Stocks are still trying to break out of this massive range since early 2018. After some selling early this week, the range is still intact. I think this chart of the Global 100 Index tells the story best: [Read more…]
I’ve been following the work Willie Delwiche for years. As both a CFA and CMT Charterholder, I think it helps him really put things in perspective for the Advisors he works with at RW Baird. I really enjoyed the conversation we had about the markets and his process. Willie incorporates a number of breadth and sentiment measures that I’ve always been a fan of. He helps the Investment Advisors at the firm work with their clients and manages several portfolios as well. In this podcast episode we discuss a number of different things from Interest Rates to Gardening. It was fun to get to know Willie a bit more! [Read more…]
In this Episode of Allstarcharts Weekly, Steve and I make the bear case for US Stocks. I think we’ve been pretty clear about the fact that we believe stocks resolve this consolidation since 2018 higher, not lower. But I always think it’s important to take the other side and consider the alternative. What will the market environment most likely look like if we’re wrong, and we should be selling stocks rather than buying them. I think we brought up some good points here. [Read more…]
We look at a lot of intermarket relationships and try to analyze the same things, but from different perspectives. It’s all part of the weight of the evidence approach that we so often preach. Today we’re focusing in on the relative strength (or weakness) in Consumer Staples as a heads up for the next move in the US Stock Market.
Consumer Staples are funny bunch. Think about it like this: regardless of how bad the economy might get, as a society we’re still going to brush our teeth, wash our dishes, smoke cigarettes and drink beers. Those are Consumer Staples. They tend to be less volatile and underperform when stocks in general are going higher, but outperform when stocks are selling off, for the same reasons.
This chart here really shows this powerful relationship. Normally when we look at relative strength, we like to put the asset or sector in question as the numerator. But to really see the high positive correlation, we flipped the ratio below so the S&P500 is the numerator and Consumer Staples are the denominator. So if the chart at the bottom is going up, Staples are underperforming, and if it’s going down, Staples are outperforming. [Read more…]
This is the video recording of the September 2019 Conference Call.
Raoul Pal is someone whose work I’ve admired for years, both for his global macro perspective on the markets and the amazing job he and his team have done with Real Vision. I like how they’ve removed a lot of the conflicts of interest that come with traditional media reporting and the sensationalizing that comes along as a result.
As a Macro Analyst, he does a lot of intermarket, or “cross-asset”, analysis. Raoul and I see the world through a similar lens. One area where we differ is in our experiences throughout our careers and how that’s shaped our view points and biases. I really enjoyed that part of the conversation. As far as current markets are concerned, Raoul thinks that negative rates in the U.S. are a real possibility. He’s pointing out 30+ year trends in the bonds market. We discuss Bonds as well as a wide variety of topics in this episode.
When was the last time Small-caps were not a mess? At least a year now right?
The bearish argument has been that small-caps (and others) are underperforming the large-cap stocks and therefore, the divergence is a warning signal that the market is about to fall apart. Along the way, I’ve asked the question,
What if we get rotation into small-caps rather than the rotation out of large-caps that you keep promising me?”
In other words, instead of the last ones finally falling, what if the stocks down in the dumps get their act together and start playing catch-up?
What does the market look like in that scenario?
Well, I’m still in the camp that we see the latter, rotation into small-caps, not the former where the S&P500 crashes and we go into recession. Here are small-caps relative to large-caps. If we are going to start to see outperformance from the little guys, this would certainly be a logical place for it to start: [Read more…]
From the desk of Tom Bruni @BruniCharting
Thursday was an important near-term inflection point for several major asset classes.
This post is going to cover what’s moving, why we’re taking notice, and what it could mean going forward.