How can stocks approach the current macroeconomic setup?
Totally not transitory inflation readings didn’t sink S&P 500 – stocks recovered, and are likely to spend trading today near 4,400. Credit markets didn’t disappoint after all, but the sectoral composition isn’t a picture of screaming strength. Value erased steep intraday losses, so did the Russell 2000, but tech visibly lagged instead of being prodded by retreating yields. VIX also is approaching the more complacent end of its spectrum.
So, how far could the bulls make it? 4,420 is one resistance level, and then prior local highs at 4,470 await. The fate of this correction is being decided right there, and it’s my view we have lower than 4,260 to go still. Therefore, I’m taking a big picture view, and that is one of continuous inflation surprises to the upside forcing the Fed to taper, which it may or may not do. The policy risks of letting inflation run wild are increasing, so the central bank would find it hard not to deliver fast – the market would consider that a policy mistake.
The tone of yesterday’s FOMC minutes has calmed the Treasury market jitters, and the dollar succumbed. So did inflation expectations, but the shape of the TIP:TLT candle suggests that inflation isn’t done and out. The Fed is in no position to break it, supply chain pressures, energy crunch and heating job market guarantee that it will be stubbornly with us for longer than the steadily increasing number of quarters Fed officials are admitting to.
That’s what precious metals and commodities are sensing, by the way. Cryptos aren’t having second thoughts either. Copper caught spectacular fire, and its sudden outperformance is very conducive to real assets appreciation. But where does that leave stocks?
Counting on the Fed being behind the curve, inflation has the power to derail the S&P 500 bull run – the more so it runs unchecked. The 1970s stagflation brought several wild swings, cutting the index in half as it spent the decade in a trading range. And given the breadth characteristics of the 500-strong index these days, the risks to the downside can’t be underestimated. What’s my target of 4,260 in this light?
Let’s consider that from the portfolio point of view – purely stock market traders might prefer to short exhaustion at 4,420 or the approach to 4,470, or balance the short position’s risk in the stock market with precious metals, cryptos and commodity bets they way I do it – and it’s working just fine as the precious metals and crypto positions do great while I’m waiting for retracement in oil and copper (in price or in time).
Let’s move right into the charts (all courtesy of www.stockcharts.com).
S&P 500 and Nasdaq Outlook
S&P 500 is in the early phase of its bullish upswing, which can fizzle out easily unless the 50-day moving average is conquered again. The bulls have benefit of the (short-term) doubt.
Quality debt instruments and HYG turned around, lending credibility to yesterday’s stock rebound.
Gold, Silver and Miners
Precious metals are finally on a tear, and the exhaustive move in the miners being reversed this fast, has legs. Get ready for a challenge to $1,840 next as the fireworks I was looking for, arrived.
Crude oil consolidates in a very narrow range, and the low volume hints at better not expecting too much downside.
Last three days, copper didn’t really look back, and clearly wants to outperform the CRB Index, which has very positive implications for precious metals in the very least. The predictive effect upon the real economy needs to be viewed in light of monetary and fiscal policies getting potentially less supportive, though.
Bitcoin and Ethereum
The expected crypto pause came, and is gone, how did you like it? The crypto bull run is on!
Stock market rebound has to deal with 4,420 now, and in today’s extensive analysis, I talked how to approach the current macroeconomic setup (inflation, taper reflected in Treasuries and the dollar) accounting for real assets too. S&P 500 isn’t likely out of the woods yet, and the next few days will be a crucial in showing whether we’re past this correction, or not. Or, if more than a few percent dip awaits. The places to enjoy strong gains, are precious metals, cryptos and commodities.
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