Show Us Market Breadth and We’ll Show You the Money

DJIA:  39,753

Show us market breadth …and we’ll show you the money. Liquidity and the lack thereof drives markets.  When you say to yourself you wish you had more money to invest but you don’t, if that’s true for everyone that’s the top. When all the money is in – that’s it. How do you measure liquidity, sideline cash? Back in the dark ages we used to watch mutual fund cash levels, thinking that cash on the sidelines was a good thing. It wasn’t. When the market wanted to go higher the money always seemed to come from somewhere – foreign buying, whatever. The best measure of liquidity is market breadth, the Advance/Decline Index. It takes a lot of money to push up 3000 stocks a day and earlier in the year that happened with regularity. Now 2000 at best is more the norm. The numbers are not a disaster but they have deteriorated, meaning so too has liquidity and the health of the bull market.

The market should be in sync, the A/Ds should keep pace with the Averages even day to day. Down days in the Averages likely will see negative ADs. Bad days happen. It’s the up days with negative A/Ds, what we call bad up days, that cause problems. Again, it’s about enough money to push up the Averages, but not most stocks. Divergences are an important insight, but it’s easy to lose focus. The Averages are the last to give it up, which means there has been money to be made in the FANGs, Semis, LLYs and so on.  And if you’re in the rest and not making money, you have hope your turn will come – hope being a wonderful part of life, but a terrible part of the stock market. When the Averages continue to act well, it’s hard to sell even if it’s time to do so.

Tesla (241) could be a case study in contrary thinking.  EV sales are in decline, the company is being outsold in China, yet the stock rallied on what had to be considered dubious news – the old not as bad as expected.  In this case, it’s not the “news” that was important, it was the “expected” that mattered.  When it comes to the stock market, what is expected, what we all know, isn’t important. It’s priced-in discounted, whatever.  Not every contrary opinion works this well, of course, and in this case the chart was a big help.  The day of the news the stock was down pre-market, suggesting someone had gotten it wrong. It wasn’t the chart.

Summers are great, but not so much for stocks. The history of June, July and August is pretty much that of a trading range, especially when the seasonal pattern of particularly strong days ends this Friday. The world will not end, but it has been a good run recently leaving the market a bit stretched to the upside. And there’s a peculiarity in bonds, wherein the spread between the AAA and BBBs recently was at a 35-day high. This is more typical of weak markets rather than one at new highs. It suggests bonds don’t see the same rosy scenario that stocks are seeing, and historically bonds typically have won out. The Transports generally and stocks like Parker Hannifin (528) and PACCAR (103) also pose some economic concern.

Wednesday finally saw a 3-to-1 up day, the first since mid-May. Then came Thursday, which might have been called revenge of the nerds – Tech hammered, everything else up. The Russell was up more than 3% and the A/Ds were better than 4-to-1. Not exactly the look we were expecting, but some change can’t be a complete surprise.  If Thursday is any guide, a reset could be a healthy one – any broadening of the market can’t be bad. One day is just that, but admittedly we had expected the market to just continue to narrow in a trading range summer. And while one day is just that, there are many stocks outside of Tech that have more than good one-day patterns. We’re thinking here of stocks like Ingersoll Rand (96), Eaton (329), Cintas (716), Intuitive Surgical (444), Trane (345) and others.

Frank D. Gretz

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Politics Ahead

The stock market’s performance in the first half of the year was strikingly similar to the action seen in the first half of 2023. The benchmark S&P 500 index rose 14.5%, a bit less than the 15.9% gain in the first half of 2023, but still a healthy performance. And once again, the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index was the best-acting index, even if this year’s 18% gain in the first six months was less than the 32% increase seen last year. And, as in 2023, the stellar performances of the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indices were tied to big gains in a relatively small group of large capitalization stocks, particularly those linked to artificial intelligence.

In comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, despite hitting an all-time high on May 17, 2024, has delivered a mere 3.8% rise year-to-date, and the much broader Russell 2000 index was virtually unchanged, up 1% at the end of June. At mid-year, the Russell 2000 index is trading more than 16% below its November 2021 peak, in stark contrast to the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite indices which produced a string of record highs in June. It remains a market of haves and have-nots.

The Concentration Deepens

Large capitalization stocks kept getting bigger in 2024 and by the last week of June, Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN – $193.25) became the fifth US company to exceed the $2 trillion valuation mark. It thereby joined the rarified air enjoyed by Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. Class C (GOOG – $183.42) and Class A (GOOGL – $182.15) valued at $2.26 trillion and $2.258 trillion, respectively, Nvidia Corp. (NVDA – $123.54) valued at $3.04 trillion, Apple Inc. (AAPL – $210.62) valued at $3.23 trillion, and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT – $446.95) valued at $3.32 trillion.

These five stocks currently represent more than 35% of the S&P 500 index. This is remarkable since it was less than a year ago when Bloomberg reported that the top ten largest stocks in the S&P 500 represented a then record 32% of the S&P index. As the concentration of value in a small number of stocks increases, it makes it more difficult to outperform, or even perform in line with, the S&P 500 index unless your portfolio was overweighted in these companies.

More importantly, this market concentration is reminiscent of the Nifty Fifty stocks of the early 1970s and the Dot-com stocks of the late 1990s. Both of these bubble markets, led by a small group of growth stocks, eventually ended in tears. Note also that the peaks of these two bubbles (January 11, 1973, and March 24, 2000) were 27 years apart and we are now more than 24 years from the 2000 top. This time spread may be significant since it suggests a new generation of investors has entered the financial markets with new investment ideas and goals. The popularity of Bitcoin and meme stocks are two examples of this. And this new generation is experiencing a historic transfer of wealth. A New York Times article⃰ recently discussed “the greatest wealth transfer in history” indicating that over the next 20 years $84 trillion in assets is set to change hands from Baby Boomers to the next generation. It is a trend worth monitoring.

For all these reasons, markets are apt to remain volatile. But over the longer term, it is wise to be thoughtful in one’s investment decisions and maintain a diversified portfolio focusing on stocks with predictable future earnings streams.

Recession on Hold

Meanwhile, the US economy continues to outperform expectations in 2024 and the long-awaited recession is yet to materialize. The labor market has stayed resilient and so has the consumer, even though consumer sentiment remains at recessionary levels. Small business sentiment continues to show concerns about future revenues and cost of goods, but sentiment is up from previous lows. Housing is showing signs of weakness due to rising home prices and substantially higher mortgage rates which is making housing less affordable for many. Still, GDP for the first quarter was recently revised upward from 1.3% to 1.4%.

The Federal Reserve’s favorite inflation benchmark, the personal consumption expenditure deflator (PCE) ticked down from 2.7% year-on-year in May to 2.6% in June; while core PCE, which strips away food and energy prices and is the key metric on the Fed’s radar, fell from 2.8% year-on-year to 2.6%. This was good news for economists since it opens the door for a possible rate cut in the month of September. The one caveat for inflation would be if crude oil prices continue to rise and this increases the cost of gasoline, heating oil, and private and public transportation.

We do not believe that the economic cycle of expansion and recession has been eliminated completely, but it is clear that fiscal stimulus, not just through spending packages passed by Congress, but federal spending done through government agencies, has boosted the economy. And while spending is good for the economy it has also pushed the US debt-to-GDP ratio to 123% as of September 2023. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the 2024 deficit will be $2 trillion, or 7% of GDP, which is nearly double the 50-year average of 3.7% of GDP. Unfortunately, this uncontrolled deficit spending could mean that the next recession will be worse than it would have been otherwise.

EARNINGS and valuation

Corporate earnings, reported as earnings per share, have been mixed but are generally better than most forecasts. Much of this is due to efficiency gains but some of this is due to the record level of stock repurchases. According to S&P Dow Jones, a total of $236.8 billion was spent on stock buybacks in the first quarter, up from $219.1 billion in the previous quarter. This was also up 10% from $215.5 billion in the first quarter of last year. The largest 20 companies in the index were responsible for 50.9% of the buybacks in the first quarter, slightly down from last quarter’s rate of 54%, but still above the historical average of 47.5%.

The companies with the biggest buyback campaigns in the first quarter were Apple, Meta Platforms Inc. (META – $504.22), Alphabet, Nvidia, and Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC – $59.39), in that order. The impact of stock buybacks is two-fold. It lowers the number of shares outstanding, which will increase “earnings per share” without any change in revenues. And it also decreases the supply of stock, which theoretically increases the stock price.

The S&P 500 trailing 4-quarter operating multiple is now 24.9 times which is well above all long- and short-term averages. The 12-month forward PE multiple is 21.1 times which is substantially above its long-term average of 15 times or its 10-year average of 19.5 times. When 21.1 is added to inflation of 3.3%, it sums to 24.4, which is also above the top of the normal valuation range of 14.8 to 23.8. By all measures, the equity market is at valuations seen only during the 1997-2000 bubble, the financial crisis of 2008, or the post-COVID-19 earnings slump. This is a reason to be watchful particularly with uncertain elections ahead in the UK, France, and the US.

* The New York Times, “The Greatest Wealth Transfer in History Is Here, With Familiar (Rich) Winners,” May 14, 2023.

Stock prices are as of June 30, 2024

Gail Dudack, Chief Strategist

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US Strategy Weekly: Rarefied Air

Recent comments by several Federal Reserve Board governors suggest they agree with our base case that there will be only one rate cut this year, if any. However, in our view, Fed policy is no longer the pivotal factor driving financial markets. At mid-year, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite indices have been setting a string of new all-time highs based on a consensus view that inflation is falling, interest rates are coming down, earnings are rising, and most importantly, the future of generative AI will provide outsized profits for some companies. As a result, the stock market is moving into rarefied air in terms of valuation, with the trailing 12-month operating PE ratio for the S&P 500 reaching 25 this week. See page 10. This multiple has only been higher in 1999-2000 (dotcom bubble), 2009 (due to collapsing earnings), and 2020 (also due to collapsing earnings).

This week’s market mover is Nvidia Corp. (NVDA – $135.58), up 3.5%, to a valuation of $3.34 trillion, just four months after it bettered the $2 trillion mark and a year after breaching the $1 trillion milestone. It is now ahead of both Microsoft Corp. (MSFT – $446.34) at $3.32 trillion and Apple Inc. (AAPL – $214.29) at $3.29 trillion, after tripling in price over the last year. According to Matthew Bartolini, the head of SPDR Americas Research, the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK – $231.41) is set to rebalance and recent calculations showed Nvidia’s weighting increasing to 21% from 6% as of June 14. The stock’s performance over the last three trading sessions is apt to boost this weighting. As our tables on pages 16 and 17 show, the XLK has severely trailed the performance of the S&P 500 technology sector, due in large part to its being underweight in NVDA. We expect NVDA’s upgrade in weighting in the XLK will increase demand for the stock, particularly from money managers also underperforming the indices. This will move the stock price even higher. Momentum begets momentum. Nvidia also completed a 10-for-1 stock split on June 10, a factor that often increases demand for stock.

In terms of the consensus view, it is important to point out that interest rates have come down recently due largely to political uncertainties in the European Union. US treasury securities have become the global safe-haven investment for the moment. The European Parliament elections which took place earlier this month resulted in a major shift toward conservative parties which forced President Macron of France, to call for snap elections on June 30 and July 7. Current polls show Macron losing the election. Moreover, the fiscal situation of both France and Italy threaten the stability of the EU. France’s debt-to-GDP ratio of 111% is similar to Italy’s before the euro crisis in the early 2010’s. The IMF forecasts that Italy’s public debt will reach approximately 140% of GDP in 2024. Countries with debt above 90% of GDP must reduce it by an average of 1% per year according to European Union fiscal rules, although the EU is considering new proposals that could replace or amend these rules. Nevertheless, the EU is in political and fiscal disarray, and this boosted Treasury security prices recently.

The consensus view on inflation may also be on thin ice. Investors celebrated May inflation numbers showing a 0.1% decrease in headline CPI to 3.3% YOY, and a 0.2% decrease in core CPI to 3.4% YOY. However, both indices remain well above the Fed’s target of 2% and it is not just housing that is currently keeping headline inflation above 3%. Food away from home and medical care rose much faster in May than headline CPI and are areas of concern. See page 3.

In terms of inflation coming down, many economists are saying CPI numbers are overstated due to the owners’ equivalent rent (OER) index which lags home prices. However, insurance, and fuels and utility prices are soaring, not just rents. Moreover, OER began to decline 12-18 months after housing prices peaked in 2021. Year-over-year house prices were negative in the first half of 2023, but prices are trending higher once again. This suggests OER could start trending higher later this year. See page 4.

And the main issue for inflation is no longer housing, but services. Rising insurance costs have been a major hurdle for families and more recently prices have been increasing for medical care services and other areas of personal care. Core CPI indices that exclude shelter, food, energy, and medical care, have flattened out in recent months, but are not trending lower, a sign that prices are rising-to-stable in a broad range of areas. See page 5.

Another potential roadblock for the Fed’s target of 2% is the rising price of oil. The year-over-year declines in WTI futures (CLc1 – $81.71) and gasoline futures (RBc1 – $2.50) were factors that helped lower the CPI in 2023, but oil prices are rising once again. WTI futures are up nearly 16% YOY. Some PPI indices, like the PPI for finished goods, rose from 2.0% YOY to 2.4% YOY in May. This uptick is apt to continue. See page 6. Overall, we are not convinced that inflation will be steadily moving lower in the months ahead.

The financial crisis of 2008-2009 appears to have triggered a dovish change in Fed policy. The crisis, which had bad mortgage securities and derivatives at its core, required a long period of easy monetary policy to support the balance sheets of global banks which owned too much of these securities. Prior to 2008, the Fed was willing to quickly hike interest rates and slow the economy. But since the Fed was much slower to increase rates and inflation in this cycle, inflation became endemic and it will be more difficult to suppress, in our opinion. See page 7.

And earnings may not be as robust as the consensus believes since there are signs that the consumer is getting tapped out. Retail sales for May were up 0.1% from April’s level, which was below expectations. Total retail & food services rose 2.3% YOY, were up 2.5% YOY excluding autos, and rose 2.6% YOY excluding autos and gasoline. However, real retail sales fell 0.9% YOY, declining on a year-over-year basis for the 14th time in the last 19 months. See page 8. As the impact of multiple fiscal stimulus packages begins to fade, the consumer is showing signs of fatigue on the higher income level and actual weakness in the middle-to-lower income level.

This also shows up in consumer sentiment. The main University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for June fell 3.5 points to 65.5, the present conditions index declined 7.1 points to 62.5, and the expectations index was down 1.2 points to 67. 6. All three indices returned to recessionary levels. The Michigan survey showed an 11-point decline in income expectations for consumers, to 67, a reading that brings expectations back to levels seen at the end of 2023. See page 9.

Technical Update The Nasdaq Composite index and the S&P 500, led by big-cap technology stocks, continue to make record highs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is 3% below its record high of May 17, 2024 and the Russell 2000 index remains 17% below its high of 2442.74 made on November 8, 2021. The Russell is trading below its 50-day and 100-day moving averages this week and the DJIA is trading slightly above its two moving averages. It is a stock market of haves and have-nots, much like previous bubbles. However, as deficits and debt-to-GDP levels increase around the world (US, China, France, Italy) it may be the debt markets that become the real concern in the months ahead.

Gail Dudack

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Sometimes a Low is Just a Low

DJIA:  38,647

Sometimes a low is just a low … and not a shiny new uptrend.  The semi washout low in late May, a 5-to-1 down day and a couple of decent up days, seemed to turn things for now. What turned, however, were the Averages and not so much the average stock.  If you can’t hurry love you certainly can’t hurry markets.  We all tend to think of it as trending but that’s only true if you include sideways as a trend.  Markets spend a lot of time going nowhere, consolidating gains or losses.  In this case consolidating the 10% gain in the first five months this year.  The good news is that 10% in the first five months augurs well for the next seven months. Historically there’s a better than 80% win rate after even 5% gains, with the caveat there can be some nasty drawdowns.

The contradiction about this market is that it has been in a momentum correction for almost 3 weeks, though the S&P and NASDAQ made new highs to start the week. The Averages are outperforming the average stock, and that to an even greater extreme on the NAZ.  Last week there were more 12-month new lows than new highs there, and the A/D Index made a new low.  There always has seemed a bias to the downside in these numbers, so we’re not overly concerned.  This is, however, the classic pattern of a market top — the Averages remaining strong while most stocks falter.  Eventually, there isn’t enough liquidity for even the stocks that dominate the Averages.  Fortunately, problems like this evolve over time, enough time you will have stopped worrying about them before they matter.

It’s Nvidia’s (130) world, and the rest are just trying to find a way to play in it.  In this case, the rest of them might well be the FANG stocks, the Nvidia’s of their day.  It’s not that they have fared so badly, it’s just Nvidia has sucked all the air out of the room.  And, of course, there had been that Debbie Downer called Apple (214), which suddenly has come to life. The four names of FANG all are good charts, at or near breakout points. The IYW (150) seems a relevant ETF here, among others.  While it’s easy to think of these as volatile and therefore risky, over the years they almost seem to have taken on some defensive characteristics, especially in market weakness.

Back in 2014 Blackstone bought 1740 Broadway for 605 million, of which they borrowed 300 million against the 26-story building near Columbus Circle – not exactly a bad neighborhood. The building was recently acquired for less than 200 million, according to the New York Times.  Real estate isn’t easy, but these guys are supposed to be the experts – and yet. Stick to trading stocks?  Like any down and out market there have been a few false dawns here, with more likely to come.  A more recent NYT article pointed to the revival in shopping centers where, apparently, pickleball might save the day.  While we have little interest in real estate per se, we do follow the regional banks, especially when they act poorly.  That said, they did have a good day Wednesday on what wasn’t friendly news.

Progress not perfection seemed Powell’s message Wednesday, a message seemingly taken by the market as good enough.  To look at Parker Hannifin (525), a stock Greenspan used as an economic indicator, or even the Transportation Average, the economy more than rates seems worth a worry.  Meanwhile, one day is just that, but a 3-to-1 up day in the A/Ds tells a story more important than the Averages – but no follow through on Thursday.  Speaking of the Averages, clearly the NAZ is where it’s at.  While that’s no great insight, the driver from here could expand from AI makers, Nvidia and other Semis, to AI takers, the FANG stocks.  Also, we shouldn’t forget about Bitcoin, though most days it’s tempting.  Probably the best investment these days – volume.  If these thousand-dollar stocks continue to split 10 for 1, think what it will do for overall volume.  Are commissions still based on shares?

Frank D. Gretz

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US Strategy Weekly: A Three-stock Rally

Apple, Inc. (AAPL – $207.15) shares jumped over 7% to a record high after announcing that later this year the “Apple Intelligence” platform – its foray into the generative AI space — will be integrated across the company’s hardware and software products using M1 chips or higher. Apple’s surge lifted the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to new highs and boosted Apple’s market capitalization by $215 billion to $3.18 trillion. According to Dow Jones Market Data, this was the third-largest one-day market cap surge in history, and it also made AAPL the second-largest stock in the S&P 500. Apple is now second only to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT – $432.68) with a market cap of $3.22 trillion. Nvidia Corp. (NVDA – $120.91) is currently in third place with a market cap of $2.97 trillion. Together, these three stocks now represent 21% of the S&P 500’s $44.3 trillion market cap. The concentration of performance continues to narrow.

Apple was not the only news of the day. Stocks were also supported by bonds after a solid $39 billion Treasury sale triggered speculation that this week’s CPI reading may help build the case for the Federal Reserve to cut rates later this year. Demand in the auction of 10-year debt was strong, with the bid-to-cover ratio of 2.67, the highest since February 2022, or prior to the start of the Fed’s tightening cycle. Treasuries were also seen as a safe haven vehicle given the current political upheaval in Europe. French stocks and bonds were rattled this week after French President Emmanuel Macron’s political party suffered a defeat in the European Parliament election over the weekend. Macron called for a snap parliamentary election that will take place in two rounds concluding on July 7. Macron was not the only European leader to see this weekend’s election results shift power to the conservative right, but the political risk of a snap election in France resulted in a sell-off in French banking stocks and sovereign bonds. To make matters worse, S&P Global Ratings had downgraded France last week. In sum, US Treasuries became the beneficiaries of European turmoil.

In the US, a survey conducted by 22V Research showed that most investors are betting that both the consumer price index and the Fed decision will be “risk on” events. According to the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey, 41% plurality of economists expect the Fed to signal two cuts in the closely watched “dot plot,” while an equal number expect the forecasts to show just one or no cuts at all. We would put ourselves in the latter category. Inflation has not been tamed, in our view, and the economy is showing both strength and weakness, which should give the Fed pause until a clearer trend appears.

It was a busy week for economic releases. The NFIB small business optimism index rose 0.8 points to 90.5, the highest level since December. Job openings, hiring plans, capex plans, and plans to raise prices all rose, while most other components fell. The uncertainty index jumped 7 points to 85, the highest since November 2020. Actual earnings, sales, sales expectations, inventory satisfaction, and inventory plans all fell in May. It was confusing to see hiring and capex plans increase as earnings and sales declined. See page 3.

Similarly, May’s ISM indices showed a mixed picture. The manufacturing index fell to 48.7, the 18th reading below 50 in the last 19 months. The nonmanufacturing index rose to 53.8, up nicely from its first reading below 50 since December 2022. Business activity fell to 50.2 for manufacturing but jumped to 61.2 for nonmanufacturing, the highest since November 2022. Ironically, employment rose to 51.1 for manufacturing, one of the highest readings in 2 years, while nonmanufacturing employment also rose, but remained below 50 at 47.1. See page 4.

The employment report for May was far better than expected, showing a gain of 272,000 new jobs, and previous months were revised down by only 15,000. Our concern is the discrepancy between the household and establishment surveys. The establishment survey shows job growth of 1.8% YOY in April and May, better than the long-term average of 1.69% YOY. However, the household survey shows near-zero job growth of 0.3% YOY in April and 0.2% YOY in May. This survey is important since a negative annual growth rate in total jobs has historically been a key indicator of a recession. Moreover, the household survey showed a decline in employment, a decline in the civilian labor force, and an increase in those unemployed in May. These numbers help explain why the unemployment rate rose from 3.9% to 4.0% in May. See page 5.

Average hourly earnings rose 4.2% YOY in May, up from 4.1% YOY in April. This gives the impression of accelerating wage growth. But, after adjusting for inflation, average hourly earnings rose 0.74% YOY, just slightly better than the 0.70% recorded in April. See page 6. Total private weekly earnings were $1197.41 in May, up 3.8% YOY; while production and non-supervisory weekly earnings averaged $1013.66, up 4.2% YOY. However, if indexed to inflation, average real weekly earnings for non-supervisory workers rose 0.7% YOY and were down 3% from the May 2020 cyclical peak. See page 7. In short, due to inflation, the purchasing power of households has been declining for the last four years.

On page 8, an overlay of the growth rate of inflation and average weekly earnings helps display when, and how much, inflation eats into earnings. This chart also shows that when inflation has been higher than wage growth for a period of time (like it was for all of 2022), a recession follows. This is logical since inflation is negative for consumption. But, in this cycle, a variety of fiscal stimulus programs has compensated for falling real wages and prevented a recession. One positive sign for the economy is that average weekly hours, which have been declining since the post-pandemic spike, have begun to slowly increase in recent months. See page 8.

The Federal Reserve is not expected to change its policy this week, but the inflation data released for May could have an impact on both future Fed policy and the stock market. While many inflation benchmarks have generally been decelerating, recent data has been mixed. We are less optimistic than most about rate cuts because in past tightening cycles the Fed has increased rates until the real fed funds rate reached a minimum of 400 basis points. The recent peak in the current cycle was 270 basis points in April. This may not be enough to beat inflation. See page 9.

Several other factors concern us. After the June 2022 CPI peak, what dampened inflation was the fact that energy prices were falling for most of 2023 and were negative on a year-over-year basis. But even with Biden’s recent release of oil from the strategic oil reserve, WTI prices remain firm, and the price of oil was up over 13% YOY in May and up nearly 11% YOY in June, to date. This could be a hurdle for inflation in the coming months. Many economists still suggest CPI would be at 2% or lower if owners’ equivalent rent was excluded. This is simply not true. The CPI index less shelter and the index less food and shelter have been trending higher for the last 12 months. This debunks the theory that owners’ equivalent rent is driving inflation this year. See page 10. There was little change in technical indicators this week. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite made new highs this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average made a record high on May 17, 2024. The Russell 2000 index remains 17% below its high of 2442.74 made on November 8, 2021. Both the Russell and the DJIA are trading below their 50-day and 100-day moving averages this week. See page 13. The 25-day up/down volume oscillator remains close to zero, a sign that volume in advancing stocks has been equal to volume in declining stocks. See page 14.

Gail Dudack

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US Strategy Weekly: Looking for the Perfect Soft Landing

The stock market has been advancing strongly based on the belief that 1.) inflation is trending lower 2.) the Fed’s next move will be a rate cut not a rate hike and 3.) that there will be two rate cuts this year. Yet, when the JOLTS report showed that job openings fell to more than a three-year low in April, investors got uneasy about the economy, stocks sold off, and bond yields fell. We find this reaction naïve. Moreover, it suggests that investors have been expecting a perfect soft landing of slower economic growth, inflation trending to 2%, and earnings growth in the low double digits. In our view, even if the Federal Reserve were to navigate the economy to the perfect “soft landing” it is apt to be a bumpy ride at best.

Moreover, historical precedent indicates that once inflation reaches more than double the long-term average of 3.4%, the aftermath has always included a recession. We admit it is slightly different this time. As we noted last week, the massive fiscal stimulus that has been employed by the Biden administration through various bills passed by Congress and through federal agency spending over the last three and a half years has successfully postponed a recession. But we are not convinced it has eliminated one forever. And since this stimulus and deficit spending pushed the US debt-to-GDP ratio to 123% as of September 2023, it might mean that the next recession will be worse than it would have been otherwise. Politics and economics simply do not mix.

At the end of this week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the employment report for May. It will be an important indicator in terms of the economy, particularly since recent data releases are giving a mixed picture. However, the Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow tracker — which uses data inputs from throughout the quarter to extrapolate how GDP is pacing — has moved its estimate down to 1.8% after forecasting growth above 4% at the beginning of May. The second estimate for first quarter GDP was revised from 1.6% to 1.3% last week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

If Only Earnings Mattered

However, none of these aforementioned items worried equity analysts who raised estimates significantly last week. The S&P Dow Jones consensus estimate for calendar 2024 is now $241.02, up $0.14, and the 2025 estimate is $276.50, up $1.05. The LSEG IBES estimate for 2024 is currently $244.68, up $0.42 and for 2025 is $279.67, up $0.92, reflecting a 21.7% YOY increase. But the optimism of analysts is best seen in the IBES guesstimate for 2026 earnings which has been steadily jumping higher. Last week this forecast rose $1.23, making the 2026 S&P 500 earnings estimate $314.81, a 12.6% increase.

Yet even as estimates rise, the market is not cheap. Based upon the IBES earnings estimate for calendar 2024, equities remain overvalued with a PE of 21.6 times. Incorporating inflation at 3.4%, the sum of the PE and CPI is 25.0 and above the 23.8 level that defines an overvalued equity market. Even at current S&P 500 prices and with next year’s earnings, the market is trading at a PE of 19.1 times. And assuming inflation does fall to 2% next year, this sum of 21.1 is not far from the 23.8 level that has defined an extremely overvalued market. Overall, this points to an equity market that continues to be driven by liquidity and momentum and not by fundamentals. See page 10.

Technical Indicators Struggling to Remain Positive

The Nasdaq Composite index made a record high on May 28, 2024, the S&P 500 made a record high on May 21, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average made a record high on May 17, 2024. On the other hand, the Russell 2000 index remains 14% below its high of 2442.74 made on November 8, 2021. This week, both the Russell and the DJIA are trading below their 50-day moving averages, and at 2033.94, the Russell 2000 index remains just slightly above the 1650 to 2000 range that contained prices for most of the last 2 ½ years. See page 11.

The 25-day up/down volume oscillator is at 0.97 and neutral after being in overbought territory for four consecutive trading days between May 17 and May 22. This followed six weeks in neutral territory. Since a minimum of five consecutive trading days in overbought is required to confirm a new high, this indicator has not confirmed any of the new highs made in the S&P 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average since early January. See page 12.

Daily new highs are falling, and new lows are increasing and this week the 10-day average of daily new highs is 187 and new lows are 72. This combination of new highs above 100 and new lows below 100 is still positive. The NYSE advance/decline line made a new record high on May 20, 2024, is positive, and confirms the new highs in the popular at that time. However, with the exception of May 28th and May 31st, daily volume has been weak for most of the last three weeks, and largely trailing behind the 10-day average for most of the recent advance.

Economics

The PCE deflator for April showed prices rising 2.65% YOY versus 2.7% YOY in March — a fractional decline — but still faster than the 2.46% YOY pace seen in January. The core PCE deflator was 2.75% YOY in April versus 2.8% YOY in March and this index has been sequentially lower since the 5.47% YOY rate recorded in September 2022. Core CPI has been only fractionally lower in the last three months and core PPI has been virtually unchanged for the last four months. Nonetheless, consensus scored this as an inflation victory. See page 3.

Personal income increased 4.5% YOY in April, which was a slight improvement over March’s 4.4%, while disposable personal income rose 3.7% YOY. However, after inflation and taxes, real personal disposable income rose merely 1.0% YOY, down from the 1.3% YOY reported in March. Personal consumption expenditures increased 5.3% YOY, down from 5.6% in April, and this was well above the 4.5% increase in personal income and the 3.7% rise in disposable income. April was the third consecutive month in which consumption exceeded disposable income. The pattern cannot last forever. See page 4.

Real disposable income rose 1.0% YOY, bringing the 3-month average down to 1.3%. There is a close relationship between income and job growth which will make May payrolls important. In April the household survey employment growth was 0.8% YOY, well below trend. Whenever job growth turns negative on a year-over-year basis, the economy is usually entering a recession. Still, establishment payrolls grew 1.8% YOY in April, which is the average pace. See page 5.

Personal income trends in April included a deceleration in personal interest payments; however, these were still growing at 13.25% YOY. Tax payments are trending higher and were up 9.96% YOY in April. Government transfers have been volatile in recent years but rose 4.25% YOY in April. Also notable is the continuous increase in government wages which rose 8.6% YOY in April, as compared to private industry wages which rose 4.2% YOY. This disparity may explain why Washington DC believes inflation is not and has not been, a problem for consumers. See page 7.

The ISM manufacturing index fell to 48.7 in May and has been below the 50 benchmark for 18 of the last 19 months. The one bright spot in the May report was the increase in the employment index from 48.6 to 51.1. The pending home sales index fell to 72.3 in April, down 7.7% for the month and down 7.4% YOY. This was the lowest reading since the pandemic low of 70 seen in April 2020. This does not bode well for the housing industry in the second half of this year.

Gail Dudack

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US Strategy Weekly: Not a New Normal

The Wall Street Journal article entitled “Wall Street’s Favorite Recession Indicator is in a Slump of its Own” caught our attention this week. The writer asks the question of whether there is still value in the idea that an inverted Treasury yield curve can predict a recession. The yield curve, typically measured as the spread between the 1-year or 2-year Treasury note and the 10-year note, has currently been inverted for 23 months and since 1968, an inverted yield curve has been followed by a recession in the subsequent nine to 24 months. So, by historical standards, we should be in or entering a recession right now.

But there are no signs of a recession on the horizon, particularly with monthly employment statistics showing job growth averaging 242,000 over the last three months and there are no signs that the yield curve inversion will end any time soon. Therefore, it is valid to question whether there is still value in an inverted yield curve or if the current environment is the beginning of a “new normal.”

We believe the inverted yield curve is a valid indicator and we do not think this is a new normal. Recessions and expansions might be muted by monetary and fiscal policy, but in our opinion, they cannot be eliminated. And we admit that we count ourselves among those who were looking for a recession last year. This was not due just to the inverted yield curve, but also to the string of months of negative year-over-year real retail sales, the Conference Board’s leading economic indicator signaling a recession for 22 consecutive months (ending in February 2024), and suspected weakness in the housing market. The one recession indicator that did not appear was perhaps the most critical and that is weakening job growth. Whenever the year-over-year change in employment in the establishment and household surveys turn negative, it is an excellent forecaster of a recession. That signal did not materialize. Was it because there was a massive catch up in employment after the Covid–19 shutdown? Or was there some underlying driver of the economy that was not being measured? In retrospect, it seems quite clear that it is due to a historical level of fiscal stimulus.

The Federal Reserve had been too dovish for too long in the face of rising inflation, but the inverted yield curve was a sign that this stimulus was being unwound. What was not being unwound was fiscal stimulus. And even though the pandemic stimulus passed by Congress was slowly fading into the background, it was followed in August 2022, by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act (which should have been named the Clean Energy Act) which the administration described as “one of the largest investments in the American economy, energy security, and climate that Congress has made in the nation’s history. In short, the stimulus continued well after the pandemic was over.

More recently the administration has shifted to boosting the economy through government agencies. This is best seen on www.whitehouse.gov website which currently lists in its press releases the following statements: May 21, 2024 – 1 Million PACT Act Claims Approved and Benefits Delivered to Veterans in all 50 States and US Territories; May 22, 2024 – Statement from President Joe Biden on $7.7 Billion in Student Debt Cancellation for 160,000 borrowers; May 22, 2024 – Biden to Release 1 Million Barrels of Gasoline to Reduce Prices at the Pump Ahead of July 4; May 24, 2024 – Statement on the Signing of the Recruit and Retain Act (COPS – Community-Oriented Policing Services); May 24, 2024 – Meeting with Community Lenders Expanding Capital for Underserved Communities; May 28, 2024 – Biden-Harris administration Launches Federal-State Initiative to Bolster America’s Power Grid. Over the past week there have also been various federal disaster relief programs for West Virginia, Nebraska, Maine, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas, which have suffered from tornadoes and other weather-related disasters.

We are not making judgment on any of these spending initiatives; however, it is clear that there has been a steady stream of fiscal stimulus over the last four years. Moreover, the White House website reveals that it continues on a near-daily basis.

This spending is liquidity and liquidity is good for financial markets. But spending also results in deficits and at some point, it will have to stop, perhaps abruptly. We wonder how many of today’s investors remember the Greek debt crisis that materialized shortly after the financial crisis of 2008-2009. It crushed the Greek economy, and it should be mandatory reading for all investors and all politicians. But for now, the US debt market appears complacent and that is good news for equities.

May’s Conference Board consumer confidence indices improved from upwardly revised levels in April; nevertheless, the indices remain in the lower half of the range seen over the last 18 months. Revised numbers for May’s University of Michigan consumer sentiment indices were up slightly from initial estimates, yet again, indices remain well below January’s peak. In general, sentiment indices improved from April’s lows, but remain below recent peaks and well below 2019 peaks. See page 3.

New home sales were 634,000 units in April, down 5% for the month, down 7.7% YOY, and negative for the first time in 12 months. Existing home sales were 4.14 million units, down 1.9% for the month, down 1.9% YOY, and remain in the negative year-over-year pattern seen since August 2021. In both cases, sales are well below the peak levels seen in January 2021 for new home sales and below the October 2020 peak in existing home sales. See page 4.

All the same, the median price of a new single-family home was $433,500 in April, down 1.4% for the month, but up nearly 4% YOY. This is just 6% below the record new home price of $460,300 set in October 2022. The median price of an existing home was $412,100, up nearly 4% for the month, up 5.6% YOY, and close to the record $415,700 price set in June 2023. See page 5.

Residential construction and housing prices have remained strong despite a slowing sales trend due to limited inventory. The months of supply of existing single-family homes reached a record low of 1.6 in January 2022, and while it rose to 3.4 months in April, up from 3.0 months in March, the supply of homes remains historically low. It should be noted that an assortment of home price indices indicate prices are rising again, after a slump from February 2022 to April 2023. See page 6.

Existing home sales are currently six to seven times larger than new home sales and would probably be higher if inventory were greater. However, many households are finding it difficult to move or trade up in a housing market with both rising prices and higher interest rates. Still, there are signs that the housing market is improving in 2024 and if the Fed cuts interest rates later this year, the residential real estate market should improve significantly. This is just one example of why Fed policy has been a major focus for investors. See page 7. Right now, financial markets are complacent that cuts are ahead. The PCE deflator reported later this week will therefore be an important release. And finally, technical indicators are supportive of the current rally. The one laggard is our 25-day up/down volume oscillator, which despite being overbought for four consecutive days recently, is yet to confirm the advance.

Gail Dudack

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You Wish You Had More Money to Invest But Don’t …

DJIA:  39,065

You wish you had more money to invest but you don’t … that’s the top.  Well, if that were true for all of us, that is, when all the money is in, by definition that’s it.  It’s money, that is, liquidity that drives markets.  The question, of course is how do you know when the money is in?  There are a few macro measures but best are those Advance-Decline numbers.  In the short run they are important because the average stock typically leads the stock Averages.  In doing so, however, they also offer an insight into liquidity.  Over the last few weeks there have been only seven or eight days with fewer than 2000 advancing issues, and seven days with more than 3000 advancing issues.  It takes a lot of money to push 2000-3000 stocks higher every day, meaning the liquidity for now is still there.  As it diminishes, so too will the number of advancing issues.

Dow 40,000 is quite a run from Dow 5000, but somehow 5000 seemed more exciting.  In reality, none of these so-called milestone numbers have mattered a whole heck of a lot, except perhaps to the media.  Bloomberg’s John Authers makes the point with which most agree, it’s a strange measure.  Security selection always seems with an eye to the past, like adding Cisco (47) well past its prime.  And, of course, there was the untimely removal of an original Dow stock, GE (165).  Meanwhile, Intel (30) is there with its 133 billion market cap but not Nvidia (1038) with its 2.3 trillion market cap.  To be fair, over the last seven years Apple (187) contributed some 3000 points.  Two other Mag 7 stocks are there, Amazon (181) and Microsoft (427), but underrepresented compared to Goldman Sachs (458) and United Healthcare (517).  If denominated in Gold, the Dow has been flat since it hit 20,000, making its performance more like that of the Equal Weight S&P.

Price gaps refer to the empty space on a bar chart, left when the low price one day is well above the high price of the previous day, and vice versa.  Most stocks trade actively enough we can say it takes a lot of buying or selling to cause gaps, making them important.  Indeed, we find prices subsequently tend to follow in the direction of gaps.  Nothing is perfect and there are some recognizable exceptions, one being this week’s downside gap in Palo Alto (311).  The stock had a downside gap that was quite extreme last February that quickly reversed only to die at the 50-day.  The gap this week is what you might call the good kind, it didn’t break the 50-day.  Gaps that don’t change an uptrend, as is the case here, typically are just normal corrections, and likely a buying opportunity.

The 200-day moving average seems a good definition of a medium-term trend.  For the market as a whole, 73% of stocks are above this average, 70% is thought to indicate a bull market.  When it comes to stock selection, clearly there’s a lot to choose from.  Indeed, we can’t quite recall a time when Tech and Commodities were both performing well, let alone together with Utilities.  So it’s not just AI, and even when it comes to AI it’s the many associated stocks that have also performed well.  These include the Electric providers, like Constellation (221) and Vistra (96), as well as names, like Quanta (277) and Eaton (338). Meanwhile, despite what seems a fixation on Tech, even Staples like Colgate (94) act well.

The earnings heard around the world.  Earnings for Nvidia were the easy part.  They were good and everyone and their brother knew they would be.  With a good chart, there is no reason to expect a poor reaction.  Still, it’s never about the news, rather how the market reacts to the news.  The stock has been consolidating for 2 ½ months, and if anything should be ready for another run.  Meanwhile, after all the praise we heaped on those A/D numbers, the last few days have turned a little sloppy.  Weak down days are not the problem, worry about the weak up days.  The S&P has seen more than 20 new highs in the first hundred days of trading.  A feat often followed by weakness in a very short term, but strength always over the next six months.

Frank D. Gretz

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US Strategy Weekly: Utilities in Play

Along with many other stock markets around the world, the Nasdaq Composite index and the S&P 500 index recorded all-time highs this week. These highs came just a day before Nvidia Corp. (NVDA – $953.86), Wall Street’s third largest firm by market capitalization, reports first quarter earnings after Wednesday’s closing bell. Expectations are for another blowout quarter for the chip maker. The global focus on Nvidia’s earnings suggests it could be a significant market catalyst and more importantly, a test of whether the outsized rally in AI-related stocks can be sustained. Nvidia’s earnings report also comes as the stock is about to test the psychological $1,000 level, which could become a challenge, at least in the short run, considering the stock is already up over 8-fold from its October 2022 low. In our view, the obsession surrounding Nvidia’s earnings release is worrisome and revealing. It reflects a certain underlying weakness in the market if one stock is vital to the current advance and to investor confidence.

But it is also interesting to see how many different ways artificial intelligence can drive the stock market. Utilities became the latest AI-related darling. The interim CEO for American Electric Power Company Inc. (AEP – $92.62), Benjamin Fowke, noted in a hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee this week, that a single data center requires three to fifteen times the amount of power as a large manufacturing facility. According to Fowke, “One small example of this demand surge – OpenAI’s ChatGPT requires 2.9 watt-hours per request, and that’s nearly 10 times more power than a typical Google (Alphabet Inc. C – GOOG – $179.54) search.” And voila! Utilities are now an AI play. As a result, in one month the utility sector jumped from being the next-to-worst performing S&P 500 sector to the third best performing sector. See page 15.

Wednesday will also include the release of the minutes of the May FOMC meeting. The document will be scrutinized for any sign of a possible rate cut in September, since the consensus and the CME FedWatch Tool are currently suggesting a 90% probability of at least one rate cut before the end of the year. We do not expect a rate cut this year. The one exception would be if the economy stumbled into a recession and that does not appear likely either.

The recent rally has had several catalysts, but the key one seems to have been the April CPI report. Headline CPI ratcheted down from 3.5% in March to 3.4% YOY in April while core CPI eased from 3.8% to 3.6%. The general trend of these two indices appears to be stable to lower; however, if one looks at the heavy-weighted components of the CPI index it shows that while prices in food & beverage and housing are decelerating (i.e., rising at a slower pace), transportation and medical prices are now accelerating. See page 3.

Many economists have been theorizing that inflation would already be at 2% if owners’ equivalent rent were excluded, and that rents were not reflecting the slowdown in home prices. There are a number of problems with this theory. First, there has always been a lag between the prices of homes and the level of rents, and this is logical. Rents usually reset every year or two which means that rising or falling housing prices work through the economy slowly with a big lag. Second, the argument that the CPI would be lower excluding OER is losing viability because the housing prices are rising again. Third, the driver of inflation made a significant shift many months ago from housing and energy to services (most notably insurance and medical). See page 4.

Inflation less shelter represents nearly 64% of the CPI and since this index hit a low of 0.6% YOY in June 2023, it has been steadily rising and rose 2.2% in April. All core CPI indices were above 2% in April, up from last year’s lows. More importantly, in April, services less rent rose 4.9% YOY, medical care services, which had been declining in 2023, rose 2.7% YOY and services less medical care services rose 5.6% YOY. See page 5. We fear the stock market may be too complacent about inflation.

Last week we noted that consumer confidence fell in May, this week we see that retail sales for April were disappointing. Seasonally adjusted total retail and food services sales were essentially unchanged from March, although up 3.0% from a year earlier. Note that the March 2024 report was revised down from up 0.7% to 0.6%. From a retailer’s perspective, after adjusting for inflation of 3.4%, real retail sales declined 0.4% YOY. The main high points of the April report were the same familiar areas: miscellaneous stores (up 6.8%), nonstore retailers (up 7.5%), and food services and drinking places (up 5.5%).See page 6.

The area of the economy that could be a concern this year is housing. Housing affordability fell in March from 103.2 to 101.1. The decline came from a combination of a slightly higher mortgage rate of 6.9% and a higher median existing single-family home price of $397,200. The $9,200 increase in home prices was much larger than the $680 increase in the median family income, which increased from $100,876 to $101,556. Similarly, the NAHB confidence index fell from 51 to 45 in May and is now below the 50-point threshold which marks a poor building outlook. Current single-family sales fell from 57 to 51 and the 6-month outlook for sales fell from 60 to 51. See page 7.  

Nevertheless, the good news is found in the technical condition of the stock market, which is much improved this week. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite index made record highs on May 21, 2024 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average made a record high on May 17, 2024. The Russell 2000 index remains 14% below its high of 2442.74 made on November 8, 2021, however, the technical pattern is positive, and it is trading above all its moving averages. See page 10.

The 25-day up/down volume oscillator is at 4.02 and in overbought territory for the third consecutive trading session. This is positive; however, a minimum of five consecutive trading days in overbought territory is required to confirm a new high which means, to date, this indicator is yet to confirm this week’s all-time highs. The last confirmation from this oscillator appeared at the turn of the year when it was overbought for 22 of 25 consecutive trading days ending January 5, 2024. See page 11.

The 10-day average of daily new highs is 400 and new lows are 44. This combination of new highs above 100 and new lows below 100 is positive. The NYSE advance/decline line made a new record high on May 21, 2024, is positive, and confirms the new high in the popular indices this week. The one caveat is that daily volume has been weak and running consistently below the 10-day average for most of the recent advance. See page 12. The current rally has been a liquidity-driven event and not a valuation-driven advance. Despite the fact that earnings have exceeded consensus expectations, those expectations were significantly lowered just ahead of earnings season. The S&P 500 trailing four quarter operating PE multiple is now 24.3 times and is well above all long-term averages. See page 8. The 12-month forward PE multiple is 20.8 times and well above its long-term average of 15 times and its 1985 to present average of 17.8 times.  

Gail Dudack

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Be Careful What You Wish For

DJIA:  39,869

Be careful what you wish for … the troops have been leading the generals.  Everyone complained about the narrow market, but it had its advantages.  When it was just the FANG stocks, and just Nvidia (943) and friends, at least you knew what you wanted to buy.  FANG and the Semis seem to be coming out of their stall, but there has been almost a surfeit of riches, and hence the good A/D numbers. This has included Staples and Utilities, making some uncomfortable.  The belief there is that when staid sectors lead, the rally is not to be trusted.  This narrative doesn’t hold up historically, especially when like now many areas are participating.  And as we’ve noted, Utilities have become pretty techy of late.

In tennis, when you get your racket back early good things happen.  In the stock market, when the average stock leads the stock Averages good things happen.  The A/D Index has been sitting at a new high for a while, now the Averages are there as well.  Since April 18 there have been only six days on the NYSE with more declining than advancing issues. Most dramatic were the three consecutive days at the start of May which saw advances 3-to-1versus declines. Typically you see numbers like that coming off of a washout sort of low, when stocks are stretched to the downside.  That was not the case this time, and all the better. When the S&P has been above its 200-day and there were three consecutive 3-to-1 up days, markets were higher in every case three and six months later, according to SentimenTrader.com.

So, when someone tells you they’re very bearish, you in turn might say so you don’t own any stocks. They in turn would likely retort, well I am in this or that and so on. That’s when you say – so you’re not really bearish, if you were, you would not own any or many stocks.  If this little discourse were quantifiable, it would be called a passive sentiment indicator.  Typically surveys measure people’s opinions, not their actions.  These have their value, but also suffer from the problem of knowing when to be contrary.  In good markets, investors do become bullish, it’s normal.  It’s the extremes that matter.  Meanwhile, we find transactional measures more helpful.  There is one called the ROBO P/C Ratio, or retail options to buy, to open indicator. In the little 5% correction, this measure showed bottom equivalent bearishness.

Biotechs have had a tough go of it for some time.  Hope springs eternal, as most of us remember all of the good times.  With some 500 names even in our database, we know once started a run can be a bit contagious. Recently Amgen (315) has turned into an interesting chart, with its own gap a week or so ago.  It also has one of those orderly, consistent long-term uptrends, surprising for a Biotech.  From early May through the end of July Biotechs also are in a seasonally favorable period.  Meanwhile, of course, AI remains the market’s focus. Even here, however, interest has spread to supporting names like Quanta Services (264), Vertiv (97), Eaton (330) and even Copper companies like Freeport (52).  For what it’s worth, we don’t think the MEME revival is the worst thing.  Speculation in moderation is part of good markets.

Tuesday’s PPI could have taken the market lower; Wednesday’s CPI need not have taken the market much higher.  The rationale seems simple – the market makes the news, and in this case the market wanted to go higher.  So what do we expect from here?  To go by the history of three consecutive 3-to-1up days, or the five consecutive months higher in the Averages, we should see another six months of on balance higher prices. Important, of course, is that we continue with what got us here, respectable action in the average stock.  Stocks peak before the Averages.  Meanwhile, we wouldn’t lose track of Bitcoin here.

Frank D. Gretz

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