Momentum Monday – Resilient Market

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Many of the recent breakouts to 52-week highs haven’t really followed through. In the meantime, pullbacks to rising 20 and 50-day moving averages in strong stocks keep getting bought. There is a constant sector rotation. Semiconductors are the undisputed big leader year to date but they have fallen behind in the past couple of weeks. Their relative strength line has been declining as other sectors have picked up. The net result is a resilient S&P 500. SPY broke out last week. As long as it holds above 407, it is likely to test 420. The Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) is setting up for a potential breakout near 320-322. If it clears that level, it is likely to test 330. 

A lot will depend on the market reaction to earnings. The new earnings season has just begun. Big banks like JPMorgan crushed estimates and gapped above their 50-day moving average. This alleviates some of the concerns about the financial sector which has been keeping the S&P 500 down. Next on deck is Big Tech which reports in the next three weeks.

Much of equities’ resilience in the past month or so can be attributed to declining inflation expectations and a weak US dollar. The dollar has been almost perfectly negatively correlated to the S&P 500. If for whatever reason the US Dollar rallies, equities are likely to have a serious headwind.

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