Why do stocks go up? Or, maybe a timelier question: Why do they go down? The answer of course, depends on what time horizon or period you are asking. Short-term moves in the market are wildly unpredictable and can be driven by even the slightest change in headlines. We have plenty of those right now, evidenced by the existing market volatility.
While we are in what is likely to be a worsening global pandemic situation, we remain optimistic that we will all get through this together. We will all need to do our part and reduce the spread of this challenging virus. While doing that we can be quite anxious, and a bit of cabin fever may even kick in. When we have this extra time, it is always good to stay busy.