Yesterday’s strong market action turned the model around and we are therefore as of today in a new uptrend.
The correction we have seen in the market over the last few weeks has the third-steepest descent since at least 1970, only Black Monday in 1987 and the October 2008 were worse. Only time will show if this was a correction like in 1987 or if we are heading into another bear like the most recent between October 2007 and March 2009.
There are several indications that point to this being the start of another bear market:
- The Philadelphia Fed State Coincident Index is dropping like a stone. From 90 in April down to 32 in the latest report. Every single time the indicator has fallen like this over the last 30 years we have gone into a recession. So it has correctly “anticipated” five of the last five recessions.
- The consumer confidence is at 54.9. This is lower than anytime during the Financial Crisis, and the lowest it has been since May 1980.
- Strong volume on a sell-off and weakening volume on a rebound make for the opposite of what bulls want to see.
- S&P 500 is down more than 20% measuring intraday low vs. high over the last few months.
- The 200DMA is sloping downwards.
- The 50DMA has crossed below the 200DMA.
- The bigger problem in today’s economy are credit related and currently the bank index, DKX, is leading the market lower.
If this correction turns out to be the start of a bear market, then the recent action is historically typical. In the past four bear markets, the first aggressive swing down was followed by a rebound. The indexes erased anywhere from 20% to 58% of the initial loss before they made a fresh move down.
We might be in one of those rebounds now, so be careful not to jump straight bank into the market even if the model has turned to an uptrend. In a bear market the upturn signals does not as often as in bull markets, which we have had since March 2009, lead to sustained uptrends.
I believe that markets could be waiting for what Benny B has up his sleeves and hoping that his speech on Friday could reveal something positive for the stock market. If the Fed decides to launch a third round of quantitative easing it could be the fuel that will drive stock markets higher.
If you decide to enter the market now, look for those stocks that bounce the most in the shortest amount of time, these are most likely the ones that are going to be the leaders of the new advance. And pyramid into your positions. This is a high risk market to be invested in.
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