November 25, 2018
Weekly Market Outlook
By Keith Schneider
US equites retreated yet again this week, down - 4% on average leaving 3 out of 4 key benchmarks indexes down for the year. Volume patterns show institutional selling with only one accumulation day over the past several weeks. FANG stocks plus APPL continue to falter, which casts a dark cloud over the market.
From our vantage point, this is no time to be a passive investor as sentiment for this approach has reached a fever pitch. However, even savvy investors trying to navigate their way through this down move are finding the classic safety plays marginally profitable.
While US Bonds have bounced from lows set in early November, they have not offered much of a reprieve since the beginning of the swoon starting in October. Consumer staples and utilities, other classic safe havens, have not offered much upside exhibiting mostly sideways action.
In fact, Bonds are the catalyst pressuring stocks. The 35-year downtrend in rates is most likely over and other than a short-term technical bounce from current levels, bonds should remain under pressure. Further rate increases from the Fed are on the horizon.
Other fissures include a strong dollar and oil prices that went from a wild bull to a bear market in a matter of weeks, thus hinting at a global economic slowdown.
The turkey week take-aways are: