So Where’s The Rally?

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TLDR

Market appears unable to rally further on the cooling CPI / pivoting Fed combo. Does this mean we go back to fundamentals?

Why did the market not rally more this week?

‘Twas the perfect week. CPI printed low, J-Pow provided an accommodating message – markets should have rallied. No?

Well markets had rallied … already. Since October in fact. And it seems that fundamentals are not providing a cap to the willingness of markets to rally more.

Seems a lot of traders got caught on a classic Bogdanoff trap.

The Rangefinder index

The Rangefinder index remains caught in a range, trending downwards in the last few days. We’re keeping an eye for when it reaches the oversold level. Learn more about this index here.

The Rangefinder index remains caught in a range, trending downwards in the last few days

What does the market look like?

The market is stalling as the Cool CPI + Fed Pivot theme has been largely priced in – whilst the underlying fundamentals are bad and equities are expensive.

What’s bullish?

  • Falling Inflation. Inflation has come down and leading indicators like Input Price PMIs suggest it will continue to fall. Powell pivoted yesterday and pointed to a 50bp hike in December.
  • Short Positioning. S&P 500 Futures Positioning remains short at -20% even after the post-CPI monster squeeze.
  • Bullish Leading Indicators. The TOGGLE Leading Indicator is heading towards positive territory.
  • Recovering Earnings. S&P 500 Forward EPS are posted a nice comeback at $228.40.

What’s bearish?

  • Expensive Valuations. Valuations are expensive. S&P P/E at 17.2x with dropping PMIs and earnings is not great.
  • Weak Economic Growth. Growth looks shabby across the world, with New Order PMIs at 47 in the US and … 40 (!!!) in Europe
  • Bad Seasonality. S&P 500 Seasonality is bad for the next 3 months, hovering around flat.

What’s next?

At this point we enter the lull of the holiday season, until PMIs start to print again in January.

In conclusion?

We said it in the past, we’ll say it again: range-bound markets. It’s all warm and fuzzy when inflation cools down, but high P/E + falling EPS is no good.

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Originally Posted December 15, 2022 – So where’s the rally?

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