What’s in a number? If a picture is worth a thousand words can a number be worth an exponential amount of that thousand? Dare I answer with a resounding “yep!”.
Quarter one of 2019 is in the books. The markets got off to a great start this year, but most of the return came in the first 2 months.
Even when an analysis is based on fraudulent financial reports - the trailing stop is the investors last line of defense.
The Fed deciding not to increase rates, and instead to “be patient” is another way of saying they have zero confidence in our economy’s ability to handle rates at even 3% for 10 years – which is incredibly bearish.
It’s so bearish that the market loves it. The market loves easy money. Many market participants (and people in general) fail to look at the second order effects and instead focus only on the first order effects of a decision.
In February, markets continued to power higher with the S&P 500 Index (SPX) up 2.97% bringing the year-to-date return to 11.08% through the end of the month. At this rate – the market should be up 66.48% this year, right? I think this is an unlikely outcome but it sure is fun to extrapolate.
Happy Birthday Grams!
The stock market has continued to run higher and higher, seemingly without a breather of any kind. We are witnessing one of the sharpest v-shaped recoveries that markets have ever seen – and as we know from experience – things that can’t go on forever, won’t. And the kicker is that since falling nearly 20% to end 2018, not only have the markets still not made a new all-time high, they still haven’t even made a higher high.
On the bright side, we did finally see prices close solidly above the 200-day moving average (for the S&P 500), signaling a possible resumption of the long-term up-trend.
We have continued to cautiously allocate capital over the past couple weeks. I still don’t see the odds as being in our favor for a quick return to new all-time-highs.
Markets have rallied to start the year with tax-loss selling having run its course and a lot of value being found by stock screening programs. You see, if the market price has come down but the projected earnings have not yet been updated, a given stock will appear relatively cheaper than it used to. But this is fool’s gold if it turns out that the earnings are later revised lower on a forward basis.