Our Current Market Outlook has been upgraded to “Market in an Uptrend” with a green light. The Fed’s interest rate hikes continue to be a serious headwind for growth stocks and the general stock market indexes, but inflation is moderating. The recent attempt for support at the S&P 500’s 50-day moving average is trying to hold. While the market is not out of the woods yet, the technical action has improved and is showing initial institutional accumulation. The economy is still facing a difficult environment due to higher interest rates, but the stock market is always looking into the future. Prepare mentally for choppy market conditions.
As a young boy, we used to ask the children’s joke, “If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?” Answer: Pilgrims. While that answer is a funny and historical play on words from our childhood, maybe a more appropriate answer today would be… allergies.
Along those lines, the stock market is sick and is having its own bout with allergies. Apparently, higher rates equate to hay fever. This time around though, Dr. Fed Reserve is withholding the Allegra.
This morning the S&P 500 is attempting to hold at a minor “last hope” support level 0f 4062. Our Current Market Outlook remains “Market in a Correction” with a red light. The “Core Four” (see top of page) now shows 1 green, no yellow and 3 red lights. Note: That is a slight improvement as the level of bearishness is entering a level that suggests the fear in nearing a climax move.
If the stock market can shake off this morning’s early price dive and close higher than yesterday with a big uptick in volume, that could set the stage for an oversold bounce in the days ahead. If it can’t rally later today and instead closes lower on high volume, then expect the stock markets sickness to worsen into bronchitis on Monday and head lower.
We are grateful to our Lord Jesus for wisdom that He has given us through this difficult period as 3 of our 4 strategies are positive for the year. Our cash position remains significant.
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Game plan: Be prayerful and hopeful. Wait for this period of contraction to play out in the next phase. Patiently wait for a new confirmed uptrend signal (the elephants – smart $ – stampeding back in) before committing large amounts of your capital back into stocks.
Have a Triumphant day! ®
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