On Tuesday, I discussed the issuance of the “weekly sell” signal and the implications for the markets over the intermediate term. However, I also stated the markets could well have a reflexive, oversold, bounce in the short-term with two potential outcomes. To wit:
By the time weekly signals are issued on an intermediate-term basis, the market is generally oversold, with ‘bearish’ sentiment increasing, on a short-term (daily) basis. Given those short-term conditions, it is quite likely the markets will rally next week.”
Chart updated through Thursday.
Of course, it is the success or failure of that rally attempt that will dictate what happens next but with the markets currently oversold, I fully expect the markets to rally in the short-term given even the most modest of positive news. For example, as what drove the spike yesterday as news filtered into the market a deal on the ACA repeal may be forming. Via HuffPo:
“GOP moderates and conservatives are nearing a deal on health care that in theory could get the Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act out of the House and over to the Senate.”
And Steve Mnuchin’s comments on CNBC about the potential of tax reform.
“The Trump administration is close to bringing forward major tax reform, and will unveil a plan very soon.”
While the markets continue to buy into the “jawboning” for now, the economic and political realities are becoming a real risk for the markets. Furthermore, the potential for successful tax reform will be much more difficult than most are currently expecting.
Then there is the “debt ceiling” debate.
When Congress resumes next week, they will immediately pass a “One-Week Continuing Resolution” in order to buy time needed to negotiate a “CR” for the rest of the 2017 fiscal year through August. However, this negotiation will likely come at a “cost” of funding previous ACA requirements and “Planned Parenthood” which many Congressional Republicans strongly oppose.
Again, this is going to further delay “tax reform and cuts” which is what has been the driver of the market rally since last November. Therefore, the question remains:
“How much time does the Administration have to make good on its promises?”
While I do suspect there is a reasonable opportunity for the market rally to continue in the short-term, even potentially setting new highs, there are numerous issues stacking up which could lead to a market stumble this summer.
Which, historically speaking, is likely what the “weekly sell signal” in the markets is currently predicting.
As I stated last week: Pay attention….things are getting interesting.
In the meantime, here is what I am reading this weekend.
- America’s Gilded Age On The Rocks – Part II by Danielle DiMartino-Booth via Money Strong
- Fed’s Rosengren: Fed’s Balance Sheet Used In Next Recession by Tyler Durden via ZeroHedge
- American Hiring Seems Frozen by Elena Holodny via BI
- Nearly Impossible To Repeal & Replace ACA Next Week by Bob Bryan via Business Insider
- Fed’s Only Possible Reason To Raise Rates Is Vanishing by Pedro Da Costa via BI
- Anything President, Everything Bubble by David Stockman via The Daily Reckoning
- Infrastructure Spending Is Crucial by Jonathon Trugman via NY Post
- Trump Bump Turns To Speed Bump by Conrad de Aenlle via NT Times
- Trump: End The West-Wing War & Focus On Growth by Ralph Benko via Forbes
- Tough Road Ahead For “Made In America” by Nick Carey via Reuters
- History Doesn’t Bode Well For Tax Reform by Steve Goldstein via MarketWatch
- Risk The Fed Misinterprets Bond Yields by Tim Duy via Fed Watch
- Why Government Spending Is A Disaster by John Crudele via NY Post
- Why Are Republicans Making Tax Reform So Hard by Steve Forbes via Forbes
- CBO Indicates Importance Of Deficit Reduction by James Capretta via AEI
- Is The US Market At A Major Inflection Point by Financial Sense
- Is Gold’s Comeback Just A Tease? by Michael Kahn via Barron’s
- Next Stop For 10-Year Is 1.5% by Sunny Oh via MarketWatch
- I’m Not Short Simply Because This Bull Won’t Die by Doug Kass via Real Clear Markets
- A Catalog Of Investing Errors by Timarr via Psy-Fi Blog
- Markets Start To Ponder $13T Gorilla by Curran, McCormick & Lam via Bloomberg
- Contrarian: Why The S&P 500 Is NOT Overvalued by Michael Kramer via Investopedia
- Thoughts On Inflation, Rates & Fed by David Kotok via Cumberland Advisors
- Is The Market Ignoring The Peril Ahead? by Robin Wigglesworth via FT
- Bond Yields Follow Economic Data by Bryce Coward via GaveKal Capital
Research / Interesting Reads
- Meltdown In Houston AutoMarket Has An Eerie Past by Wolf Richter via Wolf Street
- The Demographics Of Our Future by Jeffrey Snider via Alhambra Partners
- Why Didn’t Sentiment Translate Into Action? by Caroline Baum via MarketWatch
- Dumb And Dumber-er by The Heisenberg via Seeking Alpha
- Wall Street Is Changing How It Trade ETF’s by Joe Ciolli via BI
- Why We Think We’re Better Investors Than We Are by Gary Belsky via NY Times
- Larry Fink Q&A by Erik Schatzker via Bloomberg
- Lines In The Sand by Howard Marks via OakTree Capital
- Vanguard Growing Faster Than Everyone Else Combined by Landon Thomas via NY Times
- The Seismic Shift Into ETF’s by Lewis Braham via CNBC
- It Costs $409 Billion To Figure Out Our Taxes by IBD
- Retail Apocalypse Ripping Through Economy by Hayley Peterson via BI
- The Value Of “Dry Powder” by John Hussman via Seeking Alpha
- Are Bonds Headed Back To Extraordinary Lows by Dana Lyons via Tumblr
- How The Passive Indexing Mania Went Awry by Jesse Felder via The Felder Report
“The stock market is the story of cycles and of the human behavior that is responsible for overreactions in both directions.” – Seth Klarman
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Lance Roberts is a Chief Portfolio Strategist/Economist for Clarity Financial. He is also the host of “The Lance Roberts Show” 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 and Linked-In