The stock market has been on an incredible rally since the start of 2021, with the S&P 500 index gaining over 18% since the start of the year. But with the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates and inflation remaining elevated, many investors are asking if this rally is a sign of economic recovery or a "sucker's rally".
To answer this question, investors must look at a few key indicators, including the performance of individual stocks, market sentiment, and the overall economy.
First, let's look at the performance of individual stocks. While the S&P 500 index gained 18% since the start of 2021, many individual stocks have had far more impressive gains. For instance, tech stocks like Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon have all seen gains of over 30%. This is a sign that investors are feeling more optimistic about the stock market and are willing to invest in individual stocks.