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Week Ahead: Increased Volatility Amid Myriad Market Worries, U.S. Elections

By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)Market OverviewNov 01, 2020 07:44AM ET
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Week Ahead: Increased Volatility Amid Myriad Market Worries, U.S. Elections
By Investing.com (Pinchas Cohen/Investing.com)   |  Nov 01, 2020 07:44AM ET
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  • S&P 500 on the cusp of a downtrend
  • Dollar attempts reversal
  • Oil prices reinforce bearish economic view
  • Current SPX level predicts Biden win

An array of fundamentals—including rising COVID-19 cases in the US and globally; a bitter stalemate among Congressional lawmakers over another round of fiscal stimulus; an acrimonious US presidential election; and disappointing earnings releases from some of the country's biggest companies—fueled last week's equity declines. Many of the same triggers, some of which paint a picture of a slowing economy, could weigh on markets again in the coming week.

On Friday, stocks fell for the fourth day out of five, sealing the third weekly loss in a row. Last week's drop was was also the worst since the 15% selloff in March, when shares suffered their biggest rout since the 2008 financial crisis. The March selloff led to a market bottom. Will this selloff, during the final week of October, prove to be a bottom as well?

What's The Message When Stocks Sell Off Before An Election?

The NASDAQ 100 dropped about 2.6% after both Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone sales and Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) user growth disappointed expectations. Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) posted a rebound in advertising, boosting the stock.

The S&P 500 Index plummeted 5.6%, the worst loss on record for the broad benchmark in the week leading up to a presidential election. As a rule, stocks tend to climb ahead of elections.

It would, of course, be understandable if shares were in a holding pattern, awaiting the outcome. But what does it say when stocks suffer a sharp selloff before the victor is announced?

Could investors be pricing in the expected results? Or are they concerned that if President Donald Trump loses, he won’t accept the conclusion and instead drag the nation into a protracted legal battle regarding the outcome?

We can't, of course, know who the next president will be, but we can glean a few hints regarding where markets think the election is headed, based on recent activity.

If the election were held today, according to market signals, Joe Biden would win. Since 1928, whenever stocks were down in the three-month period before elections, the incumbent lost 87% of the time. That statistic has worked 100% of the time since 1984.

As of now, the S&P 500 is down 0.77% over the past three months, thanks to last week’s rout. Unless stocks rebound significantly, the market is predicting that President Trump is heading for a loss, at least on a statistical basis.

Still, what does that actually prove? As we all know, markets are notoriously unpredictable.

In 2016, a Clinton win was the overwhelming consensus. At the time, Ray Dalio, co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world's largest hedge fund, predicted that if the unthinkable occurred and Trump won, markets would tank. As we know, Trump won and markets jumped...for a while.

Now, some are predicting that a Trump victory, given his protectionist agenda and lack of clarity on policy, could tip the world into a global recession. In other words, anything can happen.

What we do know is this: there are now two layers of uncertainty: (1) who will win, and (2) what it will mean to markets.

For the moment, all we've got are technical positioning. Here's what the charts say:

SPX Daily
SPX Daily

Since Aug. 3, the SPX has fallen into negative territory (thick, black line), marking the beginning of the 3-month period before elections. As of now, the price closed below the 100 DMA, which proved to be a resistance when the price attempted to cross above it but failed.

Ever since the June high, the level over 3,200 has become an important support-resistance area. A low below the Sept. 24 trough would complete a short-term trend reversal.

A corollary to last week's equity selloff: Treasury yields, including for the 10-year benchmark, rose on the outlook for more stimulus after the election.

UST 10Y Daily
UST 10Y Daily

Yields climbed for three straight days last week, to their highest level since June 8, pulling the 50 DMA above the 200 DMA. This triggered a golden cross, as rates retest the Oct. 23 high and rising channel top.

The dollar strengthened despite the Treasury selloff, as investors shifted into cash.

DXY Daily
DXY Daily

On Friday, the USD extended its penetration above the downtrend line since the March high for a third day. If it can cross the 94.74, Sept. 25 high, it will have established a short-term uptrend.

Gold gained, due to its safe haven status amid the sharp equity selloff and notwithstanding the dollar’s rise.

Gold Daily
Gold Daily

The precious metal's forces of supply and demand continue to struggle between a bullish wedge and a bearish flag, whose bottom is part of the 100 DMA.

Bitcoin closed out the week at its highest point since Jan. 13.

BTC/USD Daily
BTC/USD Daily

This established a medium-term uptrend for the cryptocurrency. BTC has now actualized our short-term pattern and confirmed our long-term forecast.

The combination of escalating COVID-19 cases and no additional room for large producers to cut production, combined with a rising dollar, pushed oil to a five month low.

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

WTI fell on Friday for the second day, dropping below a range that signals a resumption of the new downtrend after completing a bearish wedge.

The Week Ahead

All times listed are EST

Monday

4:30: UK – Manufacturing PMI: anticipated to remain steady at 53.3.

10:00: US – ISM manufacturing PMI: expected to edge up to 55.8 from 55.4.

22:30: Australia – RBA Interest Rate Decision: predictions are for a rate cut to 0.10% from 0.25%.

Tuesday

All Day: US – Presidential Election

16:45: New Zealand – Employment Change: forecast to fall to -0.8% from -0.4% previously.

18:50: Japan – Monetary Policy Statement

20:30: Australia – Retail Sales: seen to rise to -1.5% from -4.0%.

Wednesday

4:30: UK – Composite PMI: likely slipped lower, to 52.9 from 56.5.

8:15: US – ADP Nonfarm Employment Change: expected to fall to 650K from 749K.

10:00: US – ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI: forecast to have crawled up to 57.5 from 57.8.

10:30: US – Crude Oil Inventories: came in last week at 4.320M.

Thursday

4:30: UK – Construction PMI: anticipated to slump to 55.0 from 56.8.

7:00: UK – BoE Interest Rate Decision: consensus keeps rates at 0.10%.

9:30: US – Initial Jobless Claims: predictions are for a jump to 770K from 751K.

14:00: US – Fed Interest Rate Decision: rates expected to remain steady at 0.25%.

14:30: US – FOMC Press Conference

Friday

8:30: US – Nonfarm Payrolls: predicted to fall to 600K from 661K.

8:30: US – Unemployment Rate: seen to edge down to 7.6% from 7.9%.

8:30: Canada – Employment Change: forecast to plunge to -7.5K from 378.2K.

10:00: Canada – Ivey PMI: previous reading was 54.3.

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Zaw Zaw
Zaw Zaw Nov 01, 2020 11:09PM ET
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so thank sir.
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Good analysis, thanks. Though being a non-chartist I can talk about smaller part of the analysis only. In my opinion, re: election, the crucial part is Senate, not Presidency. If reps keep senate then market will be all right and if not and Biden wins then folks can find themselves in sore lack of safe havens.
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George Steven Nov 01, 2020 12:11PM ET
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Not getting a lot of financial media attention is Europe. The Dax is teetering toward a bear market. Haven't looked at the stoxx but would expect similar. The monthly chart is below the 20ma and the rsi is below 50. Usually an early sign of a bear market.
Chopin Liszt
Chopin Liszt Nov 01, 2020 11:34AM ET
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regardless who wins. i think ppl will sell on the news... wednesday big crash
Pinchas Cohen
Pinchas Cohen Nov 01, 2020 11:34AM ET
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Provided there is news on Wednesday.
James Bell
James Bell Nov 01, 2020 9:27AM ET
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no mention of biden tax hike fears selloff
Pinchas Cohen
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No, nor no mention of a million other things that don't have the space in a post. I've written about the market narrative's primary concerns, and this is one rung lower, in my opinion. .
Marcel Bilt
Marcel Bilt Nov 01, 2020 9:20AM ET
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Trump won, Covid lost, markets jump. Happy 2021!
Daniel Morel
Daniel Morel Nov 01, 2020 9:20AM ET
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With a few exceptions Covid is gaining more and more and Trump is losing more and more
Teh Olympian
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Read some real news. Covid is up almost everywhere. Trump's buffoonery is leading to disaster.
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Lars Körvall Nov 01, 2020 9:15AM ET
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friday US Nonfarm Payrolls: predicted to rise to 700K from 661K.isnt it predicted to decline to *****! ?
Pinchas Cohen
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Error - thank you for brining it to my attention. I alerted the editor.
Ken Smith
Ken Smith Nov 01, 2020 9:09AM ET
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WOW Pinchas, you could try to keep your comments a little less political. Tell us how you really feel.
Pinchas Cohen
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Ken, politics are an integral part of market analysis. My comments are my opinions. Do you wish to take away my free speech? Is that what Donald Trump stands for?
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WOW Pinchas you could walk right out of this job and get a media position at any of the local fake news medias, your opinions about our president are completely unfounded and like the rest of the news media you're completely reversing the potential outcomes of what might happen if Donald Trump maintains his presidency. when candidate Biden wants to shut down oil closed down the world for covid and tighten restrictions to protect the world from climate change
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Daniel Morel That's the definition of fake news, just imagining whatever scenario you want trying to lend a little credibility to it and then telling other people that they're making stuff up. you hit the nail on the head thanks for making my point.
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Ken, this is not a job. I'm a contributing author. Your telling me that MY opinion is "unfounded" really cracked me up. Thanks. I needed that.
Daniel Morel
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Jose Mibaresh how Mr “Trump shadow”?
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Ken Smith  when your starting point is your conclusion anything and everything will make your point to keep your feeling right. You're not making any sort of argument. You're talking from a position.
Wankel YU
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