Did you ever actually purchase the bullish argument touted by some to start out the brand new yr? Sure, it was an amusing fable that has now misplaced its luster because the bears are firmly again in cost as confirmed by the break beneath the 200 day shifting common for the S&P 500 (SPY). What occurs from right here? Steve Reitmeister shares his views within the new commentary beneath.
It isn’t uncommon for the brand new yr to start out bullish. Only a contemporary dose of optimism comes with flipping the calendar.
These good vibes are over!
Now extra traders are coming again round to the bearish premise that by no means actually went away. Add in a dose of issues concerning the well being of the monetary business and we lastly broke beneath the 200 day shifting common with odds of far more draw back on the way in which.
I’m right here to make sense of all of it on this week’s market commentary beneath…
As they are saying an image is price a thousand phrases. So, let’s begin with the image of the S&P 500 (SPY) this previous yr together with the long run development line higher generally known as the 200 day shifting common (in crimson).
You may see how very important the 200 day shifting common has been in framing the motion this previous yr. First being the bearish break beneath in April 2022 with many subsequent suckers’ rallies that failed as they approached this key degree.
Nonetheless, the bulls actually tried to make a convincing run of issues by lastly breaking above in January and staying above for practically two months. That occasion ended yesterday with the primary shut beneath the 200 day (3,941). And as we speak was a convincing observe via session to the draw back.
Now the bears are firmly in cost as soon as once more. Let’s talk about why…
On Tuesday of this week Fed Chairman Powell reminded all people why they need to rethink their bullish methods. In essence he said that given the information in hand that charges will doubtless have to go increased than beforehand said…and keep in place for longer.
This led to a -1.5% unload on Tuesday. Only for readability, right here is the important thing quote from Powell so that you admire that there’s little room for misinterpretation.
“The method of getting inflation again all the way down to 2% has an extended solution to go and is more likely to be bumpy. As I discussed, the most recent financial knowledge have are available in stronger than anticipated, which means that the last word degree of rates of interest is more likely to be increased than beforehand anticipated. If the totality of the information have been to point that sooner tightening is warranted, we’d be ready to extend the tempo of fee hikes.”
This reminds of us of the Feds intent to decrease demand…which is a elaborate manner of claiming more likely to create a recession as a essential evil to tamp down the flames of inflation. Arduous to be bullish when the Sheriff of the economic system is placing up a roadblock to financial advance.
When you’ve gotten this clear message already in hand, then it turns into pointless to attend all the way in which for the Fed assembly on 3/22 to start out promoting. This notion was taken to the following degree on Thursday with the primary break beneath the 200 day shifting common in fairly a while.
A lot of the funding media shops said that the rationale for this downward stress is that extra folks have been getting spooked concerning the probability of employment report being too sturdy on Friday which might be a cherry on prime for additional Fed hawkishness.
That was a prescient transfer as certainly we discovered Friday at that US economic system added 311,000 jobs in February about 50% increased than expectations. Curiously, the month over month wage enhance was a notch decrease than anticipated at +0.2%.
Nonetheless, that could be a very unstable indicator month over month. What actually issues is that with the unemployment fee at report lows…and this many roles nonetheless being added…and with greater than 10 million job openings nonetheless being revealed…then it’s a fairly good indicator of wage inflation doubtless being far too excessive sooner or later. This information had shares bolting decrease as soon as once more on Friday reconfirming the break beneath the 200 day shifting common.
Notice now we have made it this far and I’ve not but introduced up the Silicon Valley Financial institution scenario. Little doubt about it…this occasion can also be a part of the current unload as traders are haunted by “Ghosts of Monetary Disaster Previous“.
My early take is that that is an remoted incident and never a press release of systemic monetary disaster as we endured in 2008. Nonetheless, there’s doubtless extra juice to squeeze from this story as traders will doubtless demand some type of stress testing of banks to insure confidence. That’s not a fast repair answer and can doubtless solely add to draw back stress in coming weeks.
Wanting forward there are extra fireworks set to go off in coming weeks comparable to:
3/14 Client Value Index (CPI). The important thing being the month over month tempo to see if we’re heating up just like the February report…or cooling down like the last few months.
3/15 Producer Value Index (PPI). Insiders know that that is extra vital than CPI as a result of the costs paid by producers as we speak results in the ultimate product and providers within the months forward. (Present PPI results in future CPI).
3/22 Fed Assembly with Curiosity Charge Determination & Financial Projections. Final month was solely a 25 foundation level hike. Nonetheless, the percentages makers are actually leaning to 50 factors this time round given Fed statements of needing to go even increased for longer.
I believe these occasions will solely reconfirm the logic behind the current break again beneath the 200 day shifting common.
The following battle floor is 3,855 which is the official border of bear market territory representing a 20% drop from the all time excessive (4,818). The Friday shut of three,861 means we’re already knocking on the door.
Only for good measure lets discuss the opportunity of what lies beneath.
3,491 is the low made in October and more likely to be retested.
3,180 would mark a 34% decline from the all time excessive which is the typical decline throughout a bear market.
3,000 is some extent of significant, critical psychological resistance and exhausting to think about going beneath except some at present unexpected disaster develops.
Placing it altogether, the bear market by no means left the scene. It simply light to the background for some time as bulls had some enjoyable in January and early February.
That occasion is over!
The following factor to do is admire the sound logic behind the bearish argument and the way a lot draw back is probably going nonetheless on the way in which. That ought to compel you to enact methods which are fitted to a bear market atmosphere. The following part will enable you with that…
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