A Market Timing Report based on the 3-24-2016 Close, published Sunday March 27th, 2016
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1. SP500 Index: The Atlanta Fed lowered their GDP estimate for the first quarter to 1.4% from 2.3% shown on their Excel file and from 2.6% if you read their graph HERE. Makes you wonder about their methodology doesn’t it? I believe the market will have to adjust lower, even if it does not crash from these levels. How do we go higher on a “growth slowing” basis? If we make even more money on our existing long exposure, it’s not likely going to be warranted by the earnings season just around the corner in early April.
SP500 Large Cap Index (click chart to enlarge; SPX, SPY):
Sentiment is slightly more Bullish this week among individual investors (AAII.com), though definitely not at an extreme, with the Bull minus Bear spread at 10.1% this week (Bulls 33.8% and Bears 23.7% with Neutrals a Bullish 42.5%). See comments from last week on why that’s Bullish.
2. U.S. Small caps are STILL both above the 1040.47 level that for me defines a Bear market transition point, but now back below 1080.61. Weakness is rising. AND AGAIN: My working hypothesis is that the economic slowing process has not yet reversed and that a retest of the prior lows (or worse) will occur by the end of June.
Russell 2000 U.S. Small Cap Index (click chart to enlarge; RUT, IWM):
3. Gold: Last week I told you to “follow the dollar… The risk now is that the US dollar actually starts to rise as Draghi and other currency warriors print their own currencies. “Dollar up” would cause gold to pause at best or fall for a while until the Euro, yen and yuan lose enough value to satisfy those in the devaluation war.” In short, the dollar rallied off of support, but as I said, the rest of the world won’t stand for too much dollar strength and our Fed won’t either with our economy slowing. I’d say GLD has downside risk to at least 113.99 as a test of both the prior breakout conviction as well as the 50 day moving average for technical traders.
Gold ETF (click chart to enlarge the chart; GLD):
4. U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield (click chart to enlarge; TNX,TYX,TLT,TBF): Despite the dollar strength that drove the 10 Year yield up to just below the 1.905% resistance point, as said above, there is a limit to how much dollar strength will occur in a backdrop of a slowing US economy.
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