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JPMorgan Strategist Predicts Markets Will Surge 40%

By Bram Berkowitz - Updated Mar 25, 2020 at 10:51AM

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Marko Kolanovic tells clients that social distancing is working and he expects coronavirus to soon be a memory.

The global head of quantitative and derivatives at JPMorgan Chase (JPM -0.48%) is reportedly telling clients that the stock market could rebound to normal levels sooner than people think.

Specifically, Chase strategist Marko Kolanovic said that he expects markets to rebound by 40%, and that they could even reach record levels by the beginning of next year, CNBC Pro reports.

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Kolanovic is so bullish is because he believes social distancing is working and that soon enough coronavirus will be a thing of the past.

"Over the next 10 days we will get into the month-end rebalancing period, which would prompt significant buying of equities," he wrote to clients, according to Yahoo! Finance. "The stark underperformance of equities vs. bonds MTD [month to date] leaves fixed-weight asset allocation portfolios about 4% underweight equities, which suggests they are likely to do a large rotation out of bonds and into equities to rebalance back to target weights."

Not all are on the same page with Kolanovic. Mark Vitner, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities, sees a much slower return to work.

"Economic activity will ramp up fairly slowly as supply chains will take some time to normalize," he said, according to Bloomberg.

The S&P 500 jumped more than 9% on Monday after news regarding the $2 trillion stimulus bill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared 11%, its best single-day percentage gain in 87 years.

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