Friday, March 31, 2017

Market update (31 March 2017)

The major indices are doing extremely well.

Now let's discuss the five areas where we had warnings in 2007:

1. The weekly MACD could not be any stronger.  It has been rising with each price breakout, suggesting that momentum is accelerating, not weakening as it was in 2007.

2. There clearly have been no price violations.  If anything, the S&P 500 consolidated from 2014 to mid-2016, before breaking out in a big way post-Brexit, then again after the November U.S. presidential election.

3. The XLY:XLP ratio has been climbing nicely over the past year - much different than what we saw in 2007 - but we haven't cleared the 2015 relative high.  A breakout above that level would be extremely bullish.

4. Transports vs. utilities have also increased significantly since November, a good sign, but we haven't seen this ratio clear its early 2015 high and the ratio has been falling in 2017 thus far.

5. The RUT:SPX ratio has been declining since 2014, but it's very strong for the past year.

The absolute price action on major indices is very strong and relative price action continues to support a higher S&P 500 in 2017.  Breakouts on the above key relative ratios would add confirmation to this belief while deterioration in these ratios going forward would be warning flags to be confirmed by price breakdowns.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Market update: Federal Reserve hikes short-term rates by 0.25% (15 March 2017)

  • The Federal Reserve followed through on its well-telegraphed intention to raise interest rates on Wednesday, hiking short-term rates by 0.25%, or 25 basis points. The new target for the fed funds rate is 0.75% to 1%.
  • The policy statement cited the strengthening labor market and improving economy as reasons for the hike. But it noted the pace of expansion is just “moderate.”

More notably, the Fed still believes that three rate hikes are appropriate for 2017, relieving investors' fears that the central bank could begin setting the groundwork for a fourth hike. The major averages started the day in the green thanks to a bullish sentiment in the crude oil market and climbed to new session highs in the afternoon following the FOMC decision.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Happy Birthday S&P 500!

The world's biggest stock index turned 60 on Saturday with almost $2.4T indexed to it. It's widely regarded as the most accurate gauge of large-cap American equities since it's weighted by market capitalization, as opposed to the Dow, which is weighted by price, or other indexes, which have an equal weighting.