From the desk of Steve Strazza @sstrazza
At the beginning of each week, we publish performance tables for a variety of different asset classes and categories along with commentary on each.
Looking at the past helps put the future into context. In this post, we review the absolute and relative trends at play and preview some of the things we’re watching to profit in the weeks and months ahead.
While the same themes we’ve laid out in previous reports continue to hold strong, we have seen some recent deterioration, particularly in the large-cap sectors and indexes.
Despite an increase in bearish developments, the overall weight of the evidence is still firmly in the bull camp, and we remain aggressive buyers of stocks and risk assets, particularly over any longer-term timeframe.
It is also very important to consider the recent volatility within the context of the primary trend… which is still unequivocally higher in EVERY major US Index.
Over the upcoming weeks, our view is that many of the recent leaders are likely to consolidate at logical resistance levels. So expect some chop. Be ready for whipsaws, and plan your trades accordingly to avoid being shaken out. Position size accordingly and exercise caution.
BUT! Most importantly, be prepared and watch the market closely as this could turn into something more serious, in which case we want to be sure to respect our risk levels and get out if and when they are violated. We put a lot of thought into making sure we always know when and where we are wrong and providing these levels to clients.