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The main indexes have made three consecutive lower highs and lower lows since mid-August. The number of distribution days is growing. It seems they are headed for a test of their summer lows. Some mega-cap stocks like META, GOOGL, and NVDA already made new year-to-date lows and those are the ones that are the most sensitive to the economic cycle.
The year-over-year Inflation keeps coming above 8%, which probably won’t change in the next few months. This would give the Fed all the excuses they need to keep raising interest rates. As the Fed keeps fixating on inflation, the market is starting to worry about a potential recession in 2023 due to Fed’s action. New credit creation is shrinking quickly as interest rates are rising. Companies that are economic bellwethers keep lowering their earnings guidance by a shocking size. The most recent examples are FedEx (FDX) and Nucor Corporation (NUE).
While the indexes and most stocks are in a clear downtrend, there are some groups that are showing notable relative strength. Anything related to alternative energy is holding relatively well – EVs (TSLA, RIVN), solar (ENPH, FSLR, SPWR, NOVA, etc.), lithium (LTHM, ALB, etc.), others (BE, PLUG, STEM, etc.). Ironically, the only group that is holding well is the one that is expecting hefty government subsidies.
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