For a period, when the Fed was considering tapering its asset purchases, it seemed like every day was either a "risk on" day, where stocks, higher-yielding currencies and commodities rallied in sync, or a "risk off" day, where bonds, gold, the dollar and the Japanese yen led the way.
So what about these charts? We have an interesting divergence working. The Nasdaq hit a new high after the Fed while the Dow and S&P 500 did not. The Nasdaq made a new high by 82 cents. But as you can see, the SPX is responding to 620 hours of this move off the November low. This is also the 89-90-day window off that November low and it’s on the front end of the seasonal change point. It’s very possible a change has already started. If the stock market does not correct given these important cycle points clustered with the Investors Intelligence report we are really dealing with a runaway train.
We realize a lot of the money given to the banks in the early Barack Obama years never made it to Main Street. So the banks and Fed tinkering helped drive the stock market to the stratosphere. One has to realize as we enter the back end of the one year anniversary to the February 2016 bottom the stock market has accomplished all of this without the kind of public participation we’ve seen in the past.
With less traders on their desks and most investors planning where to spend their New Year’s Eve, markets have clearly entered the holiday mood. We can barely see any significant moves in equities, fixed income, or even currency markets today as trading volumes shrank, suggesting that more consolidation is expected throughout the remaining days of 2016.
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