In the first quarter, more stocks joined the market rally, mitigating some of the weaknesses seen in Big Tech. Analysts foresee this trend continuing.

Individual stocks bolstered the S&P 500 index, dispelling doubts about the market’s narrow gains. Recent data revealed that the number of S&P 500 stocks hitting 52-week highs reached its highest point in three years, signaling a broadening market.

Furthermore, an increasing number of index members are entering long-term uptrends, with over 83% trading above their 200-day moving average, the highest since August 2021.

While Big Tech’s dominance has diminished since 2023, megacap tech stocks still significantly contributed to the index’s rise this year, albeit less than before.

The “Magnificent Seven,” comprising major tech companies, accounted for 37% of the S&P 500’s first-quarter gains, down from two-thirds in 2023. However, excluding Apple, Tesla, and Alphabet, the remaining four members—Nvidia, Microsoft, Meta Platforms, and Amazon—contributed a substantial 47%.

Despite Apple and Tesla’s struggles, other sectors such as industrials, financials, and energy have picked up the slack. These sectors, alongside information technology and communications services, outperformed the S&P 500 in the first quarter, indicating a diversified market rally.

As the Federal Reserve considers interest rate cuts, portfolio managers anticipate mid- and small-cap stocks to regain momentum, particularly as cyclical sectors like financials and industrials continue to reach record highs.

Looking ahead, analysts are closely watching for the release of the March nonfarm payrolls report, expecting further insights into the market’s direction.

In March, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both notched record highs, reflecting the overall bullish sentiment in the financial markets.

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