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S&P 500: 2,847
Friday August 16, 2019 8:48 a.m.
Global recession fears have driven interest rates into negative territory, i.e., depositors must pay banks to hold their money !
The US Fed is driving interest rates lower to head off a recession here. Only 8 months ago, it was raising rates – go figure.
“Unprecedented policies will be needed to respond to the next economic downturn,” reports BlackRock Investment Institute, adding “Monetary policy is almost exhausted as global interest rates plunge toward zero or below.
BlackRock’s solution is “helicopter money,” giving money directly to the public. Hey guys, I live at 7925………..
CONCLUSION: I would rather be wrong on this one, but I have been warning of a recession/bear market since late last year with good reason, and finally, the financial press is picking up on the risk.
But the Street still doesn’t get it. That’s the kind of arrogance and naivete that leads to investors getting slaughtered. This I what happens after a Fed-micromanaged 10-year long bull market.
The bull will continue, and buyers will continue to buy, at the market and on dips until suddenly the BIG money, the SMART money, is a no-show, or a piece of news so horrific that it can’t be ignored chases buyers away and triggers a selling panic.
I have experienced 13 of these market tops, and they all have at least one thing in common – practically no one thinks a bear market can happen – conditions are simply too good.
A purely technical scenario: Boeing (BA: 328) Stock bounced yesterday. Resistance is now 329-330; support 325. A break below 321 would indicate another leg down. Company desperately needs a vote of confidence from somewhere, preferably the airlines which have hundreds of Boeing’s 373 Max aircraft grounded.
The Trump administration and Fed will release whatever info it can muster up to stabilize this market and it may work temporarily.
Minor Support: DJIA:25,667; S&P 500:2,868;Nasdaq Comp.:7,781
Support is based on a a pullback from early buying.
Minor Resistance: DJIA:25,846; S&P500:2,873;Nasdaq Comp.:7,827
Thursday August 15 “Expect Fed and Administration to Talk Market Back Up”
It took an inversion of the 2 yr/10yr yield curve to wake the Street up to what has been obvious for 6 months – that we are in the early stages of a recession.
Yes, this is what I have been warning readers of for at least that long.
Another warning is appropriate now, that is that the Fed and administration are going to step in with whatever BS they can muster to turn the market back up……and of course, suck investors in for yet another drubbing.
As I have said several times this week, both the Fed and administration are master market manipulators of the stock market.
Yesterday I noted, “At some point…. the Street won’t take the bait then whoosh down the market goes to a level that does discount the negatives. Yesterday’s “whoosh” down was just the first of many when the BIG money, the “smart” money, decides to bail out looking ahead to an opportunity to buy back ion 35% – 45% lower, more for Nasdaq.
CONCLUSION: Expect hype about tariffs, meetings with China’s Xi Jinping, and lies about the strength of the economy.
These comments will trigger sharp rallies. Investors will jump back in… only to get their clock cleaned all over again.
There have been bear markets without recessions, but never a recession without a bear market.
I have experienced 13 bear markets and 7 recessions and have never seen such ineptness and spewing of untruths in any of them.
Wednesday August 14 “Bulls “Must” Hold the Line….or else”
Why worry about buying, I wrote yesterday, “The Fed is there with another cut in rates, or verbal hype, and it has been a long time since this administration floated an untruth about optimism on trade talks.”
Within 90 minutes of my post, the administration announced it would postpone the 10% tariff on $300 billion of Chinese goods scheduled for Sept. 1 until Dec. 15. The DJIA shot up372 points erasing Monday’s 391 point loss.
It is clear to me the announcement was timed to prevent another leg down in the market, something this administration and Fed do not want so close to a presidential election year.
As noted Monday, the Fed and administration manipulate the market all the time.
I have argued for letting the market find a level that discounts current and potential negatives. Eventually, the market will do that anyhow, but not until a lot of investors get sucked into stocks by the hype.
At some point, I noted, the Street won’t take the bait then whoosh down the market goes to a level that does discount the negatives.
THAT JUNCTURE MAY HAVE COME TODAY . PRE-OPEN TRADING INDICATE A BIG DROP AT THE OPEN IN FACE OF THE INVERSION OF THE 2-YEAR AND 10-YEAR YIELD CURVE, THE FIRST INVERSION SINCE 2007.
Expect the Fed or administration to counter with a commentary that rebuts the seriousness of the yield curve inversion.
Tuesday August 13, 2019 “Street’s Algos Unflappable Until Overridden By Selling”
Buyers will rule UNTIL someone breaks ranks and sells, triggering a stampede to sell. This is a “I won’t sell if they don’t sell” mentality. The Street’s algos are unflappable until overridden by common sense.
So far buyers are there on pullbacks even though they are paying up for stocks. Why worry, the Fed is there with another cut in rates, or the verbal hype, and it has been a long time since the administration floated an untruth about optimism on trade talks.
Both the Fed and administration manipulate the market all the time, as well as huge pools of leveraged money.
But, comes a time, all that doesn’t work, buyers are chased away by fundamental, domestic and international developments, and big investors scramble to lock in profits.
This negative rant must get old after a while, but all I am saying is, there are soooo many signs of trouble that aren’t discounted in valuations, and that situation won’t last forever.
When this aging and overpriced bull market heads down to a level that reasonably values stocks, it will happen suddenly, 12% – 18% in a matter of days and that will more than sting.
Monday August 12 “There Are No New Eras for Stocks”
If this market were trading 25% lower in face of hurtful tariffs, struggling global economies on the threshold of recession, stagnant corporate earnings, excessive individual, corporate and government debt that limits future growth, international tensions and a government under fire, I would feel more comfortable about buying, simply because these negative would be largely discounted.
By historical yardsticks, this market is overvalued, possibly by more that 25%. The Shiller price/earnings ratio is 29.5 versus a mean of 16.6, that’s higher than before the 2007 – 2009 bear market, and as high as the market before the ’29 crash. While the market is not as overvalued as the 44.2 P/E in December 1999 when the dot-com bubble burst causing a 50% plunge in the S&P 500 (78% plunge in Nasdaq), there is enough good reason to have a healthy cash reserve.
A NEW ERA FOR STOCKS ? That’s what the Street generally thinks at market tops. With algorithms doing so much of the Street’s thinking, this market can hang tough….until something unexpected outside of the algo programming metrics and you have a stampede for the exits….and no buyers.
The only thing new about this era is the degree to which the market has been casinoized. Bull and bear markets happen. We are overdue for the latter. All it takes is for a couple of major institutions to ditch their algos, break ranks and sell – the others will follow. That justifies taking steps to protect one’s portfolio with a cash reserve of 30% +. Depending on one’s tolerance for risk, that could be greater.
Friday August 9 “Easy Does It !”
Was the recent four-day, 6.7% loss in the market the beginning of a major correction (12% – 18% downer), or a bear market, down 35% – 45%, or just another blip in a 10-year old bull market ?
On the positive: The bulls have weathered a lot of bad news (trade news, threat of recession talk, Iran, impeachment) and are still hanging tough.
Negative: The bulls may be at the breaking point where just one more negative could trigger a breaking in ranks on the Street where a few big funds sell, prompting others to do likewise, and whoosh !
The DJIA Has recouped two-thirds of its August loss, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Comp. a bit more.
There is overhead supply above yesterday’s close fueled mostly by in ramp up in the trade war between the US and China.
While today will start off on the downside, the real test will come later in the morning. If the bulls step in aggressively, they can run the market back up to the old highs.
Failure to do so would lead to a test of the August lows of DJIA 25,440, S&P 500: 2,822, Nasdaq Comp.:7,662.
Thursday August 8, 2019
“Absolutely NO ROOM For a Rally Failure Today”
Let me pose this question one more time.
Why is the Fed is such a hurry to cut interest rates ?
Is it because it wants to make it easier for corporations to borrow money to buy back their own stock running the price up to enhance the value of Executive holdings and options ?
Is it because the Fed wants to punish investors in fixed income investments ?
NO ! It’s because the Fed is scared stiff the economy will be in a recession in 2020, a presidential election year.
According to AXIOS Markets (Dion Raboun Aug. 7) and CME Group’s Fed Watch, the Street is pricing in a 50% likelihood that the Fed will cut rates three times by year-end. Raboun added, the “only reason for the Fed to cut rates by one percentage points or more in a year would be that the U.S. economy is in peril.
The Street’s algos are programmed to buy at the market, but especially on dips in prices.
If the money managers, brokers and analysts see a recession, they will have to change the algos, and since there has never been a recession without a bear market, their action will trigger a free-fall in stocks far worse than what we have seen in recent days.
It will happen, if not this time down, then in the near- to intermediate term future.
The Fed is artificially and irresponsibly propping this market up with a lot of inaccurate rhetoric and now with rate cuts.
They should let the market adjust to known and perceived negatives and find a level that discounts them. That would be a way to head off the flash crash which is a straight down phenom that does serious damage.
What No One on Wall Street Wants to Hear
>We are in the late innings of an economic expansion, so a recession is a good bet. The current expansion started in June 2009, has lasted 120 months, the longest in history, twice as long as the average length of 11 cycles since 1945.
> Of the 10 recessions since 1950, the average time between the low point in the unemployment rate and the start of a recession was just 3.8 months. The unemployment rate is 3.6% which was hit in May. Technically, we won’t know when the start of the current recession is official for months after the fact, since that conclusion is reached by the Nat’l Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and they consider host of economic indicators.
>Bear markets lead the beginning of recessions by 3 to 12 months. The current bull market at 123 months is 4 times the average of the last 15 bulls going back to 1957
>Nine out of the last 10 recessions have occurred with a Republican in the White House.
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