From the Desk of Willie Delwiche.
As the dollar was peaking in late-September, 4% of world markets were above their 50-day average and 4% were above their 200-day average. The dollar now is 8% of that peak (and below its 200-day average for the first time since June 2021). More than two-thirds of ACWI markets are now above their 200-day averages (the most in over a year) and nearly 95% are above their 50-day average (the most in nearly 2 years).
Why It Matters: Dollar weakness may be the catalyst (or one of several catalysts), but the important development is improving global breadth. That is typically supportive of US stocks. Beyond that, dynamics in the current environment are actually pointing to a changing of the guard in terms of global leadership. The US has seen its relative strength wane while Europe and other developed markets have taken the lead. For US investors, this means abandoning home country bias and embracing global diversification.