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Oops!...The Market Did It Again

With NVIDIA up a staggering 138% this year, the market has shot up 15% through Monday, June 24th. Sorry, but not sorry for the play on words, but... Oops!...The market did it again with a highly concentrated trade in the top 5 or 10 names. By itself, NVIDIA accounts for 4.25% of the market's return or nearly a third. The top 5 stocks from a contribution of return perspective account for 55% of the return. The top 10 stocks account for 70% of the return, and they are as follows: NVIDIA, Microsoft, Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, Eli Lilly, Apple, Broadcom, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase.

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Top 10 Stocks in the S&P 500 Contribution of Return YTD

As we delve deeper, it's evident that the Information Technology sector has been a significant driver, contributing 7.51% of the total market return year-to-date (YTD). This impressive performance underscores the pivotal role of tech giants in shaping market trends.


NVIDIA's extraordinary rise has not only boosted its own market value but has also significantly influenced the overall market dynamics. The collective impact of the top five contributors, including Amazon, Meta, Alphabet, and Microsoft, highlights the concentrated nature of this market rally. Together, these stocks represent a dominant force, accounting for more than half of the market's gain.


Additionally, the performance of other major players like Apple, Eli Lilly, Broadcom, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase rounds out the top 10 contributors, with their combined efforts pushing the total contribution rate (CTR) to 70%. This figure illustrates the critical importance of a relatively small group of companies in driving market performance.


Interestingly, the composition of the top 10 stocks this year is somewhat different from last year, reflecting shifts in market dynamics and the emergence of new leading players. This change highlights the evolving nature of the market and the importance of staying updated on current trends.


From a sector perspective, the robust contribution of the Information Technology sector reinforces the ongoing trend of technological innovation and digital transformation driving economic growth. Companies within this sector continue to lead in market capitalization and investor interest, reflecting their strategic importance in today's economy.


However, if we exclude the top 10 stocks, the market's return drops to just 4.53%, highlighting the significant influence these key players have on overall market performance. The average return of the top 10 stocks is an impressive 38.95%, showcasing their strong individual performance.


In conclusion, as we witness these remarkable returns, it's crucial to recognize the significant role that a few key players and sectors have in steering market performance. The impressive gains by NVIDIA and other leading companies underscore the dynamic nature of the market and the importance of staying informed about the driving forces behind these trends.

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Unless otherwise indicated all performance is sourced from Bloomberg.

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