NASDAQ’s December Surge: A Glimpse into 2024’s Potential Market Dynamics

Gary Thomson, Chief Operating Officer FXOpen UK

As the New York trading session resumes after a festive hiatus, the financial markets are abuzz with anticipation and cautious optimism. The NASDAQ, known for its dynamic performance, takes centre stage in the final trading days of 2023, setting the tone for potential trends in the coming year.


Post-Holiday Trading Landscape

With many companies still closed for the week, the trading volumes are expected to be marginally lower than usual. Investors and traders, rejuvenated from the holiday break, are gearing up to navigate the challenges and opportunities that 2024 may unfold.

NASDAQ’s December Momentum

Reflecting on December’s market movements, the Nasdaq 100 Index has exhibited a consistent upward trajectory, rising from 15,919 on December 6 to 16,849 on December 19. Since then, the NASDAQ 100 has shown resilience. Currently hovering just at 16,848, the index sets the stage for the opening of the US market.

Over the past 30 days, it has witnessed a substantial rise of over 800 points, instilling a positive outlook among analysts as the new year approaches.

The NASDAQ Narrative

Renowned as a preferred venue for tech companies, the NASDAQ has been a focal point in the financial landscape. The past decade saw a surge of tech entrants using innovative methods like SPACs for rapid listings. The tech sector faced a valuation dip in 2021 but rebounded in 2022 and continued its buoyancy in 2023.

The ‘Magnificent 7’ – Microsoft, Amazon, Meta, Apple, Alphabet, Nvidia, and Tesla – played a pivotal role in bolstering NASDAQ’s performance. As 2024 looms, attention remains on these giants, with discussions revolving around the potential influence of their advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) on market dynamics.

Small Caps on the Horizon

Contrary to the focus on big-cap tech giants, some analysts suggest that smaller-cap stocks might shine in 2024. Morgan Stanley hints at the potential growth of smaller-cap companies, presenting compelling prospects over a more extended investment horizon.

The Federal Reserve’s monetary policy becomes a key consideration in this narrative. High-interest rates, which have posed challenges for smaller companies, could see a shift if the Fed implements rate decreases in the upcoming year. This shift might empower smaller-cap firms to enhance their performance.

As 2023 draws to a close, the NASDAQ portrays a robust end, sparking curiosity about its trajectory in the last week. The market’s pulse is keenly felt, and investors eagerly await signals for the year ahead. The intersection of big-cap tech dominance and the potential rise of smaller-cap stars adds an extra layer of intrigue to the evolving story of financial markets. The coming week will undoubtedly unfold with its own set of surprises and insights, providing a prelude to the complexities and opportunities that await in 2024.


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