There are indicators that the S&P 500 (SPY) could lastly be prepared to interrupt out above 4,200 and declare the beginning of the brand new bull market. Sadly, the bears have motive to consider that the worst will not be but behind us with early Could financial experiences looming giant in investor determination making. Get Steve Reitmeister’s take with buying and selling plan and prime picks within the commentary under.
4,200 for the S&P 500 (SPY) is an important degree for the market. Above it lies a brand new bull market. Under it the bears can nonetheless declare victory.
Certainly, shares have been operating as much as that battle line as soon as once more this week.
Why? And what does that imply for the ultimate bull/bear end result for the market?
That would be the focus of this week’s commentary.
On Thursday we came upon that Q1 GDP was a lot decrease than anticipated at solely +1.1% progress when 2.3% was anticipated. The first motive was that issues slowed down significantly in March.
On prime of that the Fed’s most well-liked inflation measure, Private Consumption Expenditures (PCE), was larger than feared at +4.2% versus the earlier studying of +3.7%. This could clearly have traders nervous concerning the Fed’s “larger charges for longer” stance as we roll into their subsequent announcement on Wednesday 5/3.
In reality, the mix of slower progress and better inflation on Thursday had extra commentators speaking about Stagflation. That was an financial illness within the 1970’s that was a part of a protracted secular bear market that didn’t actually take off till 1982 when inflation began to come back down and the financial system received wholesome as soon as once more.
Appears like this may all equate to a different Danger Off day. NOPE…assume once more!
The consequence was a stunning +2% rally on Thursday with tech main the way in which due to the latest earnings success for Microsoft and Meta (Fb). After which almost one other 1% was tacked on Friday to shut on the highest degree since early February.
Gladly it isn’t simply tech displaying promise this earnings season. Because the graphic under exhibits that only a week again on 4/20 Wall Avenue anticipated Q1 earnings to be down -9.75% yr over yr. And but now with half of the businesses in S&P 500 reporting that has been greater than halved to solely -4.28%.
Earlier than you begin getting too bullish on this optimistic earnings pattern, sadly the unhealthy information exhibits up within the subsequent 2 columns. That being the place estimates are getting barely worse for the subsequent 2 quarters. This coincides with the GDP report which exhibits that softness began finish of Q1 and could also be accelerating.
That’s the reason estimates are nonetheless poor and why it might not essentially be time to have fun the top of the bear market. So at this stage the impetus from earnings season could have a contact extra upside as much as the road at 4,200.
To get a determined bullish break above 4,200 or to retreat again into bearish territory is awaiting the subsequent spherical of catalysts. Like a number of the key financial experiences on the docket for subsequent week:
5/1 ISM Manufacturing
5/3 ISM Companies, Fed Charge Choice
5/5 Authorities Employment Scenario
Observe that the Chicago PMI report from Friday is taken into account the most effective main indicator of the place ISM Manufacturing will land. In that case it was nonetheless in contraction territory at 48.6. Nonetheless, on the intense facet that’s the highest studying since September 2022.
So directionally it may very well be learn that issues are enhancing. We’ll know if that can be the case for ISM Manufacturing on Monday.
The purpose is that we’re coming as much as a second of fact. Do bulls have the required gas to interrupt above 4,200 and declare victory? Or does the specter of recession nonetheless loom giant sufficient to remain beneath that key degree?
It’s attainable that we’ve got our reply by the top of subsequent week given the three key experiences famous above.
Sadly, we could have sufficient data to remain confused and in a limbo beneath 4,200 some time longer.
The buying and selling plan stays balanced close to 50% invested. If break bullish, then maintaining including engaging Danger On positions to stand up nearer to 100% invested.
If break bearish, then scale back quantity invested with a really conservative mixture of Danger Off shares.
So let the chips fall the place they could and we are going to commerce accordingly.
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SPY shares fell $0.20 (-0.05%) in after-hours buying and selling Friday. Yr-to-date, SPY has gained 9.17%, versus a % rise within the benchmark S&P 500 index throughout the identical interval.
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