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Stock Market Not As Strong As You May Think

Stock Market Not As Strong As You May Think

The Economy   The Fed is raising rates in hopes of taming inflation by reducing demand. When the Fed eventually reverses course and begins to lower rates, it will be accompanied by a weak economy (probably a recession). Historically, the stock market doesn’t...

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Market Rises on Weak Internals

Market Rises on Weak Internals

S&P 500 Daily Chart   Below is a chart of the S&P 500 in the upper panel and the MACD (momentum indicator) in the lower panel. Here are my takeaways. Momentum has turned positive. The S&P 500 Index has advanced strongly above its 200-day moving...

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Market Risk Returns

Market Risk Returns

  The market drop over the last two days was significant and I now view short-term risk to be elevated. The S&P 500 index has fallen below the uptrend line that I highlighted in my March Newsletter and is now below its 200-day moving average. This moving...

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Stock Market Still Bullish

Stock Market Still Bullish

The stock market is still bullish despite February's pullback. What I wrote in last month's newsletter still applies: "the market is displaying strength that we have not seen in over a year. Here is a rundown of the positive developments that have occurred recently:...

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines

Making Hay While The Sun Shines

  In our last market update, I wrote about how market technicals were improving. That improvement has continued and the market is displaying strength that we have not seen in over a year. Here is a rundown of the positive developments that have occurred recently:...

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Signs of a Tradable Rally Starting to Emerge

Signs of a Tradable Rally Starting to Emerge

I am seeing signs that the stock market could be entering a period of short-term strength within a longer-term downtrend. Below is a chart of the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) in the top panel and the MACD ( a momentum indicator) in the bottom panel. Notice how the MACD is...

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That’s A Wrap

That’s A Wrap

  2022 is a wrap. Below are the returns for the calendar year. 2022 Major Equity Index Returns: Dow Jones Industrials Index -8% S&P 500 Index -19% Nasdaq 100 Index -32% 2022 Bond ETF Returns: iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) -31% iShares Core U.S....

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When The Levee Breaks

When The Levee Breaks

  Bear market rallies tend to give people hope, only to dash those hopes with the next move lower. It can be emotionally and financially draining. The recent advance off the October lows showed none of the signs that would suggest a longer-term bottom. So, a reversal...

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Danger Zone

Danger Zone

  The Economy   The Fed is raising rates in hopes of taming inflation by reducing demand. Every bear market advance this year is propelled by investors' expectation that the Fed will pivot. And each advance gets squashed when the Fed reiterates its hawkish...

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Early Warning – Topping Signals

Early Warning – Topping Signals

  The stock market is at a short-term inflection point. The advance off the October lows has been indecisive and has lost momentum right under resistance (200-day moving average). This would be a logical area for the market to reverse course and head lower. On...

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