Answer: Only three things can happen - and only one of them good!
Stock markets (or individual stocks) can go Up, Down, or Sideways (UNCH); passes (even deflated ones) can be Caught, Incompleted, or Intercepted.
What a greeting from the stock market coming back from vacation! While helplessly on the road Friday, it gave the indication that it would resume today - did it ever. The rebound was impressive, whether it was from the Fed (as China is wont to do), short covering, or -from Barron's- increased stock But Backs. 60% of the S&P 500 stocks used them this year, versus 30% in 2011.
In his newsletter, master Technician John Murphy said the October 2014 lows had to hold to avoid a rout - today the SPX and Nasdaq did hold, the DJIA (30) did not. It has been nearly 4 years since we've had a meaningful correction in stocks, so this could be a blessing in disguise, however painful. Technically, in a Presidential (4 year) cycle, the pre-election year (2015) is by far the best performer - up 16% on average - we now have a ways to go to get there.
Traditionally, JASON (July thru November) is the worst half of the year, with August, Sept., and Oct. the three worst - Nov. and Dec. are usually the best, along with January. Veteran analyst Laszlo Birinyi has called for 3200 on the SPX (500) within a couple years - that's a leap!!!
Sentiment - wise, the VIX leapt up to a rare 28 last week, and Advancing/Declining stocks (breadth) was dismal, as were the new highs to lows. One of my fave short term indicators - the McClellan Oscillator shot down through the -50 line: to -71, usually a BUY signal; better late than never. Money has been flowing into MMFs (money markets) for over a month now, and last week's Volume was huge, considering the heavy hitters were supposed to be on vaca (I guess the HFT computers were not).
|New Hi's/Low's||Nasdaq h/l||153/468||151/339|
|COT:SPX w/w||large/small (net)k||13k/(33k)||N/A|
|off.&bd b/s.vs.||10% holder b/s||discont.|
|US equity -ICI||Fund Flows||weekDelay||(2.3B)|
|MMF flows||Change in $B||11.0B||8.3B|
|MargDebt- top (300M)||monthly||505B||JUNE:|
|2-yr Tsy Yield: Inflation||0.62%||N/A|
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