‘Trump Bump’ Lifts Stocks, Giving President a Win for First 100 Days

Much of the markets’ movements arises from circumstances well beyond any president’s control. When Mr. Obama took office in early 2013, the country was still grappling with the fallout of a global financial crisis that had mired the economy in deep recession.

The Dow Minute by Minute

Position of the Dow Jones industrial average at 1-minute intervals on Friday.

And the younger Mr. Bush assumed the presidency amid the bursting of the dot-com bubble, which wiped out scores of internet stocks.

But from the moment Mr. Trump won the 2016 election, analysts and bankers predicted a bump in the S.&P., based in part on the promises of an overtly business-friendly presidency. Mr. Trump has pledged to lift regulations that he said were stymieing private enterprise, while ushering in both big tax cuts and greater infrastructure spending.

Since taking office, Mr. Trump has made good on some of those promises, lifting regulations on the financial and energy industries while appointing government officials inclined to look more favorably upon business. The White House tax proposal this week called for a drastic cut to corporate taxes.

How Markets Reacted to Presidents

The percent change in their first 100 days.

And still, much of what has happened is because of factors beyond the administration’s promises and control, according to Erik Knutzen, the multi-class asset chief investment officer at Neuberger Berman.

While Mr. Trump has asserted that he “inherited a mess” from Mr. Obama, the economy that he took over has shown some fundamental resilience: a 10th year of economic expansion, stock markets at historical highs and low interest rates.

Much of the improvement in market indexes of late, Knutzen said, came from strong corporate earnings in the first fiscal quarter of the year — which the new administration would have had little to do with.

“I think most of the movements in the markets in the last five and a half months are much more associated with improvements in global economies,” Mr. Knutzen said.

On Friday, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 4.57 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,384.20. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 40.82 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,940.51. The Nasdaq composite lost just 1.33 points, or less than 0.1 percent, to 6,047.61.

It is unclear where the markets go from here. The Federal Reserve has signaled that it expects to continue raising interest rates in the interest of sustaining what its chairwoman, Janet Yellen, called “a healthy economy.”

And the path forward for Mr. Trump’s recent tax cut proposal remains…

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