U.S. Stock indexes gave up all the gains made in July in just a few days, led by the NASDAQ 100 which dropped -4.07% for the week.
There are several factors contributing to the sell-off that include an escalating trade war with China (new tariffs starting in September) and a rate cut by the Fed that either was not enough or unwelcome.
Robert Schiller (the Nobel prize winner in economics) noted that we have the lowest unemployment levels in decades and a stock market that recently hit new all-time highs (of course it was a lot closer to ATH when he spoke) which is not the typical environment for rate cuts. He thinks we should be raising rates not lowering them.
The Fed did not heed Schiller's advice, and it will not have much wiggle room to lower rates should a recession occur. Regardless, U.S. long bonds rallied hard and ended up almost 4% for the week.
Weekly charts that show poor momentum is finally exerting influence on the shorter-term timeframes. All global stock markets ended in the red with emerging markets breaking hard. Also noteworthy is that Value stocks (VTV) held up better than growth (VUG).
This week’s highlights are:
This nasty sell-off might be running a bit rich, so it’s possible we find support and bounce from current levels or touch a trend line a few percent below current levels before a rally.
If equities markets fail to find support as noted above, we could see another 5% tacked on to current losses.
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