So far, the month of December has sucked.
From Powell to Gundlach, to Trump, and a falling oil prices, there hasn’t been much “holiday cheer…”
However, with the market very oversold, there is still hope that “Santa Claus” could soon appear.
If we take a look back at history, going back to 1957, we find that only a small percentage of the time does the market decline for more than 4-weeks in a row without a reflexive bounce.
The red vertical bars are every 4- or more consecutive negative return weeks as compared to the S&P 500. As you will note in the statistics, out of the total period of time analyzed 57% of weeks are positive versus 43% negative. Notice that “clusters” of 4- or more negative weeks occur around market peaks and bear markets as opposed to bullish market trending periods. The last cluster of periods was during the 2015-2016 correction.
Of the total number of negative weeks, 33% were negative 4- or more weeks consecutively. However, those 4- or more negative weeks only accounted for a 14% of the total periods analyzed.
However, what about the month of December only. The chart below is the same as the chart above but looks at ONLY the months of December.
What we find is that of all the months of December going back to 1957, there have only been 9-December months that posted 4-consecutive negative weeks.
While we are currently 3-weeks into a very brutal month of December, there is still hope of an oversold bounce to “sell” into heading into the new year. There is a case to be made for this as mutual, pension, and hedge funds “dress” their portfolios for year-end reporting. However, January could well see a resumption of pressure as mangers can sell positions with still large gains and defer taxes into 2020.
Given the collapse in oil prices, the sharp rotation into bonds and rising volatility, it is highly likely that any rally over the course of the post-Christmas week should not be taken for granted.
It could well be a “gift” for investors heading into 2019.
Just something to think about as you catch up on your weekend reading list.
Economy & Fed
- How The Fed’s Stockpiling Of Ammunition Could Blow Up by Caroline Baum via MarketWatch
- Another Warning Of A 2019 Recession by Raul Elizalde via Forbes
- The Market Won’t Like Powell Nuanced Policy by Neil Irwin via NYT
- So, NOW You Want Easier Money by Scott Sumner via The Money Illusion
- The Fed Is Panicking by Nomi Prins via The Daily Reckoning
- Trump Preps His Scapegoat For The Recession: The Fed by Evan Kraft via The Hill
- White House vs. Fed? White House Wins by Steven Forbes via Forbes
- How To Make A Trade War Even Worse by Jennifer Hillman via NYT
- 86% Of Government Spending Is On Autopilot by IBD
- Tepper: Move To Cash – The Fed Put Is Dead by Tyler Durden via ZeroHedge
- Santa Is Coming To Wall Street – After Christmas by Mark Hulbert via MarketWatch
- Cash In King by Charlie Bilello via Pension Partners
- The Stealth Bear Market by David Hay via Evergreen Gavekal
- A New Low – Just What Investors Wanted For Christmas by Dana Lyons via The Lyons Share
- The Bubble Is Losing Air by Satyajit Das via Bloomberg
- S&P’s Lower Low Means More To Go by Tomi Kilgore via MarketWatch
- Bull Vs. Bears Going Into 2019 by Enda Curran & Alessandro Speciale via Bloomberg
- Fear Not by Robert Seawright via Above The Market
- 2019 Market Outlook by Liz Ann Sonders via Charles Schwab
- Jelly Of The Month Club by Erik Swarts via Market Anthology
- Which Way Are Rates Headed by JC Parets via All Start Charts
- Twas The Night Before Christmas (Market Review) by David Resler via RCM
Most Read On RIA
- You Have A Trading Problem: 10-Steps To Fix It by Lance Roberts
- Gundlach’s Remarks Mean It’s Time To Check Your Allocation by John Coumarianos
- A Major Technical Breakdown Just Occurred by Jesse Colombo
- What You Need To Know About Bear Markets by Richard Rosso
- The Myth Of Diversification by David Robertson
- Has BTFD Become STFR? by Lance Roberts
- Greetings From Stiltsville by Michael Lebowitz
- The Secular Bear Market In Oil Remains by Lance Roberts
Research / Interesting Reads
- Only 27% Of Workers Received A Raise In 2018 by Patrick Hill via The Progressive Ensign
- Brexit: No Confidence, No Clarity by Simon Constable via Korn Ferry Institute
- The Year In Money by Bloomberg
- The Hyperbole Of 2018 Is Overdone by Clifford Asness via AQR
- 50-Reasons We Don’t Invest Long-Term by Joe Wiggins via Behavioural Investment
- A Million Pension Checks At Risk by Susan Tompor via USA Today
- What Is A Recession? by Niraj Chokshi via NYT
- Recession Obsession by Jeffrey Carter via Points & Figures
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Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for RIA Advisors. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Podcast” and Chief Editor of the “Real Investment Advice” website and author of “Real Investment Daily” blog and “Real Investment Report“. Follow Lance on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In and YouTube