NOW is it a Bull Market?

The super rally for S&P 500 (SPY) this week has extra individuals believing the bull market is at hand. 43 12 months funding veteran Steve Reitmeister weighs in together with his up to date market outlook at buying and selling plan. (Spoiler alert: the longer term for inventory costs is probably not as vibrant as marketed). Get the total story under.

Shares burst by means of stiff resistance at 4,200 for the S&P 500 (SPY) on Thursday. Then Friday put an exclamation level on the transfer by closing all the best way up at 4,282.


Can we lastly name this the brand new bull market?

And what does that imply for shares within the days forward?

These well timed matters would be the focus of at the moment’s commentary in addition to our buying and selling technique going ahead.

Market Commentary

There are already many individuals claiming that is the brand new bull market. And it is perhaps true in time. Nonetheless, proper now shares fail the official definition which is a 20% acquire from the closing low.

So again on October 12, 2022 the S&P 500 closed at its lowest stage of three,577.03. Now add 20% to that equates to shares needing to shut above 4,292.44 to technically be known as a brand new bull market.

(Sure, the market did hit an intraday low of three,491 in October. However the official measure of bull and bear markets is predicated on closing costs like shared above).

In order of Friday’s shut we’re simply 10 factors away from an official crowning of a brand new bull market. That occasion would seemingly would spark a severe FOMO rally as extra bears would throw within the towel, however first a phrase of warning…


Please do not forget that this rally was all concerning the announcement of a debt ceiling deal. But as shared in my latest article, that end result was by no means doubtful as a result of permitting a default is a nuclear choice that neither get together can afford.

When the irrational exuberance clears out subsequent week buyers shall be proper again to the identical bull/bear debate as as to if we may very well be heading right into a future recession. The newest financial knowledge was a combined bag in that regard beginning with ISM Manufacturing coming in effectively underneath expectations at 46.9. Plus, the forward-looking New Orders part plummeted to 42.6 level to weaker outcomes forward.

Sure, under 50 = contraction. And sure, now we have been underneath 50 since November with no recession forming. However with it directionally getting worse, it’s actually not a optimistic for these calling for a bull market.

However Reity, how concerning the sturdy employment report Friday morning…actually that’s trigger for some bullish cheer, proper?


On the whole, the market ought to be ok with indicators of financial power like 339K jobs added which was a whopping 80% higher than anticipated. Nonetheless, it’s not a optimistic factor when the Fed continues to be very a lot urgent on the brakes of the financial system to tamp down inflation.

Probably the most resilient (aka sticky) types of inflation is wage inflation. That’s nonetheless too excessive as a result of the labor market too sturdy. Thus, if you’re a Fed official relying upon the latest knowledge to make your subsequent price choice…then at the moment’s far too sturdy employment report will solely stiffen their hawkish resolve.

Right this moment’s information nonetheless has the percentages of a 6/14 price hike at solely 30%. That means buyers predict a pause which the Fed has signaled is almost certainly. BUT the percentages of a price enhance once more in July simply spiked to 70% which says that buyers notice the Fed will not be achieved with their hawkish regime (and that’s NOT bullish).

Now think about this chart of the unemployment price simply earlier than the beginning of every recession:

It’s abundantly clear that the unemployment price is a lagging indicator of recessions as it’s wanting its effervescent finest simply earlier than the subsequent recession begins.

However certainly, we do have to see job provides truly roll damaging, and unemployment price spike to substantiate {that a} recession is at hand. Given all of the earlier false indicators of a recession forming…that is what shall be essential to persuade buyers to promote shares in earnest as soon as once more.

Reity, is it doable that you’re unsuitable and that that is truly the beginning of the brand new bull market?

Sure. That’s doable which is why my 2 e-newsletter portfolios are mainly 50% lengthy presently. What you may name balanced and able to shift extra bullish or bearish when extra concrete proof avails itself.

The important thing presently is to recollect the painful classes from the 2007 to 2009 bear market (aka Nice Recession). Shares technically rang in a brand new bull market given a 20% rally from the November 2008 lows into early January 2009. Subsequent factor you already know shares fall one other 28% to a ultimate and painful low in March 2009.

These false breakouts are far too widespread within the trendy period given the undue affect performed by pc based mostly merchants. Their favourite sport is pushing shares previous key ranges of resistance and assist to attract within the suckers…then they reverse course locking in ample income on the expense of others.

I’ll get extra bullish when the percentages of recession really diminish. As already shared, that isn’t the case leaving my balanced strategy in place.

At this stage I think shares will mess around in a spread of 4,200 to 4,300 into the 6/14 Fed announcement the place they more likely to remind people ONCE AGAIN that there’s extra work to do. And charges will keep larger for longer. And nonetheless don’t plan to decrease charges til 2024. And that inflation is simply too sticky. And that their base case is {that a} recession will kind earlier than they’re achieved with their efforts to get inflation right down to 2% goal.

Traders appear to have a month-to-month case of amnesia between Fed bulletins. Then unload as they’re by some means shocked by what Powell says repeatedly on the press conferences. So, I feel getting extra aggressively lengthy shares earlier than that mid June announcement appears fairly unwise.

What To Do Subsequent?

Uncover my balanced portfolio strategy for unsure instances. The identical strategy that has overwhelmed the S&P 500 by a large margin in latest months.

This technique was constructed based mostly upon over 40 years of investing expertise to understand the distinctive nature of the present market surroundings.

Proper now, it’s neither bullish or bearish. Relatively it’s confused and unsure.

But, given the info in hand, we’re almost certainly going to see the bear market popping out of hibernation mauling shares decrease as soon as once more.

Gladly we will enact methods to not simply survive that downturn…however even thrive. That’s as a result of with 40 years of investing expertise this isn’t my first time to the bear market rodeo.

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Wishing you a world of funding success!

Steve Reitmeister…however everybody calls me Reity (pronounced “Righty”)
CEO, and Editor, Reitmeister Whole Return

SPY shares rose $0.08 (+0.02%) in after-hours buying and selling Friday. 12 months-to-date, SPY has gained 12.32%, versus a % rise within the benchmark S&P 500 index throughout the identical interval.

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