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The 'Bear Market' Rally

Published 10/18/2022, 03:12 AM

Many investors wonder if the recent rally has legs, with the S&P 500 down 25% YTD. Unfortunately, only time will tell if yesterday’s rally is a dead cat bounce or a more sustainable uptrend.

TLT Daily Chart

The market depends on many factors, but investors should always pay close attention to the overall daily price moves of the major US indexes.

Are the indexes closing with higher bottoms than the previous day's price or last week's market close?

Are the major indexes closing at lower lows than the previous day or weekly?

If the price trend is down-there is a potential danger of more significant declines.

The daily closing prices of the market offer helpful direction, but these four indicators might assist you in reading the daily market price action.

Here are four indicators that should warn you of a potential selloff or indicate if this rally has more room to go: junk bonds, 20+ year treasuries, sugar futures, and the VIX.

Here's a closer look at each.

VIX Daily Chart

Investors need to be aware of many risks.

Inflation has remained stubbornly high, the Fed is raising rates aggressively, corporate earnings are declining, and high mortgage rates have caused the housing market to cool, to name a few.

Junk bonds can indicate where the stock market is heading. That's because they're more sensitive to changes in interest rates than other types of bonds. When junk bond prices start falling, it's often a sign that investors are losing confidence and are looking for safety trades.

So, if junk bonds start to fall in value, it's a good sign that the stock market might fall.

Treasuries are also affected by changes in interest rates, but they're not as sensitive as junk bonds. That means they can be an excellent leading indicator of where interest rates are headed. If treasury yields continue to rise, it's a sign that the stock market might sell off as a result. So, watch the price of TLTs since price and yield have an inverse relationship.

Sugar futures are often used as a proxy for the overall commodities market. And like other commodities, sugar prices are closely linked to changes in inflationary pressure. So, if sugar prices start to rise, it's usually a sign that inflation is picking up, and the stock market might move in the opposite direction.

The VIX is often called the "fear index" because it measures how much volatility investors expect over the next thirty days. Now, investors are bracing for more turbulence since the VIX is above 30.

For the current bounce to have legs, the VIX needs to moderate to the mid-20s from around the current 30-plus level.

Of course, no indicator is perfect, and you should also consider the direction of the overall indexes daily when making trading decisions, plus the specific price movement of individual securities.

ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY) Reached the 50% Fibonacci level from the March 2020 lows on Thursday, at 351, then rebounded sharply. Under 3510, support 330, and on the upside, resistance 360, 370, 382, and 396.

Russell 2000 (IWM) 162.50 support 177 resistance

Dow (DIA) 285 support 305 resistance

Nasdaq (QQQ) 255 support (could go to 220) 270 resistance

KRE (Regional Banks) 56 support, 60 pivotal 65 resistance

SMH (Semiconductors) 167 support 190 resistance

IYT (Transportation) 195 support and 207 resistance

IBB (Biotechnology) 116.00 support 124 resistance

XRT (Retail) 54-55 support 62 resistance

Latest comments

Excellent review Michele. Responsible people like you show us the facts so we can make our own decisions. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us.
Damn..all we see on here are folks hocking this or that low sell high has always worked for me! Stick with the basics!
So how do you do it? What to buy and when? VIX is basic, sugar futures is an interesting barometer just like they say Doctor Copper. It's not complicated.
Warren Buffet was asked a couple years ago what would de-rail the great bull market. High interest rates he said. We're getting there, and there's no end in sight. Cash looks good. Defensive dividend stocks to wait it out might be OK too. Growth stocks will probably continue to erode in share value. The business cycle will end in recession followed by Fed loosening and new investment opportunities. Buying dividend stocks after a big sell-off always works for me during any phase of the market.
And? Opinion? Prediction? Recommendations? None. Thanks lady.
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