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Small- and Large-Caps Still Trailing Index Peers

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Ben Lichtenstein

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As a result of the complex and speculative environment this year in financial markets, small-cap and large-cap stocks have found themselves trailing behind the broader benchmarks – specifically the S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100. Despite initial optimism and varying economic indicators, these segments have struggled to keep pace with their larger counterparts, reflecting a nuanced market sentiment and sectoral dynamics.

Throughout the first half of 2024, small-cap stocks, typically known for their growth potential and sensitivity to economic shifts, have faced challenges in maintaining growth momentum. Yields on the rise and economic uncertainties coupled with other sector-specific headwinds have contributed to a subdued performance relative to expectations. On the other hand, large-cap stocks, often perceived as safer havens due to their established market positions and diversified revenue streams, also have shown a relative underperformance compared to the tech-heavy NASDAQ and the broad-based S&P 500. The strong U.S. Dollar the last few weeks also created new headwinds.

The NASDAQ, driven by its concentration of technology and growth stocks, has notably outperformed both small- and large -caps, reflecting investor preferences for high-growth opportunities amid a backdrop of technological innovation and digital transformations into artificial intelligence. As we navigate the second half of the year, market participants will closely monitor how these trends evolve, assessing implications for portfolio allocations and sector rotations amidst evolving economic conditions and geopolitical developments. And divergences like these are where traders can find opportunities.

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