Market Timing Brief™ for the 3-24-2017 Close (UPDATE for Small Caps 3-30-2017): Big League Failure by Trump Administration on Health Care and Stock Market Doesn’t Care (so far). Trump to “Pivot.” Gold and Rates Both Leaning Toward Failure of Trump Growth Plans.

A Market Timing Report based on the 3-24-2017 Close, published Sunday March 26, 2017

I deliver focused comments on market timing once or twice a week.  These are supplemented with daily “Tweets/StockTwits” (see links below).

UPDATE 3-30-17: Small Caps In Up Trend

Small cap stocks held market timing support at the bottom of the range just as suspected (we bought very near the low as documented on StockTwits/Twitter – links below).  We’ll have to see how they behave as we approach that top.  Stay tuned on social media for further trades. Remember that small cap stocks are generally not as exposed to the border tax issue unless they import a lot of their products/inputs from abroad of course.  Look at all your stocks from big to small and consider selling them if they are overly exposed to Trump policies and consider moving the funds to a broad index instead.  I’m staying long this market until things say otherwise, but no need to have the wrong exposures.   

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Making progress, moving toward top of recent range.

1.  SP500 Index: Trump’s AHCA Health Care Plan blew up along with Speaker Ryan’s leadership resume on Friday, when the Republicans could not herd their cats to pass a bill to kill Obamacare, something they had already passed many times over seven years.  It was a colossal defeat and may make the market nervous about tax relief and other Trump plans.  He will have to develop more consensus on tax cuts or he can forget passing much of anything going forward. 

Democrats found themselves backed by of all things “the People,” who called in massive numbers to express their opinions and jeered at town halls to push back on AHCA.  They won…big league.  The People have spoken.  They want other Americans to have health care coverage, even when they cannot afford it, in greater numbers than those who think “you should take care of yourself” whether you can or can’t.  There were only – get this – 17% of people who wanted the AHCA bill to pass.  Need more polls?  It was a horrible bill no one liked, not compassionate conservative Republicans and not Freedom Caucus members who want to throw medical care issues back to the states (which would make some states targets for migration. It’s an impractical idea in the national context). 

The GOP is fractured and the Democrats are unified.  That does not add up to progress unless Trump works with Democrats, which I predict he will now do.  He’s going to pivot to win again.  After all, consider his history and you’ll realize that beyond gun control and military expansion, he’s more of a “Bloomberg-type Republican.”  He has said he is for providing “health care for everybody.”

Trump also claims he will help the middle class more than the rich, although that remains to be proven, considering the huge $883 Billion of savings for the rich in the now failed ACHA Health Bill.  But Trump is all about winning, and Republicans burned him, so here comes the big pivot in my view.  He will leave the Freedom Caucus in the dust and work with moderate Republicans and Democrats to get things done.  Remember even the Freedom Caucus will love his military plans.  He’ll pass infrastructure plans with Democrats and moderate Republicans.  Get the picture?  It’s a whole new equation.

In the meantime, where are my “market timing signals”?  The stock signal is OFF, the gold signal is OFF, and signalling slow growth, and the rate signal is OFF signalling slow growth.  Why not cut and run?  Because these pullbacks based on a pessimistic Fed view of economic growth have not yet been deadly.  Neither stocks nor rates have totally broken down and are in a place where they could bounce.  Furthermore, gold has TWO ways to flourish as I outlined last week HERE.

Continue to follow my 3 signals defined in early February HERE.

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SP500 Large Cap Index (click chart to enlarge; SPX, SPY):

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Testing 50 day moving average and deciding on the economy’s prospects.

Survey Says!  Sentiment of individual investors (AAII.com) showed a Bull minus Bear percentage spread of  +4.78% up from -7.53% the prior week.  Market timing believers should still be long, as we’re near the highs and optimism is FAR from it. 

Thurs. 12 am close to poll Bulls               35.28% Neutrals 34.22% Bears      30.50%

2.  U.S. Small Caps: I opened a position in small caps for the first time in a while based on the belief that the market had reached an inflection point.  At such a point the higher the “beta” you own, the better the market timing bounce on the turn.  I’ve previously shared why I favor midcap stocks over longer periods of time.

I may reduce exposure by dropping small caps at an upcoming high. This all assumes that the market still finds some belief in the near to intermediate term prospects of the economy, which I currently favor.

Russell 2000 U.S. Small Cap Index  (click chart to enlarge; IWM, RUT):

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Coming off bottom of the range.

3. Gold: Gold has bounced from a retest of the 115.00-115.20 target range, which means it’s forming a reverse head and shoulders, a Bullish market timing signal.  Gold believes “Trump Growth” is in trouble and rates will stay low, and rates have in fact moved lower.

This correlation will stand on it’s head and wake up market timing experts if and when it ever buys “Trump Growth” again.  Why?  Because rates rise when growth is robust, not when it’s marginal.  Does this mean that the Fed cannot raise rates a bit more?  No.  They can hike rates as long as doing so does not slow the economy to a crawl.  Stay tuned to this battle of rising rates vs. growth, because it will be with us for many months.

Gold ETF (click chart to enlarge the chart; GLD):

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Gold in reverse head and shoulders. Points to inflation.

4. U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield (TNX): We had a test of the 2.621% high and of the 2.489% breakout.  We’re now below both.  “Trump Growth” that goes beyond the already established growth trajectory (even with its bumps of falling earnings this past year), of about 2% a year is what rates need in order to rise.  Two percent growth is all the Fed sees as it gives no credit to Trump for “possible growth.”  The Federal Reserve’s public messages have been clear: “Show us the growth.”

U.S. 10 Year Treasury Note Yield (click chart to enlarge; TNX, IEF, TYX,TLT,TBF):

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Rates are down wondering about “Trump Growth.”

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2 Responses to Market Timing Brief™ for the 3-24-2017 Close (UPDATE for Small Caps 3-30-2017): Big League Failure by Trump Administration on Health Care and Stock Market Doesn’t Care (so far). Trump to “Pivot.” Gold and Rates Both Leaning Toward Failure of Trump Growth Plans.

  1. Charles says:

    Thank you David! I am buying these pull backs as trades. Working nicely. Holding 20% cash! Do you expect the S&P will reclaim the high?

    • David Durand says:

      You are welcome! I expect the market to make brand new all time highs as long as US growth continues to accelerate as it has been doing. Tax cuts will likely be passed as well as infrastructure plans, so more stimulus lies ahead for the U.S. economy. Any disappointment in regards to Trump’s plans will lead to a dip/correction however, so we’re in the “show me” stage for Trump policy enactment.

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