Each because the S&P 500 (SPY) made new lows in mid June the bulls have been again in cost. At first it regarded like your typical bear market rally. Nevertheless, there are increasingly indicators going off that this can be the actual deal. As within the new bull market might have arrived. That subject is a giant deal as one’s outlook, bullish or bearish, weighs closely on how they assemble their portfolio for the times and weeks forward. That’s the reason we’ll deal with that subject in immediately’s commentary. Learn on under for extra….
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Similar to George Washington…I can’t inform a lie.
I’ve been downright bearish since mid Might. At first that technique paid off gangbusters as shares tumbled to new lows by mid June. And since then being a bear has been…insufferable!
Actually, earlier this week presenting on the MoneyShow I doubled down on my bearish view with this new presentation entitled: Bull or Bear…Which Is It?
My purpose was to present a balanced view of the bull case versus the bear case. Certainly there are some causes to be bullish. Past the apparent value motion happening you’ve indicators that…
Inflation could possibly be peaking
No critical dents in employment market
Q2 earnings season higher than anticipated
ISM Companies confirmed a shocking surge final week.
Observe I may spend the subsequent hour poking holes within the above bullish arguments. As an alternative I’ll simply merely say that the for me the preponderance of the proof nonetheless factors bearish.
As a result of sure it could possibly be true that we might have skirted a recession up to now, however that does not imply that we are going to keep away from one within the close to future with decrease costs on the best way.
That means that inflation could also be peaking…however coming down from 8.7% to solely 8.5% shouldn’t lead anybody to breathe a significant sigh of reduction.
Particularly as that information is as of the tip of July. Since then the commodity index has spiked increased as you will note under which signifies that inflationary pressures are removed from gone.
Add on high a continuous parade of Fed officers singing from the identical tune sheet that goes like this:
We’re going to significantly increase charges…yeah, yeah, yeah
We do not care how a lot it makes your tooth grate…yeah, yeah, yeah
We simply have to cease costs from a lot inflate…yeah, yeah, yeah
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As these charges go increased it makes borrowing much less enticing. This results in much less funding by corporations. Which equates to decrease spending.
Sometimes that cycle extends to decrease earnings, job loss and wider financial ache. And sure, these would all be tell-tale indicators of recession and bear markets.
For now, it’s clear the bulls are in cost. The following actual take a look at is on the 200 day shifting common at present at 4,328 (about 1% above Friday’s shut). Little question there ought to be critical resistance at that degree that may take a look at the conviction of buyers.
The extra they see the potential negatives blowing away…the extra patrons there shall be within the inventory market (SPY)…the extra seemingly we break above 4,328 and get again to resumption of a brand new bull market.
Nevertheless, if that foreshadowing of future recession grows bigger, then buyers at first will pause this rally increased to await additional indicators. And the extra ominous the indicators…the extra share costs would recede.
You could possibly nearly liken it to a tug of conflict. Whichever facet has stronger proof will pull buyers of their path.
Once more, I see the potential for the subsequent bull market to start out now. Simply suppose that the bearish final result is extra seemingly. Now we simply have to objectively evaluate every new spherical of financial information because it comes out to be on the correct facet of the tug of conflict with our funding technique.
We have not talked about efficiency shortly. Gladly immediately’s surge pushed POWR Worth portfolio again into constructive territory on the yr which is significantly better than the nonetheless 10% loss for the S&P 500 (SPY) in 2022.
Serving to issues is the sturdy earnings season by our portfolio with most seeing estimates and goal costs rolling increased after their bulletins.
Our technique for POWR Worth at the moment stays 50% lengthy. It will likely be laborious for me to conform to a extra aggressive posture till we have now cleared the hurdle of the 200 day shifting common at 4,328.
If that does unfold, then we’ll get again to including extra shares scoring extremely on POWR Rankings and worth metrics.
The final a number of weeks has strengthened the lesson of how tough it’s to time the market. That’s the reason so few professionals is not going to try it as it’s so straightforward to get tousled in knots.
And I sense that the market just isn’t accomplished serving up blended messages to maintain individuals dazed and confused.
Probably the pathway turns into clearer after the battle over the 200 day shifting common. Lets watch that carefully and modify our portfolio relying on what that tells us.
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SPY shares closed at $427.10 on Friday, up $7.11 (+1.69%). 12 months-to-date, SPY has declined -9.41%, versus a % rise within the benchmark S&P 500 index throughout the identical interval.
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