Despite the worst start to the year in history for U.S. stocks, the benchmark S&P 500 index rallied to a record intraday high on Monday, surpassing the previous intraday peak set on May 20, 2015. It if ends the day above 2,130.82 on Monday, the S&P 500 index will close at a record, confirming a rally that started on March 10, 2009 as the second-longest bull market in the index's history. In early trading, it was at 2,135.68, above the May 20, 2015 intraday high of 2,134.72.
Markets have thrown a curve ball, as not only have they recovered from the Brexit losses, but the S&P 500 is on the cusp of a new all-time high. It makes world markets very complex. Who is really driving the bus? The SPX could be at all-time highs but the SSE remains 42% off its 2015 high and only 13% off its January low. The DAX remains light years from the 2015 top while the FTSE has been able to make it to the drop zone from last August where all the trouble really started.
Last week I showed you the incredible square out on the DAX for the Brexit high. Late Monday many charts formed a new square out low, which propelled markets back up. Probably the best example I have for you is the S&P 500, which turned back up at the 1991 handle in 91 hours for the move.