slew of headwinds, from the Federal Reserve’s monetary tightening, rising rates, persistent inflation, Covid case spikes in China and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
“The markets are trying to wrap around a lot of different cross-currents,” BMO Wealth Management’s Yung-Yu Ma said. “With the Fed raising rates and all the uncertainties that the global economy is facing, it’s hard to get excited about paying the multiples that currently prevail in a lot of places in the market.”
Legendary investor Jeremy Grantham sees a 'superbubble' in markets and expects the S&P 500 to crash 43%. He recommends overseas stocks and cash as havens.
Jeremy Grantham recently diagnosed the fourth US "superbubble" in the past century, and warned the benchmark S&P 500 would crash 43% to around 2,500 after the bubble bursts.
The veteran investor and GMO cofounder explained in a Saturday interview with Fox Business how investors should position their portfolios against a backdrop of historic market speculation and the "touchy-feely characteristic of crazy investor behavior."
"What I would do is make sure you have some cash reserve," he said. "There may be some great buying opportunities in the next couple of years."
The market historian has previously said he holds cash so he can deploy it easily, and a small amount of gold and silver.
"Secondly, I would try and avoid US stocks," Grantham said. "If you have to own some, I would own high-quality. They always do better in a serious shake-up."
Grantham, who has repeatedly warned investors are caught in a historic bubble, said an imminent crash in the S&P 500 means a credit crisis is brewing.
"So, blue chips are the way to go. Avoid debt. And to the extent you can, avoid the US. It's the most overpriced market," he said.
"Real estate is overpriced everywhere in the world. But the stock markets outside the US are curiously not that bad. They're in a bull market. They're overpriced mostly, but they're only normally overpriced," he added.
"And there are a few cheap countries. Japan looks pretty cheap, the UK not so bad."
He also touted emerging markets, saying traders could find bargains.
"If you look for the cheap stocks, growth versus value; growth has had an unprecedented decade," he said. "It is probably the turn for cheap stocks again."
"So emphasize cheap countries, cheap stocks, avoid the US. And if you have to buy the US; for heaven's sake, pick the quality stocks and have a cash reserve."
Grantham has previously criticized the Federal Reserve for not acknowledging the pain that follows for investors after a market bubble bursts.
"One of the main reasons I deplore superbubbles – and resent the Fed and other financial authorities for allowing and facilitating them – is the underrecognized damage that bubbles cause as they deflate and mark down our wealth," Grantham said in a paper released last month.