Stocks Gained +16% in 2020; Wall Street Expects +7.6% In 2021

Published Friday, January 1, 2021 at: 6:43 PM EST

Despite the unexpected +16.3% return on stocks in 2020 and although the worst days of the COVID 19 crisis are likely still ahead, Wall Street strategists’ mean forecast for the Standard & Poor’s 500 in 2021 is for a +7.6% gain.

The Wall Street forecasts in this chart have been compiled annually since 2007 based on an article published in Barron’s in December every year. The venerable financial magazine asks strategists from 10 leading Wall Street firms for their forecast for the S&P 500 stock index and which industry sectors they expect to be the biggest winners and losers in the next 12 months. 

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

Indices are unmanaged and not available for direct investment. Investments with higher return potential carry greater risk for loss. Past performance is not an indicator of your future results.

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