We had great news this morning – the first reading of GDP for the second quarter was 4.1%. We should be very happy with this reading – this is the fastest growth in four years. And the President promised us (after the announcement) that we will see even better times.
Two main components of GDP growth were consumer spending (2.69% contribution to growth) and net exports (1.06% contribution). While consumer spending has deep roots in consumer confidence, low unemployment and low inflation, the second component is questionable. One of the explanations for such a large contribution was the desire of exporting companies to increase exports before new tariffs are introduced.
Is that good news for the markets? The total value of all U.S. Stocks is now about 154% of GDP – with the historical average being about 130% according to Bloomberg. We are not making any predictions about the stock market directions – but want you to think about this data and remove the rose-colored glasses that some of the politicians like to wear all the time.